We just received news that our book, The Story of Tea A Cultural History and Drinking Guide ( Ten Speed Press, 2007 ) has been nominated for the second tier judging in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008. We were notified that we were named the Best Tea Book in the USA 2008. This means that our book will go on to compete for the title of Best Tea Book in the World 2008.
The organization behind this prestigous competition is headquartered in Madrid, Spain and the competition is the largest cookbook awards in the world. It is international in scope, which means that our book will now be competiting against other tea books ( in all languages ) from Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and European authors.
This is the information posted by Edouard Cointreau, President, on the Gourmand World Cookbook website: “This year 102 countries participated, with 101 countries for cookbooks and 43 for drinks books. We have received approximately 15% more books than last year. We are most impressed by the worldwide increase in quality. We have 88% cookbooks, and 12% drinks books.”
We are thrilled and honored to have our book so recognized, but will have to wait until May to find out if we have won the title of Best Tea Book in the World 2008. Ole !