Tabula Books is proud to announce that ‘Rose Petal Jam – Recipes and Stories from a Summer in Poland’ has been awarded a prestigious ‘Best in the World’ prize at the Gourmand Awards. Winners were announced at the Folie Bergere in Paris, Tuesday March 6th. The Gourmand Awards, based in France and Madrid, were established 17 years ago and are now the only truly international awards for culinary publishing.

This is the first time a book featuring Polish cooking has been awarded in any category. 

‘Rose Petal Jam’ is a memoir cookbook that describes author Beata Zatorska’s childhood in rural Poland, and includes her grandmother’s recipes for traditional Polish cooking. Gourmand founder Edouard Cointreau – descendant of both the famous Cointreau liqueur and Remy Martin families – described Rose Petal Jam as 'a truly beautiful book'. He said this year had seen big growth in investment and quality in food book production to the East of Europe – including Poland.

Zatorska has never written a book before. A busy family doctor living in Sydney, Australia, she was unable to go to Paris to receive the award. Her husband Simon Target, who took the photographs in the book, went to France in her stead, and accepted the prize in front of an audience of 1300 industry professionals. English-born Target who only went to Poland for the first time a few years ago, said it was a huge honour to be included among the world’s best publications. 'I was mobbed by a group of young Polish designers in the foyer of the Folie Bergere afterwards. I am learning that a friend to Poland finds friends wherever they go'.

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Jane Beaton (UK)

Trina Kaye (USA)                        

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