‘Food Olympics’ honour for PWMU Cookbook chronicle

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A book which shines a spotlight on the PWMU Cookbook, along with other Australian community cookbooks, has been honoured at the prestigious international Gourmand Awards.

Tried, Tested and True by Liz Harfull won third prize in the food heritage category at the awards, which have been described as “the food culture equivalent of the Olympics”,  last week in Macau.

The PWMU Cookbook (which raises funds for Presbyterian and Uniting Church mission activities) has personal significance for Liz.

She came from a Presbyterian family and after Union her father was heavily involved in their local Uniting Church, so the cookbook was a regular fixture in the household.

“So as with hundreds of other households, the PWMU Cookbook is linked to some very special personal memories,” she said.

Pam Grant, secretary of the PWMU Cookbook Committee, says many Australians, like Liz, have grown up with the book, which is the oldest continuously published cookbook in Australia. It was first published in 1904.

“For many, it was the book they were given when they left home, got engaged, got married – it was the go-to book for the basic family cooking,” Pam said.

Tried, Tested and True features illustrated stories and classic recipes from 60 Australian community cookbooks.

The Gourmand Awards are based in Paris and honour the world’s best food and wine books, magazines, digital content and publishers.

This year they attracted thousands of entries from more than 200 countries.

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