Hawaiian Cookbook/Memoir Wins International Competition

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Remembering Diamond Head, Remembering Hawai'i, a cookbook/memoir has won 1st Place in what Writer's Digest editor, Kristin Godsey, called 'fierce competition' in the magazine's International Cookbook contest. The new third printing of the book, already lauded by both mainland and Island critics, will be in bookstores in August

"Remembering Diamond Head, Remembering Hawai'i," by Shirley Tong Parola and Lisa Parola Gaynier, garnered the $500.00 1st Prize in what Writer's Digest Magazine's editor, Kristin Godsey, called 'particularly fierce' competition in the periodical's 2004 International Cookbook Contest. The announcement apppears in the magazine's August edition just as the third printing arrives in bookstores.

One judge cites the, "down-to-earth, friendly tone...which makes reading it feel as warm-hearted as a face-to-face chat over a cup of Kona coffee." A reviewer praises the "excellent job of answering the question: What is Hawaiian Food?" Another describes the book as containing "the best narrative writing found in a cookbook."

Along with the 250 recipes ranging from puu puus (appetizers) to haupia (dessert) there are occasional wine recommendations. And the memoir portion of the book not only looks back on an Island girlhood, but a judge touts it for the "depth of information it provides in both full-page and sidebar explanations of key ingredients and preparations" as they are set against the panorama of the Islands' six ethnic tables and the historical development of Hawaii's Pacific Rim cuisine.

Remembering Diamond Head, Remembering Hawai'i is available in all Mainland bookstores and on the web at amazon.com In Hawai'i contact Diamond Hawaii Press at 1949 Naniu Pl. 96822, Ph. (808) 988 8043, or at 3215 Sunnywood Dr. in Ann Arbor, MI 48503 http://www.diamondhawaiipress.com diamondhawaiipress@aol.com lgaynier@diamondhawaiipress.com

Paperback, 312 pp., 8x10 in., ISBN 0-9666457-0-7

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