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Icelandic Cookbook Awarded in Gourmet Contest

framandi-og-freistandi_yesmineThe Indian-inspired cookbook Framandi og freistandi í eldhúsinu heima (“Exotic and tempting in the kitchen at home”) by Yesmine Olsson, a Swedish culinary enthusiast and personal trainer of Sri Lankan origin who has lived in Iceland for 12 years, won bronze in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris recently, as reported this week.

“This is the second time that I have participated and this is my best achievement so far,” Olsson, who also hosts cooking shows on national broadcaster RÚV, told Fréttabladid. She earned the award in the category of Indian cookbooks.

Olsson believes the achievement may open up opportunities for further publishing abroad—the book has already been released in Austria.

This year authors from 154 different countries entered their cookbooks in the competition, which has 53 categories. It is estimated that 26,000 cookbooks are published worldwide every year and their number is growing.

Iceland has boasted success at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards before; last year a salmon cookbook by Bjarni Brynjólfsson, the editor of the print edition of Iceland Review, among other authors, won the second prize as Best Book on Fish Cookery.

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