Cookbook award season is here!

IACP awards

Now that the Oscars are over we can turn our attention to cookbook award season. Two have already been announced, the Gourmand and the Food52 Piglet Contest, but the two most prestigious are coming up – the James Beard Foundation and the IACP.

And the IACP is especially exciting. Below you’ll see the list for the cookbook finalists, but first we wanted to alert you about our activities (both Jane and Fiona will be attending) at the IACP Conference in San Francisco in early April:

  • For the 4th year, we’ll be giving out the Eat Your Books Award to the winner of the General Category in the cookbook contest.
  • There is a Culinary Expo on Sunday April 7 where EYB will have a booth and many cookbook authors will be available to sign books and meet their fans. 
  • Last, but not least, we are giving away 6 guest passes for the Expo – just comment here saying you want to attend (make sure you are signed in so we can access your email).  If there are more than 6 applicants we will use a random number generator.

Please make a point of looking us up.

And now for the IACP cookbook finalists. You can see the full list here, but here are the pure cookbook nominees:

Baking: Savory or Sweet
Chefs and Restaurants
Children, Youth & Family
First Book: The Julia Child Award
General (The Eat Your Books Award)
Health and Special Diet
Single Subject
Wine, Beer or Spirits

And don’t forget, we’re giving away 6 guest passes for the Expo – just comment here to enter (make sure you are signed in so we can access your email).

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  • wcrizzo  on  February 27, 2013

    Come on Smitten Kitchen!

  • Breadcrumbs  on  February 27, 2013

    I always look forward to these nominations and this year has a number of very worthy nominees.

    My absolute favourite book on the list is The Farm. I bought this last year and have loved every single recipe I made. It's a real treasure.

    I did post my thoughts on the list here:

    One thing I did forget to mention there was my:

    Book That I Seem To Be The Only One Who Isn't Remotely Interested in Category … The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

    Next year I hope we see EYB in the Culinary Website Category!!

  • ShefsKitchen  on  February 27, 2013

    I love all the Ottolenghi cookbooks. I can't wait to get Nancy Singleton Hachisu's book which i've heard amazing things about. Happy to see a wide variety of backgrounds of the authors in this list.

  •  on  February 27, 2013

    I thought this list was amazing – yay!

  • Katnat  on  February 27, 2013

    Can't wait to get Japanese farm foods. I understand its sold out of most places.

  • michelle1009  on  February 27, 2013

    Smitten Kitchen and Jerusalem cookbooks are two of my favorites. I am a huge foodie and am addicted to cookbooks. I have an extensive collection and would love to attend the expo!!

  • ellabee  on  February 28, 2013

    Can't get to SF, so don't enter me in the ticket drawing. But I wanted to thank you for alerting to the existence of the Gourmand awards — and to say that the presentation of that info is the most irritating and reader-unfriendly that I've ever experienced. Is there a location where the same information is just presented in static print? I gave up less than halfway through.

  • Breadcrumbs  on  February 28, 2013

    ellabee, I had the same reaction as you did to the Gourmand site/presentation of info. I only made it to page 3 of 442 though!!

    Here's a link to a summary of the info:

  • Jane  on  February 28, 2013

    I know, that Gourmand Awards site must be the most irritating I have ever come across. I don't know how anyone could think the sound of pages turning is helpful! And the layout is terrible too. They have had it like this for a few years so they obviously don't get negative feedback on it (or ignore it if they do).

  • ellabee  on  March 1, 2013

    Thanks for the link, Breadcrumbs! And Jane, thank you for helping make EYB a lot more responsive than the Gourmand operation and their insulated artistes.

  • ellabee  on  March 1, 2013

    Ah, much better: The Eater listing can be viewed all at once and studied.

    And doing so delights me with the news that one of the regional prizes (World Cuisine: Arab) was won by my favorite new cookbook, The Gaza Kitchen by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt. It's only been available since mid-January, and the authors are doing a some cooking and book events up and down the eastern US this month. [More info at ]

  • dixiecaviar  on  March 3, 2013

    I want to attend IACP! Have y'all already picked the 6?!? So cool, guys.

  • FuzzyChef  on  March 6, 2013

    Huh! Unlike the Oscars, I've actually seen and have opinions on many of the nominees. The Chef Restaurant category is going to be particularly brutal; I don't know how you'd decide between those three.

    (don't enter me into the contest, though; sadly, I will be out of town during it)

  • Breadcrumbs  on  March 7, 2013

    Just a note to clarify that I did not post above to enter the contest – just to share my views.

  • djkubica  on  March 19, 2013

    Looking forward to the results of the awards show. Dan

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