Award winning recipe book has wild foods from the forest at its heart
26 February 2015 News
"Cuisine from the Forests", the recipe book produced by PEFC Spain to showcase the merits of wild food products, has been declared the Best Sustainable Cookbook in Spanish by the jury of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
The recipe book will now face the winners of the same category of other countries during the competition "Gourmand best in the world". The final result of the contest will be announced next June 9 at the annual gala, to be held in Yantai, China.
“This is a fantastic result for everyone on the team who worked so hard to produce this unique recipe book,” said Ana Belén Noriega, General Secretary of PEFC Spain. “It is extremely encouraging to see wild foods from sustainably managed Spanish forests get the recognition they deserve, and we are already looking forward to the next stage of the contest in China.”
Renowned Spanish chef, Charo Val, who collaborated with PEFC Spain to write the recipe book, highlighted the need to bring sustainable food to consumers: “We need the producers of these beautiful wild foods to put their products on the market; we all rely on the PEFC label as a guarantee of sustainable origin.”
The "Cuisine from the Forests" recipe book formed part of PEFC Spain’s Tastes of Sustainable Forests project, sponsored by the 2013 PEFC Collaboration Fund, which aimed at promoting wild food products from well-managed forests, as well as PEFC certification in the food sector.
The book itself highlights products, techniques and practical proposals to develop a sustainable forest-scented kitchen: twenty recipes based on products that offer multiple possibilities in cooking and baking: mushrooms, truffles, herbs, pine nuts, chestnuts, honey, ham raised in pastures etc. Furthermore, all the recipe books are printed on PEFC-certified sustainably-produced paper.
The Gourmand Awards reward the best books within the world of cuisine. The competition can find its origins back in 1995 when founder Edouard Cointreau found it hard to find volumes on cooking while at the Frankfurt Book Fair. As a result he, along with a group of friends and international publishers, decided to create the World Cookbook Awards.
Try the recipes yourself!
The "Cuisine from the Forests" recipe book is now on sale! Profits from the sales will go towards funding micro-projects to ensure the care of forests, promote wild food products and develop rural areas. Buy it online here (only available in Spanish).