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Canadian cookbooks mix it up at the Gourmand Awards

From March 3-6, booksellers, publishers, chefs, and other foodie types descended on the City of Lights for the annual Paris Cookbook Fair, the largest event of its kind in the world.

The culinary weekend kicked off with the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Entries representing 154 countries competed in 64 cookbook categories and in 28 wine and drinks categories.

In total, Canada received recognition in 16 categories, including a first-place Best Drinks Literary Book win for Entre les Vignes, by Jacques Orhon (Éditions de L’Homme). Surreal Chef Bob Blumer beat out domestic diva Nigella Lawson, taking second place in the TV Celebrity Chef category for his book Glutton for Pleasure (Whitecap). Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala’s Vij’s at Home (Douglas & McIntyre) also received a second-place score in the India category.

For a complete list of winners visit the Gourmand Awards website.