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2012 Cookbook Awards

Each year the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and the James Beard Foundation select nominees for cookbook awards in a variety of categories. The IACP Finalists were announced February 16, 2012 and the winners April 2. The James Beard Foundation award nominees were announced Monday, March 19 (winners to be announced on May 4). You can also check out the 2011, 2010 and 2009 award winners and finalists.

2012 IACP Awards

IACP Website

Cookbook of the Year

Manfield, Christine
Tasting India
Published by Penguin Books Australia
 

American

Winner

Traverso, Amy
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook
TX813.A6 T73 2011
Traverso is the food editor of Yankee magazine and talks about the apple's history and varieties as well as providing recipes. She also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts.
 

Finalists

Carmellini, Andrew
American Flavor
Carmellini is from Cleveland and has won two James Beard awards
 
Fain, Lisa
The Homesick Texan Cookbook
Fain is a seventh-generation Texan who moved to Manhattan and missed the Texan food so much that she started the Homesick Texan blog.
 
 

Baking: Savory or Sweet

Winner

Yockelson, Lisa
Baking Style: Art, Aroma, Expression (Art Craft Recipes)
Lisa Yockelson is the author of Baking by Flavor and ChocolateChocolate. She has written for the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. She has a blog: BakingStyleDiary.com.
 

Finalists

Bau, Frédéric
Cooking with Chocolate: Essential Recipes and Techniques
Translated from the French, this comprehensive, step-by-step illustrated reference offers the essential building blocks and recipes for working with chocolate in the home kitchen.
 
Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking
This Dorling Kindersley (DK) book from England contains 350 recipes covering a huge range of sweet and savory classics, presented in a clear and accessible step-by-step format.
 
 

Chefs & Restaurants

Winner

Wong, Alan
The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong
Alan Wong is a Hawaiian chef with a couple of Honolulu restaurants. Published by Watermark Publishing. More info at the website: thebluetomato.net.
 

Finalists

McMillan, David, Frédéric Morin and Meredith Erickson
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts
Located in a working-class neighborhood, Joe Beef is at the center of Montreal's growing reputation as a culinary destination and offers an unconventional approach to French market cuisine.
 
Vongerichten, Jean-George
Home Cooking with Jean Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes

Though he helms a worldwide restaurant empire with locations in New York, Las Vegas, London, Paris, and Shanghai, Jean-Georges gave himself two-day weekends so he could stay home and cook simple but fresh and flavorful meals for his family.
 
 

Children, Youth and Family

Winner

Besh, John
My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking
Renowned Louisiana chef and James Beard award-winner John Besh invites us into his home and shows us how we can put good, fresh, healthy food on the table for our families every day.
 

Finalists

Ruggiero, Tina
The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet
Full of recipes to suit every age and stage - from six months all the way to twenty-three months - The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet shows you how simple and easy it is to prepare your own food for your baby.
 
David, Laurie
The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time
TX714.D384 2010
The producer of An Inconvenient Truth, Laurie David's new mission is to help America's overwhelmed families sit down to a Family Dinner, and she provides all the reasons, recipes and fun tools to do so.
 
 

Compilations

Winner

Cakebread, Jack & Dolores, Brian Streeter, Janet Fletcher
The Cakebread Cellars American Harvest Cookbook: Celebrating Wine, Food, and Friends in the Napa Valley
The Cakebread Cellars is a winery in Napa Valley.
 

Finalists

The Cooks’ Illustrated Cookbook
TX715.C78545 2011
2,000 recipes from 20 years of Cooks' Illustrated magazine.
 
 
 

Culinary History

Winner

Harris, Jessica
High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America
TX715.H29972 2011
The food and foodways of the African Diaspora
 

Finalists

Gale, George
Dying on the Vine: How Phylloxera Transformed Wine
A book from the University of California Press.
 
Haley, Andrew P.
Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880-1920
Published by the University of North Carolina Press.
 
 

Culinary Travel (New Category)

Winner

Manfield, Christine
Tasting India
Published by Penguin Books Australia
 

Finalists

Paech, Jane
A Family in Paris: Stories of Food, Life and Adventure
Published by Penguin Books Australia
 
Ultimate Food Journeys: The World's Best Dishes & Where to Eat Them
A Dorling Kindersley book. "Expert authors introduce destinations and select the best or most interesting things to eat, uncovering the origins of the dish and exploring the ingredients. They recommend the best places to eat the area’s speciality, chosen for the quality of the cooking, as well as the experience of dining there."
 
 

First Book/The Julia Child Award
The KitchenAid Award

Winner

 

Finalists

Traverso, Amy
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook
TX813.A6 T73 2011
The Apple Lover’s Cookbook offers a full-color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties, with descriptions of their flavor, history, and, most important, how to use them in the kitchen. Amy Traverso also takes you around the country to meet farmers, cider makers, and apple enthusiasts.
 
Mogannam, Sam and Dabney Gough
Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food
Bi-Rite Market is a neighborhood market in San Francisco.
 
 

Food Matters

Winner and Jane Grigson Award

 

Finalists

Selengut, Becky
Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast
Read more about Good Fish.
 
Emmons, Didi
Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm
TX819.H4 E52 2011
Boston Chef Didi Emmons' cooking is transformed by Eva Sommaripa, a former potter who raises 200-plus uncommon herbs, greens, and edible "weeds" on her two-acre farm in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Listen to an interview on Radio Boston.
 
 

Food and Beverage Reference/Technical

Winner

 

Finalists

Underly, Kari
The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional's Guide to Butchering and Merchandising
Published by John Wiley & Sons
 
Farr, Ryan and Brigit Binns
Whole Beast Butchery: The Complete Visual Guide to Beef, Lamb, and Pork
Ryan Farr is the owner and founder of 4505 Meats in San Francisco.
 
 

Food Photography & Styling

Winner

Galletto, Lucio and Anson Smart (Photographer)
The Art of Pasta
Published by Penguin Group Australia
 

Finalists

Rosenthal, Mitchell and Jon Pult
Cooking My Way Back Home: Recipes from San Francisco’s Town Hall, Anchor & Hope, and Salt House
Cooking My Way Back Home features Southern-inspired dishes that infuse down-home comfort food with urban sophistication and innovation.
 
The Macy’s Culinary Council Thanksgiving and Holiday Cookbook
Macy's has a Culinary Council??
 
 

General

Winner

Stevens, Molly
All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art
TX690.S735 2011
Stevens' first book, All About Braising, won a 2005 James Beard Foundation award. Listen to this KPLU radio bit about her new book.
 

Finalists

Pépin, Jacques
Essential Pepin: More than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food
TX719.P4578 2011
Learn even more about this delightful chef and instructor on this KQED Essential Pepin Blog about the new TV series.
 
Besh, John
My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking
Renowned Louisiana chef and James Beard award-winner John Besh invites us into his home and shows us how we can put good, fresh, healthy food on the table for our families every day.
 
 

Health and Special Diet

Winner

 

Finalists

Shepherd, Dr. Sue and Dr. Peter Gibson
Food Intolerance Management Plan
TX353.B614 2010
Published by Penguin Group Australia. Read more about it on the website.
 
Talbot, Sam.
The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Boundaries
RC662.T35 2011
Although Talbot is a chef, he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 12 and so has had lots of experience dealing with it. Read more about him at SamTalbot.com.
 
 

International
The Le Cordon Bleu Award

Winner

Roden, Claudia
The Food of Spain
TX723.5.S7 R63 2011x
Award-winning author of A Book of Middle Eastern Food, Claudia Roden explores the cuisine of Spain in this very comprehensive volume. Learn more in A Conversation with Claudia Roden.
 

Finalists

Andrews, Colman
The Country Cooking of Italy
Following the success of their 2010 James Beard Foundation Best Cookbook of the Year, The Country Cooking of Ireland, Colman Andrews and Christopher Hirsheimer draw on more than 40 years of experience traveling and eating in Italy. Andrews explores every region, from Piedmont to Puglia, and provides the fascinating origins of dishes both familiar and unexpected.
 
Lee, Debbie
Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub To Share with Family and Friends
Debbie Lee started with a food truck and now has a Korean Snack Bar in Glendale, California. She appeared on the Food Network Star.
 
 

Literary
The Cuisinart Award

Winner

Gopnik, Adam
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
GT2850.G67 2011
NPR guest host John Donvan talks with Gopnik about his new book: Adam Gopnik: 'The Table Comes First'
 

Finalists

Birnbaum, Molly
Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way
RF342.B57 2011x
At the age of 22 and ready to enter the Culinary Institute of America, Birnbaum suffered a head injury leaving her without the sense of smell.
 
Abend, Lisa
The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria’s El Bull
TX649.A1 A24 2011
Abend follows thirty-five young men and women as they struggle to master the cutting-edge techniques, grueling hours, furious creativity, and interpersonal tensions that come with working at the celebrated restaurant elBulli.
 
 

Professional Kitchens

Winner
Design Award
Visionary Achievement Award

Myhrvold, Nathan, Chris Young and Maxine Billet
Modernist Cuisine
Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that is destined to reinvent cooking.
 

Finalists

The Culinary Institute of America
The Professional Chef 9th Edition
View more at the Culinary Institute of America. It's even available in an iPad version!
 
Sackett, Lou, Jaclyn Pestka and Wayne Gisslen
Professional Garde Manger
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
 
 

Single Subject

Winner

Stevens, Molly
All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art
TX690.S735 2011
Stevens' first book, All About Braising, won a 2005 James Beard Foundation award. Listen to this KPLU radio bit about her new book.
 

Finalists

McLagan, Jennifer
Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal
An Australia-born chef, Jennifer McLagan is the author of Bones and Fat, both winners of IACP and James Beard awards.
 
Ottolenghi, Yotam
Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
q TX837.O88 2011x
Ottolenghi, an Israeli of German and Italian parents, has four restaurants in London and writes a column for the Guardian called the New Vegetarian.
 
 

Wine, Beer or Spirits

Winner

Parsons, Brad Thomas
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes & Formulas
Author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world's most storied elixir, from its earliest "snake oil" days to its near evaporation after Prohibition to its ascension as a beloved (and at times obsessed-over) ingredient on the contemporary bar scene.
 

Finalists

Page, Karen and Andrew Dornenburg
The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine
Read more about it at the Huffington Post.
 
Lee, Jennie Cho
Mastering Wine for the Asian Palate
Lee was winner last year in this category with Asian Palate: Savouring Asian Cuisine & Wine. Learn more at Asian Palate.
 
 

Jane Grigson Award

 
Ginsberg, Stanley and Norman Berg
Inside the Jewish Bakery: Recipes and Memories from the Golden Age of Jewish Baking
TX724.G564 2011
Inside the Jewish Bakery covers traditional Eastern European Jewish baking.
 

Judge's Choice Award

Semanak, Susan
Market Chronicles: Stories and Recipes from Montréal's Marché Jean-Talon
Read a review from the Montreal Gazette: Soul of the market: A narrative and recipe tour of Jean Talon Market.
 

People's Choice Award

Galletto, Lucio and Anson Smart (Photographer)
The Art of Pasta
Published by Penguin Group Australia
 
 

James Beard Foundation Awards

For cookbooks published in English in 2011. Nominees announced Monday, March 19. Winners announced on May 4, 2012

James Beard Foundation Award website

 

Cookbook of the Year

Myhrvold, Nathan, Chris Young and Maxine Billet
Modernist Cuisine
Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that is destined to reinvent cooking.
 

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Colwin, Laurie
Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen
TX652.C714 2010x
More Home Cooking: A Writer Returns to the Kitchen
TX652.C7143 2000x
Originally published in 1988, Home Cooking weaves together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen.
 

American Cooking

Winner

Acheson, Hugh
A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen
Read a review in Atlanta Magazine. Acheson is chef of Empire State South in Atlanta.
 

Finalists

Carmellini, Andrew
American Flavor
Carmellini is from Cleveland and has won two James Beard awards
 
Saran, Suvir with Raquel Pelzel and Charlie Burd
Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country
Author of American Masala, Saran is chef at Devi in New York City, offering "authentic flavors of Indian home cooking." Learn more about Suvir Saran and his farm in upstate New York at his website.
 
 

Baking and Dessert

Winner

Bauer, Jeni Britton
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
Jeni has ice cream shops in Ohio and Tennessee and home delivers. Next time you are in Columbus, check them out.
 

Finalists

Yockelson, Lisa
Baking Style: Art, Aroma, Expression (Art Craft Recipes)
Lisa Yockelson is the author of Baking by Flavor and ChocolateChocolate. She has written for the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. She has a blog: BakingStyleDiary.com.
 
Bau, Frédéric
Cooking with Chocolate: Essential Recipes and Techniques
Translated from the French, this comprehensive, step-by-step illustrated reference offers the essential building blocks and recipes for working with chocolate in the home kitchen.
 
 

Beverage

Winner

Parsons, Brad Thomas
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes & Formulas
Author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world's most storied elixir, from its earliest "snake oil" days to its near evaporation after Prohibition to its ascension as a beloved (and at times obsessed-over) ingredient on the contemporary bar scene.
 

Finalists

 
Oliver, Garrett (editor)
The Oxford Companion to Beer
Edited by Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at the Brooklyn Brewery, and numbering more than 900 pages, this is definitely a reference book, not pleasure reading.
 
 

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Winner

Myhrvold, Nathan, Chris Young and Maxine Billet
Modernist Cuisine
Modernist Cuisine is a six-volume, 2,438-page set that is destined to reinvent cooking.
 

Finalists

McMillan, David, Frédéric Morin and Meredith Erickson
The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts
Located in a working-class neighborhood, Joe Beef is at the center of Montreal's growing reputation as a culinary destination and offers an unconventional approach to French market cuisine.
 
Humm, Daniel and Will Guidara
Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook
Eleven Madison Park is a New York City fine-dining restaurant that marries the latest culinary techniques with classical French cuisine.
 
 

General Cooking

Winner

 

Finalists

Besh, John
My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking
Renowned Louisiana chef and James Beard award-winner John Besh invites us into his home and shows us how we can put good, fresh, healthy food on the table for our families every day.
 
Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift
The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends: New Recipes, Stories, and Opinions from Public Radio's Award-Winning Food Show
TX714.K3677 2011
On the weekends you have more time to slow down and cook so Kasper and Swift of American Public Media's The Splendid Table want you to experiment with different markets, ingredients, and new cooking techniques and flavors. They include backstories about the rituals and reasons behind particular dishes and take you deep into the aisles of ethnic markets and neighborhoods.
 
 

Focus on Health

Winner

Swanson, Heidi
Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen
TX741.S8874 2011
From her Northern California kitchen, Swanson presented a less-processed, more natural way of cooking and eating in her blog, 101 Cookbooks, and in her James Beard Award--nominated cookbook, Super Natural Cooking.
 

Finalists

Krieger, Ellie
Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy
TX714.K748 2011
Ellie Krieger is the host of the popular show Healthy Appetite, which airs on the Cooking Channel, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers So Easy and The Food You Crave.
 
Kafka, Barbara
The Intolerant Gourmet: Glorious Food Without Gluten & Lactose
RM237.86.K34 2011
Kafka, a former food editor of Vogue and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, is the author of Artisan's Soup: A Way of Life and Vegetable Love. In 2007 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the James Beard Foundation.
 
 

International

Winner

Wolfert, Paula
The Food of Morocco
q TX725.M8 W643 2011x
Wolfert wrote Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco in 1973. Read more about her new book on the country in LA Weekly's blog: Cookbook Of The Week: Paula Wolfert's The Food of Morocco, Now That's A Cookbook.
 

Finalists

Andrews, Colman
The Country Cooking of Italy
Following the success of their 2010 James Beard Foundation Best Cookbook of the Year, The Country Cooking of Ireland, Colman Andrews and Christopher Hirsheimer draw on more than 40 years of experience traveling and eating in Italy. Andrews explores every region, from Piedmont to Puglia, and provides the fascinating origins of dishes both familiar and unexpected.
 
Roden, Claudia
The Food of Spain
TX723.5.S7 R63 2011x
Award-winning author of A Book of Middle Eastern Food, Claudia Roden explores the cuisine of Spain in this very comprehensive volume. Learn more in A Conversation with Claudia Roden.
 
 

Photography

Winner

Scott, Jeff (Photographer)
Notes from a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession
Check out the website. Read about it in the Huffington Post: 'Notes From A Kitchen' Redefines The Cookbook.
 

Finalists

Hastings, Chester
De Leo, Joseph (Photographer)
The Cheesemonger’s Kitchen: Celebrating Cheese in 90 Recipes
A cheese book that focuses on recipes rather than acting as a buyers guide or primer, this substantive and personal exploration accompanied by 50 color photographs plus wine pairing tips from acclaimed sommelier Brian Kalliel is a comprehensive guide to the vast world of specialty cheeses.
 
Benson, Alan (Photographer)
Rustica: A Return to Spanish Home Cooking
Rustica explores the cuisine of Spain, highlighting the pillars of Spanish cooking and the vibrant people who grow, serve, and eat these culinary delights.
 
 

Reference and Scholarship

Winner

Haley, Andrew P.
Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880–1920
Published by the University of North Carolina Press.
 

Finalists

Underly, Kari
The Art of Beef Cutting: A Meat Professional's Guide to Butchering and Merchandising
Published by John Wiley & Sons
 
Page, Karen and Andrew Dornenburg
The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine
Their goal is to get Americans to change their beverage of choice to wine.
 
 

Single Subject

Winner

Stevens, Molly
All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art
TX690.S735 2011
Stevens' first book, All About Braising, won a 2005 James Beard Foundation award. Listen to this KPLU radio bit about her new book.
 

Finalists

McLagan, Jennifer
Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal
An Australia-born chef, Jennifer McLagan is the author of Bones and Fat, both winners of IACP and James Beard awards.
 
Ottolenghi, Yotam
Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi
q TX837.O88 2011x
Ottolenghi, an Israeli of German and Italian parents, has four restaurants in London and writes a column for the Guardian called the New Vegetarian.
 
 

Writing and Literature

Winner

Hamilton, Gabrielle
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
TX649.H345 A3 2011
Learn more about Hamilton and the book at her website. Read a review in the New York Times.
 

Finalists

Ciezadlo, Annia
Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War
PN4874.C5185 A3 2011
Read a review in the New York Times.
 
Mueller, Tom
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil
TP683.M845 2011
Mueller first wrote an article about adulterated olive oils in The New Yorker and now has a book about fraud in the olive oil industry. Read a review from the New York Times: Olive Oil’s Growers, Chemists, Cooks and Crooks.