IACP Cookbook Award winners

The International Association of Culinary Professionals announced the winners of its 2023 Cookbook Awards (along with other food media and writing awards) this evening at its 2023 Summit held in rain-soaked Brooklyn, NY. In addition to this year’s winners, the IACP inducted three cookbooks into its Culinary Classics, which is a like a Hall of Fame for cookbooks. IACP also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Madhur Jaffrey.

Rick Martinez was the evening’s biggest winner, taking home the prizes for best International cookbook and Book of the Year. His cookbook Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico was also nominated in the Food Photography category. Perennial award winner Yotam Ottolenghi was shut out, but when you have been at the top for so long, there’s only one direction you can go.

The three inductees into the Culinary Classics pantheon are: Family of the Spirit Cookbook: Recipes and Remembrances from African-American Kitchens by John Pinderhughes, Tassajara Cooking by Edward Espe Brown, and Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

I recall lugging the massive tome of Hot Sour Salty Sweet on a plane because it arrived in the mail just before I left on a long work trip and I couldn’t wait to dive into its pages. It was one of the first cookbooks I purchased when I became interested in the worlds of cooking and cookbook collecting, and it is mindboggling to me that the book is more than 20 years old. Totally unrelated to this, please excuse me while I go out and buy a stronger pair of reading glasses and a new bottle of ibuprofen.

But I digress – on to this year’s winners! Presenting the 2023 IACP Cookbook Award winners:

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. See all of the nominees and winners on our IACP 2023 page.

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  • FuzzyChef  on  September 30, 2023

    The book winners look great! And good for Rick.

    IACP needs to overhaul its digital media awards, though, or just stop giving them. It’s pretty clear that the judges for those haven’t been on the internet for five years.

  • averythingcooks  on  September 30, 2023

    Congrats to Rick Martinez…Mi Cocina is a lovely book!

  • SheilaS  on  September 30, 2023

    I’m so pleased to see the award for Six California Kitchens – it’s a treasure!

  • Rinshin  on  October 1, 2023

    Yes, digital media awards is lame.

  • rollyridge  on  October 4, 2023

    I am thrilled to see ‘Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet’ inducted into the Culinary Classics. This was my introduction to cooking Southeast Asian food and remains a well-splattered treasure in my library. In fact, I prepared two salads from it last Tuesday.

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