GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOKS AWARDS 2010

This has been a very busy year for me in India and as the year comes to an end it is time to look back and see where it took me. This is also the very last time I am writing from New Delhi as a resident of this city. After nine years of living here we are relocating to Goa and leaving this Monday, December 27th. I will spend the new year in our new house in north Goa and will hopefully have an internet connection soon so that I could resume work.

NEW YORK TIMES: THE YEAR’S BEST COOKBOOKS

To make this year a sweet one, my book Street Food of India seems to be doing very well worldwide. It made it to the list of The Year’s Best Cookbooks in The New York Times and received very good reviews.

“My favorite is “Street Food of India” by Sephi Bergerson, a photographer who lives in Delhi. In just 50 recipes and under 200 pages, Mr. Bergerson accomplishes the rare feat of capturing how people eat, not just what. He shows people eating, making and clamoring for the outdoor snacks that are nearly universal in India: cool lemonade spiked with cumin and salt, scalding hot sweet tea with ginger, potato cakes with vibrant herb chutneys.”
Julia Moskin, The New York Times

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards Best Cookbook Photography in the UKGOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOKS AWARDS 2010

To top that, An exciting turn of events and an early Christmas present as I was recently notified that Street Food of India was selected as the UK winner in the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards “Best Cookbook Photography” category! This means it will continue on to compete against winning cookbooks from other countries for “Best in the World.” The results will be announced on March 3, 2011 in Paris. Of course I am hoping that I’ll be forced to fly to France to accept this award.


This year I have also finished shooting and editing two other books that are now lined up for publication.
‘Horn Please – Trucks and Trucking in India‘ was a sponsored project I did for a corporate client. It has already gone down to press but is delayed for reasons only books know. A book is always a long project in the making and will sometimes take longer that expected.

The Indian weddings book currently bearing a working title of ‘Traditional Weddings in Modern India’ is done and I will be editing it in the next few months. It was very difficult to figure out how to edit a book about weddings without making it look like someone’s wedding album but I think I finally have a good idea of how it will look. I am very excited about this project that was initially planned for a year but has been in the making for three years already. This project had brought me into the world of wedding photography which was a territory I never thought I would venture into. The journey to learn about various traditions of weddings in India brought young couples to request me to photograph their weddings in India and in the last couple of years I have been enjoying it tremendously.

I have also had a chance to work on a few corporate assignments in other parts of India and have traveled quite extensively. Magazine assignment were also more regular than in the last couple of years and it seems we are over the recession now. A wonderful trip to Spiti valley in the upper Himalaya following a great motorcycle tour had brought me closer to action and adventure photography and I hope to be doing more of that in the next year.

Moving to Goa will probably open new channels and bring new kind of assignments and I look forward to that. If nothing else, I am sure that my family will be happy to live close to the beach and I simply cannot wait for that.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from India.

  • Atul Pratap Chauhan

    Hi Sir….

    First of all very big congratulation to you, and i am very lucky to know you as a teacher, friend, mentor and critic about my work…i will keep the sign copy just next to my heart always..
    Very happy to see this news and waiting to see the wedding book also…i am sure you will have fantastic life in Goa..Best of luck for everything and Merry Christmas- happy new year in advance..

    Atul Pratap Chauhan

    • Thank you Atul. This is not goodbye by any mean so don’t get all emotional on me now 🙂 I’ll see you soon. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🙂

  • Madhur Mangal

    Hi Sephi Sir

    Santa has given you the best gift at the year end
    congratulations for your book on street food of india taking a spot on the list of best cook books
    nice to hear that you will now be spending coming years in goa and will be doing all your work from there
    I wish i could have met you atleast once in delhi but couldn’t gather my guts (may be afraid of asking you to take out your valuable time)

    high profile photographer meeting a an amateur
    by the grace of God, I know we will surely meet some day

    all the best for your other two books, I am sure they will also come out great

    Merry Christmas, happy new year and a stunning year ahead for you and your family
    GO GOA!!!

    • Dear Madhur, thank you for your kind words. Let’s keep in touch and it would be nice to meet you in Delhi or Goa 🙂 happy new year and all the very best, Sephi

  • Ed

    After all our chat about your books earlier this year somehow it landed in my presents at Christmas. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into it! Congratulations on all the praise it is getting, hopefully that helps lead to a deal for “Asha’s Kitchen”!

    • Hi Ed, thanks for the wishes. Nice to know that the book gets around. I hope you like it. Take care, Sephi