A book that celebrates the diversity of food in Wales has been nominated for a prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

The Melting Pot, by Maggie Ogunbanwo, celebrates the diversity of food in the Welsh Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and has been nominated for a Gourmand World Cookbook Award.

Founded in 1995 awards honour the best food and wine books, printed or digital, as well as food television shows and has been compared to the Oscars of the culinary literature genre.

Ogunbanwo runs Maggie's African Twist and makes African food products including spices and sauces.

Talking about her book, Maggie said: “I cannot believe it, I’m totally shocked and truly honoured to be nominated and to be among the best cookbooks in the world, it’s truly amazing.

“The book is a celebration of the diverse recipes contributed by members of the minority ethnic community in Wales.

“The recipes draw together flavours, inspirations and traditions from Bali to Zimbabwe and the rich stories behind each dish, recognising food as a universal language through which we can all communicate and share.”

“At the moment my book is at the acclaimed exhibition at the Alfred Nobel Museum in Karlskoga, Sweden, organised by the Gourmand Awards and the Hallbars Sustainability Research Institute.

“Next I’m going to the Paris Cookbook Fair in December and then the Gourmand Cookbook Awards 2022 will take place next spring in Paris which I will be attending. It’s a dream come true.

The book was launched by the Welsh Government’s minister for rural affairs Lesley Griffiths at a virtual book launch back in March this year.

Ms Griffiths said: “I am delighted The Melting Pot has been nominated for such a prestigious award. With some great past winners, it is a true honour to be included in the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards.

“A huge congratulations to Maggie who has done an excellent job showcasing contemporary Wales through the eyes of those within the BAME community who are making a valuable contribution to the Welsh food and drink industry.

“This book reinforces our culture which is rich and varied, and I encourage everyone to try the recipes, read the stories and appreciate the diversity of our country.”

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