IACP 2009 Cookbook Finalists Announced

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) has released the list of finalists for their 2009 cookbook awards. If the Beards are the Oscars of food, an IACP nod is a Golden Globe — the society of food pros encompasses writers, agents, editors, and teachers as well as the usual who's-who of restaurateurs and big chef names.

This year's nominee crop is divided into thirteen categories, and one of the thirteen winners will be chosen IACP Cookbook of the Year.

Curiously omitted from contention were some of 2008's critical favorites, notably Alinea, A Day at El Bulli, A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes, and Kenny Shopsin's Eat Me (no relation to the site you're reading now). We're sure the Beard Nominations will take care of these oversights.

Highlights include:

  • Virginia Willis's Bon Appetit, Y'all;
  • Matt Lewis's Baked cookbook, based on the recipes of his Brooklyn bakery;
  • Eric Ripert's On the Line (reviewed here on EMD);
  • Jennifer McLagan's Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient (reviewed here on EMD);
  • Thomas Keller's Under Pressure (reviewed here on EMD), which got a double nod for both single-topic book and photography and presentation.

The finalists will be announced at IACP's annual conference, held this year from April 1-4 in Denver.

The complete list of finalists


Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revised
Author: Arthur Schwartz
Editor: Clancy Drake
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Bon Appetit, Y’all: Recipes and Stories from Three Generations
Author: Virginia Willis
Editor: Clancy Drake
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Holy Smoke: The Big Book of Northern Barbecue
Author: John Shelton Reed
Co-Author: Dale Reed
Editor: David Perry
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press


Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Author: Matt Lewis
Co-Author: Renato Poliafito
Editor: Luisa Weiss
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang

The Modern Baker: Time Saving Techniques for Breads, Tarts, Pies, Cakes and Cookies
Author: Nick Malgieri
Editor: Anja Schmidt
Publisher: DK Publishing

The Art and Soul of Baking
Author: Sur La Table
Co-Author: Cindy Mushet
Editor: Jean Lucas
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Chefs & Restaurants

Author: David Waltuck
Co-Author: Andrew Friedman
Editor: Pam Hoenig
Editor: Carolyn Mandarano
Publisher: Taunton Press Inc

At the Crillon and at Home
Author: Jean Francois Piege
Editor: Katie Mascaro
Publisher: Flammarion distributed by Rizzoli

On the Line
Author: Eric Ripert
Co-Authors: Shimon and Tammar Rothstein
Editor: Ann Bramson
Publisher: Artisan Books


Cooking with Les Dames d’Escoffier: At Home with the Women Who Shape the Way We Eat and Drink
Editor: Gary Luke
Publisher: Sasquatch Books

The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast, Easy, Fresh
Author: Barbara Fairchild
Editor: Pamela Chirls
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

The Culinary Institute of America Cookbook
Author: Culinary Institute of America
Editor: Maria Tufts
Publisher: Lebhard Friedman Books

First Book/The Julia Child Award

A16: Food & Wine
Author: Ed Anderson
Co-Author: Nate Appleman
Editor: Aaron Wehner
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal
Author: PierreThiam
Publisher: Lake Isle Press

Author: Martha Holmberg
Editor: Bill LeBlond
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Food Photography & Styling

Author: Maria Robledo
Editor: Pam Hoenig
Publisher: Taunton Press Inc

Karen Martini: Cooking at Home
Author: Earl Carter
Co-Author: Anna Last
Editor: Rachel Carter
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Under Pressure
Author: Thomas Keller
Co-Author: Deborah Jones
Editor: Ann Bramson
Publisher: Artisan Books

Food Reference & Technical

The Science of Good Food
Author: David Joachim
Author: Andrew Schloss
Co-Author: Philip Handel, Ph.D.
Editor: Carol Sherman
Publisher: Robert Rose Inc.

Four Star Restaurant Marketing Cookbook
Author: Linda Duke
Editor: Linda Duke
Publisher: Duke Marketing Publishing

Food Wine Budapest
Author: Carolyn Banfalvi
Editor: Angela Hederman
Publisher: The Little Bookroom


The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper
Author: Lynne Rosetto Kasper
Co-Author: Sally Swift
Editor: Doris Cooper
Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers

Do It For Less! Weddings: How to Create Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank
Author: Denise Vivaldo
Editor: Megan Hiller
Publisher: Sellers Publishing

Things Cooks Love
Author: Sur La Table
Co-Author: Marie Simmons
Editor: Jean Lucas
Publisher: Andrew McMeels Publishing

Health and Special Diet

The Food You Crave
Author: Ellie Krieger
Editor: Pam Hoenig
Publisher: Taunton Press

The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great
Author: Pam Anderson
Editor: Rux Martin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Techniques of Healthy Cooking, 3rd Edition
Author: Natalie Fischer
Editor: Pamela Chirls
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Olives and Oranges
Author: Sara Jenkins
Author: Mindy Fox
Photographer: Alan Richardson
Editor: Rux Martin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Beyond the Great Wall
Author: Jeffrey Alford
Co-Author: Naomi Duguid
Editor: Ann Bramson
Publisher: Artisan Books

Martin Yan’s China
Author: Martin Yan
Editor: Amy Treadwell
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Literary Food Writing

Author: Taras Grescoe
Editor: Jim Gifford
Publisher: Harper Collins

Raising Steaks
Author: Betty Fussell
Editor: Rebecca Saletan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
Author: Fuschia Dunlop
Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli
Publisher: W.W. Norton

Single Subject

Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient
Author: Jennifer McLagan
Photographer: Leigh Beisch
Editor: Clancy Drake
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Under Pressure
Author: Thomas Keller
Co-Author: Jonathan Benno
Co-Author: Corey Lee
Co-Author: Sebastien Rouxel
Editor: Ann Bramson
Publisher: Artisan Books

Jacques Torres’ A Year in Chocolate: 80 Recipes for Holidays and Special Occasions
Author: Jacques Torres
Editor: Luisa Weiss
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Inc.- Stewart Tabori & Chang

Wine, Beer and Spirits

Author: James Crowden
Publisher: Birlinn Limited

The Beer Book
Author: Tim Hampson
Editor: Shannon Beatty
Publisher: DK Publishing

Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks Inspired by the Seasons from the Bar at Cyrus
Author: Scott Bettie
Editor: Julie Bennett
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

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