2012 IACP Food Writing Finalists Announced

2012 IACP Food Writing Finalists Announced

The IACP, which would be the International Association of Culinary Professionals and not the International Association of Chiefs of Police -- which comes up first on a Google search, proving again that cops can maybe SEO better than writers -- yesterday announced the finalists for the 2012 Cookbook Awards, the Bert Greene Awards for Food Journalism, and the New Media and Broadcast Awards -- the latter category (websites! culinary blogs!) for the first time in the IACP's 26 years of doing this to us. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 2 in New York during the IACP annual conference.

Some highlights of those nominated this year: Jacques Pepin and Ming Tsai for best television series; Maria Speck for her first book, Ancient Grains for Modern Meals; Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty for Single-Subject Cookbook; Michael Ruhlman's Ruhlman's Twenty for Food and Beverage Reference/Technical; Peter Reinhart's Pizza Quest for Culinary Blog; Gilt Taste for, well, lots of things; and KCRW's Good Food With Evan Kleiman for Audio Series (Long Format). (Go Evan!)

For a complete list, turn the page.

Cookbook Awards:


"American Flavor" (Author: Andrew Carmellini; Editor: Libby Edelson; Publisher: Ecco/Harper Collins); "The Apple Lover's Cookbook" (Author: Amy Traverso; Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli; Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company); "The Homesick Texan" (Author: Lisa Fain; Editor: Leslie Wells; Publisher: Hyperion)


"Baking Style: Art Craft Recipes" (Author: Lisa Yockelson; Editor: Pamela Chirls; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons); "Cooking With Chocolate: Essential Recipes and Techniques" (Author: Frédéric Bau; Editor: Kate Mascaro; Publisher: Flammarion); "Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking" (Author: Caroline Bretherton; Editor: Rebecca Warren; Publisher: DK/Penguin Group)

Chefs and Restaurants: "Home Cooking With Jean-Georges" (Author: Jean-Georges Vongerichten; Editor: Rica Allannic; Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Random House); "The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts" (Authors: Frederic Morin, David McMillan, Meredith Erickson; Editor: Julie Bennett; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong" (Author: Alan Wong; Publisher: Watermark Publishing)

Children, Youth and Family:

"My Family Table" (Author: John Besh; Editor: Jean Lucas; Publisher: Andrews McMeel); "The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet" (Author: Tina Ruggerio; Editor: Amanda Waddel; Publisher: Fair Winds Press); "The Family Dinner" (Author: Laurie David; Editor: Karen Murgolo; Publisher: Hachette Book Group)


"Fine Cooking in Season" (Authors: Fine Cooking editors; Publisher: Taunton Press); "The Cakebread Cellars American Harvest Cookbook" (Authors: Jack & Dolores Cakebread, Brian Streeter, Janet Fletcher; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "The Cooks' Illustrated Cookbook" (Editors: Jack Bishop, Elizabeth Carduff, Lori Galvin; Publisher: America's Test Kitchen)

Culinary History:

"Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine" (Author: George Gale; Editor: Blake Edgar; Publisher: University of California Press); "High on the Hog" (Author: Jessica Harris; Editor: Kathy Belden; Publisher: Bloosmbury USA); "Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880-1920" (Author: Andrew P. Haley; Editor: Mark Simpson-Vos; Publisher: University of NC Press)

Culinary Travel:

"A Family in Paris" (Author: Jane Paech; Editor: Ariane Durkin; Publisher: Penguin Group Australia); "Tasting India" (Author: Christine Manfield; Editor: Alison Cowan; Publisher: Penguin Group Australia); "Ultimate Food Journeys" (Author/Publisher: DK Publishing; Editor: Allie Singer)

First Book - The Julia Child Award:

"Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" (Author: Maria Speck; Editors: Jenny Wapner, Dawn Yanagihara; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food" (Authors: Sam Mogannam, Dabney Gough; Editor: Melissa Moore; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "The Apple Lover's Cookbook" (Author: Amy Traverso; Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli; Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company)

Food and Beverage Reference/Technical:

"Ruhlman's Twenty" (Author: Michael Ruhlman; Editors: Bill LeBlond, Sarah Billingsley; Publisher: Chronicle Books); "The Art of Beef Cutting" (Author: Kari Underly; Editor: Christine McKnight; Publisher; John Wiley & Sons); "Whole Beast Butchery" (Author: Ryan Farr; Editor: Lorena Jones; Publisher: Chronicle Books)

Food Matters:

"Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes From the Pacific Coast" (Author: Becky Selengut; Publisher: Sasquatch Books); "Tomatoland" (Author: Barry Estabrook; Editor: Chris Schillig; Publisher: Andrews McMeel); "Wild Flavors: One Chef's Transformative Year Cooking From Eva's Farm" (Author: Didi Emmons; Editor: Ben Watson; Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing)

Food Photography and Styling:

"Cooking My Way Back Home: Recipes From San Francisco's Town Hall" (Authors: Mitchell Rosenthal, John Pult; Photographer/Stylist: Paige Green; Editor: Jenny Wapner; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "The Art of Pasta" (Author: Lucio Galletto; Editor: Alison Cowan; Publisher: Penguin Group Australia); "The Macy's Culinary Council Thanksgiving and Holiday Cookbook" (Editor: Steve Siegelman; Photographer: Maren Caruson; Stylist: George Dolese; Publisher: The Book Kitchen)


"All About Roasting" (Author: Molly Stevens; Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli; Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company); "Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites From My Life in Food" (Author: Jacques Pepin; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); "My Family Table" (Author: John Besh; Editor: Jean Lucas; Publisher: Andrews McMeel)

Health and Special Diet:

"Ancient Grains for Modern Meals" (Author: Maria Speck; Editors: Jenny Wapner, Dawn Yanagihara; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "Food Intolerance Management Plan" (Authors: Dr. Sue Shepherd, Dr. Peter Gibson; Editor: Rachel Carter; Publisher: Penguin Group Australia); "The Sweet life: Diabetes Without Boundaries" (Author: Sam Talbot; Editor: Pam Krauss; Publisher: Rodale)


"Seoultown Kitchen" (Author: Debbie Lee; Editor: Anja Schmidt; Publisher: Kyle Books); "The Food of Spain" (Author: Claudia Roden; Editor: Libby Edelson; Publisher: HarperCollins/Ecco); "The Country Cooking of Italy" (Author: Coleman Andrews; Editors: Bill LeBlond, Dawn Yanigihara; Publisher: Chronicle Books)

Literary Food Writing:

"Season to Taste" (Author: Molly Birnbaum; Editor: Matt Weiland; Publishers: HarperCollins/Ecco); "The Sorcerer's Apprentice: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's El Bulli" (Author: Lisa Abend; Editor: Leslie Meredith; Publisher: Free Press/Simon & Schuster); "The Table Comes First" (Author: Adam Gopnik; Publisher: Knopf)

Professional Kitchens:

"Modernist Cuisine" (Authors: Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, Maxime Billet; Publisher: The Cooking Lab); "Professional Garde Manger" (Authors: Lou Sackett, Jaclyn Pestka, Wayne Gisslen; Editor: Mary J. Cassells; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons); "The Professional Chef, 9th Edition" (Author: Culinary Institute of America; Editor: Pamela Chirls; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons)

Single Subject:

"All About Roasting" (Author: Molly Stevens; Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli; Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company); "Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal" (Author: Jennifer McLagen; Editor: Jenny Wapner; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "Plenty" (Author: Yotam Ottolenghi; Editors: Lorena Jones, Sarah Billingsley; Publisher: Chronicle Books)

Wine, Beer or Spirits:

"Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, With Cocktails, Recipes..." (Author: Brad Thomas Parsons; Editor: Emily Timberlake; Publisher: Ten Speed Press); "Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate" (Author: Jennie Cho Lee; Publisher: Asset Publishing and Research, GrapeXpectations Asia Ltd. Hong Kong); "The Food Lover's Guide to Wine" (Authors: Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg; Editor: Michael Sand; Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.)

New Media & Broadcast Awards:

Culinary Blog:

5 Second Rule (Cheryl Sternman Rule); Bona Fide Farm Food (Tom Hirschfeld); Pizza Quest (Peter Reinhart)

Culinary Website:

Chow.com; Saveur.com; Find. Eat. Drink.

Culinary Product or Brand Website:

Camp Blog Away; The Official Homepage of the Idaho Potato; Gilt Taste

Intriguing Use of New Technology:

SFA Stories, Southern Foodways Alliance (Device app that puts oral histories into geographical context); The Informed Chef series (Technology-enhanced cookbooks); BakeSpace.com's Cookbook Café (A grassroots cookbook creator program)

Televised Culinary Series:

"Essential Pepin" (Host: Jacques Pepin, KQED-TV); "Simply Ming" (Host: Ming Tsai, WBGH-TV); "New York Chow Report" (Host: Alexandra Van Buren, NY1 and Chow.com)

Video Series (Short Program Format):

Saveur's "Sandwich Stories"; The Perennial Plate; EatTV.com

Audio Series (Long Format):

"Cooking With the Moms"; KCRW's "Good Food With Evan Kleiman"

Audio Series (Short Format):

Southern Foodways Oral History: Gathering the Stories Behind Food (Category Winner)

Humorous Video Short:

"Spaghetti With 100 Sweet Tomatoes" (The Recipe Project); "How to Peel Garlic in 10 Seconds" (Saveur); "The Good, the Bad and the Leafy" (GiltTaste.com)

The Bert Greene Awards:

Culinary Writing With or Without Recipes:

"Cherry Season" (Darlene West, Leite's Culinaria);
"For Pepin, Cooking Is About Technique, Not Stardom" (Michele Kayal, Associated Press);
"The Cake That Makes Our Family" (Lila Byock, Gilt Taste)

Culinary Writing About Beverages:

"Beer Wars" (Kevin Cook, Playboy); "Cocktail Pairings at Clyde Common" (Emily Bell, StarChefs); "Whiskey Rebellion" (Rebecca Barry, Saveur)

Instructional Culinary Writing With Recipes:

"The Only Cake Story You'll Ever Need" (Dawn Perry, Real Simple); "The Soup for Life" (Anna Thomas, Eating Well); "Eat Shoots & Leaves" (a series by Raquel Pelzel, Amanda Cohen, Aki Kamozawa & Alex Talbot, Adam Erace, Sheri Castle; Gilt Taste)

Culinary Travel Writing or Memoirs and Personal Essays:

"(Not) Ducking a Legacy" (Francis Lam, Gilt Taste); "Sibling Rivalry at the Stove" (Tamar Adler, Gilt Taste); "The Boys Club" (Hunter Lewis, Saveur); "Czech, Please" (Juliet Wittman, Westword)

Culinary Writing That Makes a Difference:

"Is This the Food of the Future?" (John McQuaid, Eating Well); "The Most Important Fish in the Sea," (Alison Fairbrother and Randy Fertel, Gilt Taste); "What Will Fracking Do to Your Food Supply?" (Barry Estabrook, Gilt Taste)


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