Food as Medicine wins “Oscar” of cookbooks

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Sue Radd at the launch of Food as Medicine.

An Adventist-published cookbook has been announced as the national winner of the “Best Health & Nutrition Book” in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Food As Medicine: Cooking for Your Best Health by Sue Radd was released by Signs Publishing in October. It features 150 plant-based recipes, as well as extensive explanation of the scientific research that supports the pattern of eating demonstrated in the recipes.

“This wonderful book is a delight for the reader,” said Edouard Cointreau, president of the jury for Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in announcing the award on December 21, 2016. The annual awards have been described as the “Oscars” of cookbooks and attract entries from more than 60 nations. Winning a national award also constitutes entry into the international stage of the awards to be announced in May.

“There are quite a few categories in these awards covering the range of cookbooks, but given the interest in health and nutrition I expect this is among the more crowded categories,” said Nathan Brown, book editor at Signs Publishing. “This is where we want to be—creating, producing and sharing the best health information that can really make a difference in people’s lives.”

"This is where we want to be—creating, producing and sharing the best health information that can really make a difference in people’s lives."

According to Mr Brown, the award represents a team of people working together to produce a book that is both credible and attractive.

Prior to entering Food As Medicine in the Gourmand Awards, the cookbook featured at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Germany) in October 2016, where it attracted interest from publishers from around the world.