Adventist Cookbook Named Best in the World

A book authored by a Seventh-day Adventist nutritionist and published by Signs Publishing has been named “Best in the World.” Food as Medicine: Cooking for Your Best Health was awarded the Best “Health and Nutrition” Cookbook in the world for 2016 at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, held in Yantai, China, May 26-29.

“The Gourmand award originates from France and is highly coveted. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect we would win,” said the book’s author, nutritionist Sue Radd, after she learned of the win from Signs Publishing’s general manager Andrew Irvine, who attended the awards ceremony. “It’s a great honor and definitely a blessing. My hope is it will open doors to have the important messages contained in this book reach millions of people around the globe,” she added.

According to Ms. Radd, who is conducting doctoral research into nutrition and mental wellbeing at The University of Sydney, the award recognizes Food As Medicine as beautifully presented, highly practical for use in home kitchens and, importantly, underpinned by the latest scientific research. “It also challenges you to try some new things, such as a new vegetable or spice, or a different way of cooking something you already use,” she explained. “Most importantly, the recipes are delicious because they are inspired by many traditional kitchens around the world.”

The award was presented by Edouard Cointreau, chairman of the awards committee. The Cointreau family operates Le Cordon Bleu cooking schools around the world, along with a number of other significant food and food-related businesses. Since 1995, the Gourmand awards have honored the best food and wine books, as well as food television shows. Publishers from more than 200 countries participate in this prestigious annual competition.

“There is no higher award in the cookbook world,” Mr. Irvine said. “Standards are very high and there is significant competition in each category.”

Food As Medicine was awarded best Health and Nutrition cookbook in Australia late last year, which meant its nomination for the international award was then shortlisted as one of eight in the “Health and Nutrition” category from around the world. Already this year, agreements have been entered into for editions of Food As Medicine in German and Slovene and this award is likely to lead to more international interest.

“It was a privilege to receive this award on behalf of the talented team who made the book possible,” Mr. Irvine said. “And I have been amazed by the support and encouragement received from other chefs and industry professionals I have met during the awards process.”

Ms. Radd offers her award-winning cookbook as another evidence that Adventists can be appropriately proud of their history and insights into health and wellbeing. “The health message has never been more relevant than it is right now,” she said. “It is vital that every Adventist learns it — or re-learns it — and applies it to their own life, so they can also help others live happier, healthier lives.”

Food As Medicine is available from Adventist Book Centers in Australia and New Zealand. More information is available on the Food As Medicine website or “Like” Food As Medicine on Facebook.

This story was written by Nathan Brown and originally published on Adventist Record. It is reprinted here with permission.

Image courtesy of Adventist Record.

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If this is “the best cook book in the world” why cannot I order it on AMAZON?

With such a SPLENDID bonanza of a review, why is it not flying off the shelves??

The publishers and authors need to seek appropriate marketing expertise.

Selling it only at Adventists book centers in Australia will lead to limited sales and scant profits! Surely the aim should be to maximize exposure to the book’s health message, even if their desire for financial success is not their primary goal.

I tried to order the book on Amazon without success.

Thank you for your interest in Food As Medicine. It is widely available in bookstores across Australia but we are still working on distribution arrangements and agreements in other parts of the world. (We hope this award will open some more opportunities for this.) Check with your local Adventist Book Center because some of the stores in North America did purchase small quantities of the book, but the easiest way to access Food As Medicine internationally is Happy and healthy cooking.

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This is easy to order from the publisher in Australia and they pay shipping.

Indeed. This is a winner!