Zing! By Gorji Sweeps Indie Book Awards

  • May 28, 2015

Cookbook honors, in addition to his award-winning Gorji Gourmet Foods™ sauce line, add to Chef Gorji’s culinary legacy.

DALLAS, TX—Gorji, chef-owner of Canary By Gorji restaurant in Dallas,TX has received top book awards from members of the established independent publishing awards community with his first-ever cookbook, Zing! By Gorji – New Mediterranean Cuisine. It is part innovative cookbook, part autobiography and part guide to great culinary shopping tips and methods for creating “New Mediterranean cuisine” including how to use ingredients such as pomegranates, barberries, limes and sumac to infuse dishes with bold flavor.

The awards are a great honor, says Chef Gorji, who has helmed his intimate restaurant nightly for the past 12 years and worked on “Zing!,” a labor of love diligently during this demanding schedule. “There were a lot of long days and weekends devoted to this project but I couldn’t be happier that my story is receiving such widespread acceptance. With this book I have a chance to share some of my recipes—along with the unique sauces of Gorji Gourmet Foods—with people from all over the world.” The latest sauce to be added to the Gorji Gourmet lineup is Arrabiata Diavolo, introduced in late 2014 that has been heating up many of his recipes and has inspired new ones. Gorji compares his spicy Diavolo sauce to writing his cookbook: “The devil is always in the details!”

To date, Zing! By Gorji cookbook has taken home five top awards in book publishing contests, four in cookbook categories and one for best book/author/publisher website.

National Indie Excellence Awards – 2 WINNERS–International & Regional Cookbook Categories
Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the National Indie Excellence® Awards is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small and independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.”Awarded since 2007, the competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

USA Book News Award – WINNER – International Cookbook Category
USA Book News Award winners and finalists have traversed the publishing landscape including Simon & Schuster, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kensington Books, Harlequin, McGraw-Hill, Llewellyn, Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Missouri Press, White House Historical Association, American Bar Association and hundreds of independent publishers. This year’s USA Book News contest had more than 2000 entries for titles.

London Book Festival – WINNER – International Cookbook Category
The London Book Festival awards titles in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian. Published, self-published or independently published authors, they span a wide variety of genres.The panel of judges chooses winners based on an author’s story-telling skills and his/her work’s ability to gain international acclaim.

IPPY Book Awards – GOLD MEDAL–Best Book/Publisher/Author Website
The 19th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. This year’s contest drew over 2,750 entries from authors and publishers in 45 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, and 10 countries overseas.

Gorji, a fine dining restaurant featuring “New Mediterranean Cuisine, Championship Steak and Sustainable Seafood” with a curated domestic and international wine list. It is the first no tipping restaurant in Dallas. Named Dallas’ Best Steakhouse 2021 By Dallas Observer. In March 2021 Gorji celebrated its 18th anniversary. Located at 5100 Belt Line Rd, Suite 402, Dallas, TX 75254. 972-503-7080 gorjirestaurant.com

Gorji Gourmet Foods Includes Pomodoro, Puttanesca and Arrabiata Diavolo pasta sauces, Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Dipping Oil & Marinade. They have won a total of 38 awards in blind judging food competitions. They are available in DFW Whole Foods, Jimmy’s Food Store, Gorji restaurant, GorjiGourmet and Amazon.

Zing! Cookbook features “New Mediterranean Cuisine” recipes and has won 5 domestic and international awards. It is available for purchase at Gorji restaurant and amazon.com.

Contact: gorji@chefgorji.com


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