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At The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

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Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton

Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton

From Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton
Chef Paul Foreman and actor John Xintavalonis (John X) from Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton


The self-published book by Janice Sutton that celebrates all things garlic and a lot that is the Tasman Peninsula, has picked up two national awards at The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. 

Each year the Gourmand Awards honour the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television with entries from 205 countries.

Garlic Feast has been awarded Australia’s Best Self Published Book and Cookbook of the Year and it will now compete in each category against winners from other countries for Best in the World with results announced in May 2017.

STOP PRESS May 2017: Garlic Feast has won Best Self-Published Cookbook in the world at the International Gourmand Cookbook Awards! 

Edouard Cointreau, President of the Jury at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards said “This self-published book is a masterpiece, with world class content, photography, design and production. Garlic is truly international, very much loved in many countries. This book deserves to be translated and promoted around the world."

Garlic Feast was inspired by the Koonya Garlic Festival, held each February on the Tasman Peninsula in South East Tasmania and is a written and visual tribute to the humble bulb. 

Gathering information on its history, planting and over 100 recipes from chefs and cooks from around the country was a huge project but as author and publisher Janice Sutton said “We never know what we are capable of if we don’t try. I could never have imagined in a million years Garlic Feast would win Australian Cookbook of the Year in such a prestigious international competition and I am absolutely thrilled. In fact I am still in shock. This isn't just a win for myself though, it is also a win for everyone who generously contributed to the book, especially the book's talented designer Ian Wallace. I promised Ian we would create some garlic magic together and it seems that we did".

“Why Gourmand chose Garlic Feast over all the other incredible cookbooks out there I can't say but a great deal of hard work, crafting, passion and love went into creating a book we believe comes across as authentic and true to its cause.”

Janice Sutton and Garlic Feast join fellow Tasman Peninsula chef and author, Eloise Emmett and her book Seafood Everyday, as winners of two national Gourmand Awards. Both books were designed by Tasmanian graphic designer Ian Wallace and feature beautiful local photography.

Garlic Feast by Janice Sutton is self published (May 2016, HB 328 pp, RRP A$69.95). It can be purchased direct online from the author at www.garlicfeast.com or from the Koonya Garlic Festival website at www.koonygarlicfestival.com where a percentage of profits will go to the Festival (a not-for-profit organisation).

Read the VisitVineyards review of Garlic Feast here »


About Janice Sutton
anice worked for BBC Radio 4 for more than ten years as a researcher in current affairs and magazine and later as a freelance researcher and producer for BBC National Radios 4 and 5.

In the 90’s she moved to Fremantle, Western Australia where she obtained a Masters degree in Counselling and worked part time as a freelance researcher, designer and writer.

In 2010 she moved to Tasmania and soon after joined ‘Out on a Limb’, the Tasman Peninsula branch of Tasmanian Regional Arts, where she is currently the Marketing And Publicity Officer for the group.  Janice co-organised two community art exhibitions in 2013, and in 2014-15 was curator/co-ordinator for the successful ‘Out of the Ashes Photography and Art Exhibition’ that toured the state following the devastating bushfires in the region in 2013.

Janice was also on the organising committee for the 2014 and 2015 Koonya Garlic Festivals, responsible for marketing and promotions, fund-raising and helping to co-ordinate the festival’s cooking demonstrations.

In 2015 Janice co-wrote and edited The Real Food For Kids Cookbook, produced by talented Tasmanian chef, Eloise Emmett.
Garlic Feast is Janice’s first solo publication.


About the Awards

  • The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau to honour the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television each year.
  • Books from 205 countries participate in these prestigious awards, the only international competition of the sector. It is free, and open to all languages. 
  • Every year, Gourmand gives the awards in a very special location for gastronomy. The Ceremony is always an opportunity to meet every important person in the world of food and books: hundreds of publishers, authors, chefs and journalists take part in these events.



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