iUniverse Celebrates Eric Hoffer Award winners for 2017!

iUniverse congratulates its recent Honorable Mentions and Finalists for the Eric Hoffer Awards! The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.

Home Category Honorable Mention:

Chef Wolfgang Hanau, My Travel Adventures and Secret Recipes

Chef Hanau front coverChef Wolfgang Hanau, born and educated in Eastern Europe, learned to love good cooking from an early age, so it was only natural that he’d go on to become a world-renowned chef.
What isn’t so natural, however, is his willingness to share the secret recipes he’s learned over a decades-long career at some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, luxury hotels, and resorts.

In this memoir/recipe book, he revels in dishes with a French flair, Bavarian specialties from Munich’s Oktoberfest, Switzerland’s renowned international cuisine, and dishes from the many great places he’s practiced his craft.

You’ll laugh and smile as he enjoys camelback rides in the Sahara desert, cruises on luxury ocean liners, and meets celebrities at culinary destinations that offer sun, fun, and escapes from the ordinary.

Along the way, he shares recipes that will impress your relatives and friends, including German Warm Potato Salad, the Allenstein BBQ Recipe, Bearnaise Sauce, Rainforest Acai Berry Cookies, Amstel Light Portobello Gorgonzola Burger, Golden Apple Cheddar Pancakes, Apple Jam-Filled Cookies, and Apricot-Glazed Mushrooms over Mixed Baby Greens.

There’s an exciting story and a tasty dish for everyone in this book of secret recipes and travel adventures.


Legacy Nonfiction Category Honorable Mention:

Ernst Aebi, Seasons of Sand Sahara

Aebi book croppedErnst Aebi is a modern-day swashbuckler with degrees in electronics and political science. A professional artist for many years, he was one of the first loft converters in Manhattan’s SoHo district. He is a member of the Explorers Club; he has four grown children and divides his time between traveling and living in Manhattan, Vermont, and Switzerland.

Here are some reviews of Seasons of Sand Sahara:

“The stuff that dreams are made of—and it’s all real.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Seasons of Sand entertains right through its surprise, disturbing ending, and leaves one with a sense of an exotic place and its people—everything that can be asked of a good travel book.”
—Brad Newsham, San Francisco Chronicler

“Frank and humorous, filled with marvelous people and the details of his own daily life, Aebi’s book tells an original tale.”
—Publishers Weekly

“With the guts of Hemingway and the erudition of Sir Richard Burton, Aebi’s writing is pure exhilaration. Amazing grace under pressure and a graceful zaniness pressed like wild flowers between so many pages, the result is deeply moving, wildly funny, and profoundly impressive.”
—Paul William Roberts, River in the Desert

Check out an excellent article about the author here:



Other Finalists

Soul to Sole, Carolyn Evaughn Knowles
The Eyes in the Tree, Carolyn VanderBeek
The Super Easy Guide to Job Searching and Resume Sculpting, Andrea Charlotte Angell
The Weekend Warriors, James W. Burke Jr.
War Ready, Mary Lou Darst


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