IACP Cookbook award finalists

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Click here to see the list of finalists for the annual awards given by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

What's your reaction? Any you really want to see win?
 

isa

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So many good books to choose from.....


In the chefs and restaurants category and for the Julia Child Award: The Zuni Cafe Cookbook.


Bread Other Baking & Sweet: Kaffee Haus

I can't decide between The Professional Chef and Vegetables from Amaranth to Zucchini in the Food Reference / Technical Category.


What about you Suzanne, what books would you like to win?
 
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I rather enjoyed Real American Breakfast! Mollie Katzen has a new 'all day breakfast' book out now that quitepossibly rivals the Jamsions.

As for reference, the New Pro Chef is great, but (and don't shoot me for this one...) Wolke's What Einstein Told His Cook is fantastic! And not because he was a professor at the school I went to. Eisnstein is insightful, a bit laughable and sophisticated without being pretentious. I am rooting for Robert Wolke!
 

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I would definately have to vote for Real American Breakfast since I enjoyed it so much.
 
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Well, I just love Anatomy of a Dish. Such a different approach! But I would be hard-pressed to choose among any of the ones I know.
 
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I haven't seen most of these....the "Real American Breakfast" title interests me. Can anyone tell me something about it? Do they do any baking?

TIA
 
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Every recipe I have tried from "Real American Breakfast", admittedly not a huge number, has been great. And yes, there is baking in the book. I am at a library so don't have the book in front of me, but my impression is that there were both recipes for bread as well as other baked goods. In addition many of the dishes would work well for lunch and maybe even as side dish for dinner! In short, I like the book!

Aside from that, I am rooting for Zuni Cafe. In addition to wonderful recipes, it is fun to read. You don't have to be systematic about reading it either -- virtually every page has something interesting.

Paris Sweets is also delightful, though it would have been more appealing with pictures to show what the end product is supposed to look like. But then, the cost of the book would have been higher ...
 

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Yes, there is some baking in "Real American Breakfast", not a ton, but some anyways. Besides the review links that Isa gave, I wrote a quick review here in this forum. Check it out.
 
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Yay Crescent Dragonwagon! She's like a modern-day MFK Fischer, only less judgemental... and the recipes are good too. Love this book so much I've ordered a hardcover for myself, and I'm going to send the trade paperback to my sister for her birthday.
 

isa

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Thanks for your comments Compass Rose, I hope the bookstore will receive it soon.
 

isa

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And the winners are...


Cookbook of the Year

Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini The Essential Reference
Elizabeth Schneider

American

American Classics
Cooks Illustrated

Bread, Other Baking and Sweets

Baking by Flavor
Lisa Yockelson

Chefs and Restaurants

The Zuni Cafe Cookbook
Judy Rodgers

First Book: The Julia Child Award

The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes
Dale Degroff

Food Reference

Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini The Essential Reference
Elizabeth Schneider

General

Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking: Wine Country Recipes for Family and Friends
Michael Chiarello Deborah Jones

Health and Special Diet

Betty Crocker's Living with Cancer Cookbook
Ghosh Betty Crocker Editors

International

1000 Indian Recipes
Neelam Batra

Literary Food Writing

Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Single Subject

Italian Classics
Cooks Illustrated

Wine, Beer or Spirits

Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy
Joseph Bastianich
 

isa

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Do you think cookbook awards have an impact in your decision to buy or a cookbook? What are the factors everyone considered when buying a cookbook?
 
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Well, since I tend to buy books either AS SOON AS they come out, or after they've been out for years and years, no. It's more because they intrigue me, or because they are "tried and true" on their topics. But I'm always thrilled when a new one that I adore wins big -- in this case, Vegetables from Aramanth to Zucchini, which I bought because I so loved Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables. It actually won three awards, and I could not be happier. Even if it does not have a recipe I want to make for a particular veg, it tells where to look in other books, and that has been very helpful. (Such as with cardoons.)
 

isa

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I've been intrigued by Vegetables From Amaranth to Zucchini since it came out last year. I look at it whenever I see it and it is on my wish list.

Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables seems to be unavailable here, no store carries it here. Maybe it's something I'll be able to find in Los Angeles.
 
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Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables is out of print, I believe. :( But maybe now Morrow will want to bring it out??
 

isa

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Amazon.ca says I can order, it will take 5 to 7 weeks for delivery though.

But wait, if anyone is interested indigo says it will ship in 24 hours.
 
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I truly could not cook without either of those two of Elizabeth Schneider's books. I tend to buy produce that looks interesting in all ethnicities of markets, whether or not even I know it is, and then look it up when I get home. I don't think I've ever been disappointed when I looked in one of her books. GO FOR IT.
 

isa

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Suzanne could you please tell me if there is a lot of repetition between the vegetable section of Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables and Vegetables ?

Does Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables contains very exotic fruits such a boudah's hand?
 
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