Chilean illustrator Joanna Mora bags two Gourmand Awards

SANTIAGO – Joanna Mora has won two world awards in the 22nd edition of the Gourmand Word Cookbook Awards, the most important cookery contest in the world, which hosts approximately 200 countries that postulate nearly 21,000 publications of gastronomy annually.

Mora won first place in the Best Illustrated Book category and second in Best Sandwich Book for his work “The Famous (and Secret) Recipe for Dad” (Editorial Casa de Cartón).

It is a children’s work that by 2016 had already obtained funding from the Book Fund of the National Council of Culture and Arts.

This story is an illustrated album for children of all ages, which through funny illustrations tells the story of a family with a very special custom: every Friday, Dad takes over the kitchen to make his famous secret recipe.

This is the first book written and drawn entirely by designer of the Catholic University, which had previously illustrated, among others, “El moco de Clara” by Andrea Maturana (Alfaguara, 2010), “On the day you were born” by Ana Busch And Caio Vilela (Editorial PubliFolhinha, Brazil, 2011) and “Amina”, by Teresa Gottlieb (Maitri Ediciones, 2015).

In this case, it is a story based on the real life of the same author.

“It was a book that came straight from the heart. My husband, to whom I dedicate this book, was sick for a long time and as a graphic joke, with my daughters we decided to illustrate a surprise with a lot of humor as to how he always cooked, no matter how small, he left the broom in the kitchen. It seemed that I had prepared food for a battalion, “says Mora, whose husband actually runs a pizzeria.

“It was a gift to give you encouragement and to portray a common scene and known by many familiar situations that happen to the interior of the homes,” he explains. “When I started to do it, my daughters sat down to draw with me. It was very nice process, also healing, and in the end we gave it away.”

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Yantai, China, in May. To see the full list of winners, click here.

Gourmand Awards

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau. Every year, they honor the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television.

Books from 205 countries participate in these prestigious awards, the only international competition of the sector. It is free, and open to all languages.

The Gourmand Awards have been compared to the “Oscars” for lm. They are inspired by the Olympic Games and their spirit.