My Curated Exhibition in the Linen Hall Library Belfast

I’ve curated an exhibition at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast to serve up Northern Ireland Cookery Books Shortlisted for the 2014* Gourmand Best in the World Cookbook Awards.


For the first time Northern Ireland has been recognised as an official participant of the annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards which will take place in China in June. Gourmand International, organisers of the Awards, has chosen the Linen Hall Library as the venue to host an exhibition of the Northern Ireland shortlisted titles which will be displayed from Wednesday 25 February until Tuesday 30 June.

Gourmand International, run by the internationally known Cointreau family, is keen to reward and honour those who ‘cook with words’ which is why the Linen Hall Library has been chosen as the host of this sumptuous exhibition. Literary excellence will be matched with culinary excellence to serve up a mouth-watering display of books celebrating the best of Northern Irish cuisine.

Edouard Cointreau, founder and President of Gourmand International and the World Cookbook Awards, says: “Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales all have their own listings to respect the diversity of their publishing. Scotland had the first, due to the strength of the Scottish Publishers Association (SPA), followed by Wales. We now have Northern Ireland, with a strong listing for its first time in the Gourmand Awards. The extraordinary quality of its products and hospitality promises more cookbooks, essays and studies in the coming years.”

These are the titles that have been shortlisted to go forward to the Gourmand Best in the World Cookbook, Drinks Book and World Food TV Awards in Yantai, China, IN June 2015.

Shortlisted for Best Chef Book in the World

Irish Pantry (Running Press, USA) by Noel McMeel

Shortlisted for Best Food Writing in the World

Dreams and Recipes 1904 – 1914 (CreateSpace) by Viola Dono

Shortlisted for Best Local Book and Best Culinary Travel Book in the World

Feast or Famine a Culinary Food Journey of the North West of Ireland (Guildhall Press) by Emmett McCourt

Shortlisted for Best Charity Book and Best Health Book in the World

Well Being Cookbook for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland by Jeanne Rankin, Deirdre Conlon and Niamh McDaid

Shortlisted for Best Digital Food Website, Best Digital Food Institution and Best Culinary Travel in the World

NI Good Food/ Taste of Ulster

The exhibition is curated by James McIntosh MA, MICSc, FRSA, MIACP from Tandragee, winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2008 for Best Series of Food Books in the World, and winner of the Gourmand World Food Television Award 2013 for his 20-part TV series, Food Adventures on the Silk Road 2, broadcast on China Food TV.

The display is free to view.


*2014 reflects the publishing year, hence the awards held this year are billed as 2014 Awards.)

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