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  • A Colombian mother-daughter duo had their cookbook named the best cookbook in the world by the Gourmand Awards.
  • Zoraida “Chori” Agamez and her daughter Heidy Pinto wrote “Envueltos,” a cookbook that details traditional recipes and Colombian takes on other Latin American staples.
  • The Gourmand Awards began in 1995 and act as a premier food and culture award for food and wine content.

A Colombian mother-daughter duo had their cookbook named the best cookbook in the world by the Gourmand Awards in Paris.

Zoraida “Chori” Agamez and her daughter Heidy Pinto, who are from Barrancabermeja, Colombia, wrote “Envueltos,” a cookbook that details traditional recipes and Colombian takes on other Latin American staples, such as tamales.

“In troubled times, in sad moments, in the middle of a pandemic, cooking will always be part of the solution,” the duo wrote on Instagram following their win. “Long live tradition, envueltos and Colombian cuisine.”


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Agamez and Pinto initially wrote a blog of their recipes called, “El Toque Colombiano (The Colombian Touch),” until publisher Daniel Guerrero stumbled upon it and told them he’d like to publish their recipes as a book.

The Gourmand Awards began in 1995 and act as a premier food and culture award for food and wine content.


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Published on Dec 06, 2021