James Beard Foundation announces cookbook nominees

Cookbook collage

Awards season is now in full swing as the James Beard Foundation announced its nominees for its 2015 book awards. As is usually the case, while there is some overlap with the IACP nominees, the lists diverge.

While Heritage was the big winner on the IACP list, no cookbook is nominated in more than one category for the JBF awards. Heritage  did make the list for American Cooking, but the other contenders (The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes and Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State) do not appear on IACP's list.

The same holds true for the General category, as Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook is the only cookbook to be nominated by both organizations. The other JBF nominees in this category are The Kitchn Cookbook and Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home. The latter cookbook is highly rated by EYB Members.

One category contains two books that appear on both lists: baking. The matchup between heavyweights Baking Chez Moi and Flavor Flours occurs here too. The third contender in this battle is Della Fattoria Bread but the odds are not in that book's favor.

Other books of note nominated for a JBF award include My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz, A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry, andBitter by Jennifer McLagan. You can view the complete cookbook nominee list on EYB, and visit the James Beard Foundation site to see nominees for television, podcasts, and restaurants in addition to cookbooks.


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