Nelson Mandela Foundation


Anna Trapido accepts the Gourmand World Cook Book Award from Edouard Cointreau

July 2, 2009 – Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela has won a Special Jury prize in the “Oscars” of food books from around the world.

The prize for the book, published by Jacana Media in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2008, was presented at the 14th Gourmand World Cook Book Awards ceremony in Paris, France yesterday evening.

Author Anna Trapido accepted the award from Edouard Cointreau, the founder of the awards, before an audience of more than 300 at La Comedie Francaise, the historic theatre in central Paris.

Authors and publishers from more than 30 countries received prizes in a variety of categories for the awards, which were started at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1995.

Trapido, who worked closely with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to produce Hunger for Freedom, won the Best Culinary History category for another book, To the Banqueting House: African Cuisine, an Epic Journey, in 2006 in Beijing, China in the same competition.

Thanking the “Mandela family” and the Nelson Mandela Foundation when she received her prize, Trapido said “Nelson Mandela can be deliciously inspiring”.