Book on Bhutanese food 2011 winner
Cook with words: Ambassador Rabgye accompanies the authors on stage after the award is announced by Edouard Cointreau.
Best Asian Cuisine Book - Foods of the Kingdom of Bhutan by Ernest and Erik Nagamatsu received the award for the best Asian cuisine book for 2011 on March 3 in Paris.

The president and founder of the gourmand cookbook awards, Edouard Cointreau, handed the award at Paris’s famed music hall, Les Folies Bergeres, to the authors at a ceremony attended by the world’s leading chefs, wine connoisseurs, writers and publishers.

While receiving the award, Ernest and Erik Nagamatsu were joined on stage by Bhutan’s ambassador to Belgium and the EU, Sonam Tobden Rabgye.

The authors dedicated the award to Bhutan and encouraged the audience to visit Bhutan. They also thanked Tshering Doma for sharing her invaluable expertise on Bhutanese cuisine, the Tarayana and Bhutan foundation for the opportunity to work with them, family, friends at home and in Bhutan, and Ambassador Sonam Tobden Rabgye and his wife Yangchen for their participation.

They also thanked Edouard Cointreau and the Gourmand team for bestowing this great honour to Bhutan.

The gourmand world cookbook awards was founded in 1995, and each year honours the best food and wine books. The objective is to reward and honour those, who ‘cook with words,’ help readers find the best out of the 26,000 food and wine books produced every year, to help publishers with international rights to translate and distribute food and wine books, and help book retailers find the top 60 food and wine books that should be offered to clients each year.

The cookbook on Bhutan was printed by Kuensel in 2010, and the authors, who took upon themselves to implement the entire project, dedicated all sales proceeds to Tarayana and Bhutan Foundation, when it was launched in Bhutan in 2010.

By Staff Reporter