Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Pasifika cookbook judged best in the world
The first was Me'a Kai:The Food and Flavours of the South Pacific being judged best cookbook in the world at the Gourmand Cookbook Awards, held in Paris. This is an astonishing win as the other two finalists were the magnificent NOMA Cookbook, a drop dead gorgeous volume by the man many consider the finest chef in the world at the moment, and the stellar New York Times Cookbook.
The gala event the night before the awards was quite the night. The Samoan tourism authority sent across a troupe of dancers to perform at the event, so supportive are they of Robert Oliver's raison d'être for writing the book — to support and encourage local growers and help develop sustainable tourism and agriculture in the Pacific.
On Friday Random House Hew Zealand also heard that Craig Cliff, whose Man Melting was published in 2010 to excellent reviews, is the winner, best first book, of the Commonwealth Writers prize, South East Asia and Pacific region. The overall winners will be announced in May at the Sydney Writers festival.