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The Grenada chocolate family
WINS "BEST IN THE WORLD"
The Grenada Chocolate Family, the first publication by the Grenada Community Library, won big at this year's Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, which were held in Yantai, China. Edited by the library's co-founder, Oonya Kempadoo, Richard Keen-Douglas, and illustrated by Sarah Scoddler in consultation with Grenadian artist, Stacy Byer, the children's coloring storybook was the only publication to take home awards in three categories. The Grenada Chocolate Family was awarded Best in the World in the Fundraising and Charity category, and also won Best in the World third place in both the Caribbean Cookbook World Cuisine and Chocolate categories. It was also selected as the fundraising cause of the awards by Gourmand and Altos Tequila of Mexico, who raised $4,200 Yaun ($600) at their bar for the project.
The Grenada Chocolate Family was written in the Grenada Community Library's creative writing program by a group of over 15 children, overseen by Oonya Kempadoo. Its narrative includes the process of chocolate making, as well as local knowledge and uses of cocoa.
As stated in NOW Grenada, "The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is considered the 'Oscars' of cookbook awards, and is inspired by the spirit of the Olympic Games. Its president, Edouard Cointreau, personally invited the Grenada Community Library to enter The Grenada Chocolate Family into the international cookbook competition, calling the book 'very special.'"