The sun has set on the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2014 and Colombia has walked away with the honor of being the home country of the Best Cookbook in the World.
Cocina Palenquera para el mundo (Palenquera Cuisine for the World), a cookbook containing 60 ancestral recipes handwritten by previously illiterate senior citizens, received the first prize during the awards ceremony held in Beijing. The title (pictured below) beat out competitors from 187 countries facing off in 102 categories.
In second place we find Historic Heston (pictured up top), a cookbook written by British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal and Dave McKean, while third place went to Thailand's Issaya Siamese Club Cookbook by Chef Ian Kittichai and Joe Cummings.
Highlights of the ceremony include The Photography of Modernist Cuisine (pictured below) by Nathan Myhrvold winning first place in the category for best food photography. The United States also won first place in the category for sustainable food for Forty Chances by Howard Buffett with a foreword by Warren Buffett.
Delicously Yours by Pakistani chocolatier Lal Majid won first place in the pastry category making that the first time a book from an independent Pakistani publisher has been recognised and awarded on an international platform, the The Nation reports.
Meanwhile, Italy walked away with two big wins: Evviva la Mozzarella! by Rossanna Marziale (cheese category) and Venezia nel Piatto, Ma che Piatto by Enrica Rocca (historical recipes category). Check out a full list of the winners here.