Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2011

Günter Köck, Martha Umhack
Photos: Lois Lammerhuber
21 x 29.7 cm, 96 pages, 89 photos
Hardbound with a jacket
ISBN: 978-3-901753-32-9
October 2011



Take seven biosphere reserves, regional recipes with natural regional products, a pinch of rather uncommon herbs and spices, have it mixed and prepared by young, ambitious soon-to-be cooks of a vocational school, presented in the proper light by a renowned photographer and commented by expert biologists, and finally served on fine art paper and 96 pages as the world’s first biosphere cookery book full of delicious recipes from Nature Herself.  

On the occasion of the „International Year of Biodiversity“ 2010, pupils from the Wienerwald and Großes Walsertal biosphere reserves and their immediate surroundings were meant to document biodiversity by the use of culinary herbs and spices. To honour the success of the campaign, the national committee of the UNESCO „Man and Biosphere (MAB)” research programme decided to publish a cookery book relating to Austria’s biosphere reserves.   Regional recipes and concise information on habitats, plants and people are interlinked such as to show why biodiversity is one of the big subjects of the future and why it involves the quality of our living.

According to the MAB maxim that biosphere reserves are model regions for sustainable development, the editors cooperated with the Waldegg vocational school. The top cooks of the Waldegg School chose and refined the dishes from the many recipes received within the scope of the mentioned campaign and from family and local inn recipes, and instructed and supervised the pupils while they did the final cooking.  


Günter Köck

is a biologist at Innsbruck University. Since 1997, he has been director of the Austrian-Canadian “High Arctic” research cooperation. He has been coordinating the national and international research programmes of the ÖAW since 2004. Köck is Austrian delegate to the MAB-International Coordinating Council (MAB-ICC) and member of the Scientific Council of the regional UNESCO office in Venice.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Martha Umhack

teaches business and specialised English at vocational schools. She has been assistant director of the Waldegg vocational school in Lower Austria since 2001. In addition, she teaches at the Lower Austria College of Education and works as a consultant for school books for the Ministry of Education. Martha Umhack is a member of the Alpbach Leadership Academy.