The Hollywood Cookbook Wins Gourmand Best In World Cookbook Award

The Hollywood Cookbook, Cooking for Causes by Jackie Zabel and Morgan Most won the prestigious honor of "Best in the World" in the "Fundraising" category at the 2008 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Winners of the international competition were announced at the Awards gala at the Olympia Theater in London last month. Over 44 countries were represented at the event, which was held in conjunction with the London Book Fair. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau to honor those who cook with words and to increase knowledge of, and respect for, food and wine culture, which promotes peace.

Author Jackie Zabel traveled 6,000 miles to London to attend the awards. "The Gourmand Awards are like the cookbook Olympics and we were very proud to represent the United States. A love of all things culinary is our common language and to attend this ceremony is to appreciate all the amazing international flavors and incredible cooking talent from around the globe. We are grateful for this honor and to the celebrities, charities, sponsors, and creative team that helped us to bring The Hollywood Cookbook to life for the world to enjoy," stated Jackie Zabel.

The Hollywood Cookbook, Cooking for Causes celebrates the art of formal and casual entertaining "Hollywood" style. The elegant, hard cover book features flavorful and imaginative party menus from an ensemble cast of today's leading celebrities, plus delectable recipes from six beloved chefs of the gourmet world. Passionate about entertaining and compassionate about the needs of a changing world, each of the celebrities has graciously contributed original recipes to the book in the name of a charity close to his or her heart, with creations ranging from zesty appetizers to decadent desserts.

The book's stellar lineup includes Academy Award and Emmy Award winning actors from the film and television worlds. The book spotlights the culinary favorites of Ron Howard, Brendan Fraser, Michael J. Fox,Alicia Witt, Anne Hathaway, Marlo Thomas, Thora Birch, Kerry Washington, James Denton, Esai Morales, Jane Kaczmarek, Bradley Whitford, Eric Close, Greg Grunberg, Treat Williams, Mark Dacascos, Don Most, Bob Saget, Paige Hemmis, Scott and Kelley Wolf.

The book features scrumptious recipes from internationally recognized chefs who have shaped the culinary scene with their world-renown restaurants, books and cooking shows. The celebrity chef section highlights Wolfgang Puck, Joachim Splichal, Mario Batali, Rocco Dispirito, Nick Stellino and Michael Cimarusti. The book's foreword is written by Chef Jamie Gwen, a Los Angeles based television and radio personality

Inspired by their world travels, memorable family traditions and festive cultural celebrations, the celebrities share their most enjoyable entertaining experiences, their philanthropic interests and a taste of their lifestyle through personal notes and multi-coursed party menus. Reflecting the diverse palates of the celebrities and chefs, The Hollywood Cookbook boasts a mouth-watering mosaic of healthy and decadent American and international cuisine from Puerto Rico, the Pacific Rim, Mexico, France, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. A portion of the book's proceeds will benefit each of the twenty charities.

Participating Charities:
Art of the Elysium, Boys and Girls Club of America, Camp Heartland, The Children's Lifesaving Foundation, City of Hope, Clothes off our Back, Crystal Peaks Youth Camp, Cure Autism Now, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Lollipop Theater Network, P.S. Arts, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Pediatric Epilepsy, Reel Angels, Save the Children, Scleroderma Research Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Researc


Leslie Feibleman, Marketing Director, The Hollywood Cookbook
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