The Breast Friends has received international attention for one of its cookbooks, Breast Wishes, For the Men in Our Lives. The book has been named Best Charity Cookbook in Canada by the <ahref=”http://www.cookbookfair.com/index.php/gourmand-awards”>Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and has just been short-listed to “Best in World” category according to Edouard Cointreau, President of Paris Cookbook Fair and Gourmand Magazine. The winners are to be announced in Paris on February 23, at the famous music hall, Les Folies Bergère. Eight of the ten original Breast Friends will be traveling to Paris to attend the ceremony, which celebrates famous cookbook authors from around the world. Other nominees in the charity category include First Lady Michelle Obama and Microsoft Corporation.
Breast Wishes, For the Men in Our Lives, specifically supports prostate cancer. “Our men have been hauling cookbooks and building warehouses and changing holiday plans for years for us – and so we wrote a book dedicated to them. Our goal is to sell many, and to talk enough about prostates and PSAs so that screenings for men are as common as mammograms for us,” says Breast Friend team member Patti Hack. “We thought we’d be sneaking our message into golf tournaments and bonspiels – and serving it up with roast beef and apple pie – but now we’re taking our message to Paris, eating bon bons and drinking French wine with the most celebrated chefs on the planet!”
Originally expecting to raise a modest $3000 for their efforts, the Breast Friends are amazed at their sustained impact. They have traveled widely to share their story with Canadian audiences. “We see the Gourmand World Cookbook Award recognition as another great opportunity to fight the dreaded disease that is taking a terrible toll on Canadian families and communities,” says Hack.