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 has been chef-owner of Canary By Gorji, an intimate 8-table restaurant in Dallas, TX for 15 years. He is back-to-back champion of the famed Texas Steak Cookoff in Hico, TX 2004/2005 and has published a debut cookbook, Zing! By Gorji featuring his signature “New Mediterranean” cuisine that has won 5 awards. Gorji Gourmet Foods®, his product line for home cooks, includes Pomegranate Vinaigrette, Dipping Oil/ Marinade and three award-winning pasta sauces: Arrabiata Diavolo, Puttanesca and Pomodoro. They have won a total of 21 awards. They can be purchased at DFW area Whole Foods, Amazon.com, Gorji Gourmet.com and at Canary By Gorji.

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