Every year, the Industrial Association of Culinary Professionals gives its Cookbook Awards to “honor the authors, publishers, and other contributors behind the best cookbooks published each year.”
Awards are given in 16 categories, and one cookbook is selected as Cookbook of the Year along with optional awards, the Jane Grigson and Design Awards.
Book of The Year and Chefs & Restaurants
Season: A Year of Wine Country Food, Farming, Family & Friends by Justin Wanger & Tracey Shepos Cenami with Tucker Taylor
There’s a fresh, relaxed way of cooking going on in the California wine country. And in the kitchens and gardens of Jackson Family Wines, it’s a happy way of life. It’s about crafting food that starts with what’s growing in the soil, grazing in the fields, and swimming in the sea–food prepared with a light hand, seasoned with confidence, and served with casual sophistication. It’s about treating wine not as an afterthought to pair with a dish, but as a starting point for that dish to spring from.
In Season, chefs Justin Wangler and Tracey Shepos Cenami and pastry chef Robert “Buttercup” Nieto share more than a hundred of their favorite recipes for everything from special occasions to everyday meals. You’ll find complete menus and ideas for seasonal celebrations–from a springtime garden party and a stress-free summer picnic to an autumn harvest celebration and a holiday finger-food feast–plus a year’s supply of seasonal starters, salads, soups, sides, mains, and desserts.
Soul: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes by Todd Richards
Black American chefs and cooks are often typecast as the experts of only one cuisine–soul food, but Todd Richards’ food is anything but stereotypical. Taste his Hot-Chicken-Style Country-Fried Lamb Steak or Blueberry-Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken Thighs as evidence. While his dishes are rooted in family and the American cuisine known as soul food, he doesn’t let his heritage restrain him. The message of Soul is that cooks can honor tradition yet be liberated to explore. Todd Richards celebrates the restorative wonders of a classic pot of Collard Greens with Ham Hocks, yet doesn’t shy away from building upon that foundational recipe with his Collard Green Ramen, a reinterpretation that incorporates far-flung flavors of cultural influences and exemplifies culinary evolution. Page after page, in more than 150 recipes and stunning photos, Todd shares his creativity and passion to highlight what soul food can be for a new generation of cooks. Whether you’re new to Southern and soul food or call the South your home, Soul will encourage you to not only step outside of the box, but to boldly walk away from it.
Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake by Kristen Miglore
Drawing from her James Beard Award-nominated Genius Recipes column and powered by the cooking wisdom and generosity of the Food52 community, creative director Kristen Miglore has unearthed the most game-changing dessert recipes from beloved cookbook authors, chef, and bakers–collecting them all in this indispensable guide. Featuring iconic desserts spanning the last century- Maida Heatter’s East 62nd Street Lemon Cake, Francois Payard’s Flourless Chocolate-Walnut Cookies, and Nancy Silverton’s Butterscotch Budino, as well as little-known gems like a comforting Peach Cobbler with Hot Sugar Crust from Renee Erickson and the imaginative Parsnip Cake with Blood Orange Buttercream from Lucky Peach, along with genius tips, riffs, and mini-recipes, and the lively stories behind each one.
Children, Youth & Family
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, America’s Test Kitchen
For the first time ever, America’s Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen!
Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America’s Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family, The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs has delicious recipes that will wow!
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Cook’s Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes, America’s Test Kitchen
These recipes tell the story of how Cook’s Illustrated has changed American home cooking through its signature blend of rigorous testing, culinary research, science, and unorthodox approaches to developing foolproof recipes. As fans know, a big part of what makes the magazine so trustworthy (and enjoyable to read) is the essays that accompany each recipe, tracing from initial brainstorming to aha moments (and the occasional catastrophe) to final success. Rarely republished since they first appeared, these feature-length stories celebrate the art of food writing and the extensive work that goes into every recipe.
In addition to the recipes, essays, and helpful sidebars, this book also features the trademark black-and-white illustrations that have become synonymous with Cook’s Illustrated, creative use of the beloved front- and back-cover art, and a new addition: gorgeous, full-color photographs of each dish.
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Pasta, Pane, Vino by Matt Goulding and Nathan Thornburgh
This is not a cookbook. This is something more: a travelogue, a patient investigation of Italy’s cuisine, a loving profile of the everyday heroes who bring Italy to the table. Pasta, Pane, Vino is the latest edition of the genre-bending Roads & Kingdoms style pioneered under Anthony Bourdain’s imprint in Rice, Noodle, Fish and Grape, Olive, Pig. Town by town, bite by bite, author Matt Goulding brings Italy to life through intimate portraits of its food culture and the people pushing it in new directions: Three globe-trotting brothers who became the mozzarella kings of Puglia; the pizza police of Naples and the innovative pies that stay one step ahead of the rules; the Barolo Boys who turned the hilly Piedmont into one of the world’s great wine regions. From the pasta temples of Rome to the multicultural markets of Sicily to the family-run, fish-driven trattorias of Lake Como, Pasta, Pane, Vino captures the breathtaking diversity of Italian regional food culture.
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You and I Eat the Same by Chris Ying
Good food is the common ground shared by all of us, and immigration is fundamental to good food. In eighteen thoughtful and engaging essays and stories, You and I Eat the Same explores the ways in which cooking and eating connect us across cultural and political borders, making the case that we should think about cuisine as a collective human effort in which we all benefit from the movement of people, ingredients, and ideas. An awful lot of attention is paid to the differences and distinctions between us, especially when it comes to food. But the truth is that food is that rare thing that connects all people, slipping past real and imaginary barriers to unify humanity through deliciousness. Don’t believe it? Read on to discover more about the subtle (and not so subtle) bonds created by the ways we eat.
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Food Photography & Styling and The Design Award
The Cook’s Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School by Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini
Mother and daughter American expats Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini always dreamed of living in France. With a lot of hard work and a dash of fate, they realized this dream and cofounded The Cook’s Atelier, a celebrated French cooking school in the storybook town of Beaune, located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Combining their professional backgrounds in food and wine, they attract visitors from near and far with their approachable, convivial style of cooking. Featuring more than 100 market-inspired recipes and 300 exceptional photographs, this comprehensive reference is an extension of their cooking school, providing a refreshingly simple take on French techniques and recipes that every cook should know-basic butchery, essential stocks and sauces, pastry, dessert creams and sauces, and preserving, to name a few.
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Milk Street: Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball
At Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, Tuesdays are the new Saturdays. That means every Tuesday Nights recipe delivers big, bold flavors, but the cooking is quick and easy–simple enough for the middle of the week.
Kimball and his team of cooks and editors search the world for straightforward techniques that deliver delicious dinners in less time. Here they present more than 200 solutions that will transform your weeknight cooking, showing how to make simple, healthy, delicious meals using pantry staples and just a few other ingredients.
Health & Special Diet
The Complete Diabetes Cookbook, America’s Test Kitchen
Eating healthfully plays a big role in managing diabetes. America’s Test Kitchen’s mission is to encourage home cooks to get into the kitchen with 400-plus meticulously developed and tested recipes that maximize healthy ingredients and flavor and limit unhealthy carbs and fats, sodium, and added sugars. Each recipe lists complete nutritional information for easy reference. Enjoy every meal with fresh creative recipes for satisfying breakfasts, weeknight-friendly dinners, holiday celebrations, and even snacks and the occasional sweet treat.
Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover’s Paradise by Marti Buckley
Tucked away in the northwest corner of Spain, Basque Country not only boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other region in the world, but its unique confluence of mountain and sea, values and tradition, informs every bite of its soulful cuisine, from pintxos to accompany a glass of wine to the elbows-on-the-table meals served in its legendary eating clubs. Yet Basque Country is more than a little inaccessible-shielded by a unique language and a distinct culture, it’s an enigma to most outsiders. Until now. Marti Buckley, an American chef, journalist, and passionate Basque transplant, unlocks the mysteries of this culinary world by bringing together its intensely ingredient-driven recipes with stories of Basque customs and the Basque kitchen, and vivid photographs of both food and place. And surprise: this is food we both want to eat and can easily make. It’s not about exotic ingredients or flashy techniques. It’s about mind-set-how to start with that just-right fish or cut of meat or peak-of-ripeness tomato and coax forth its inherent depth of flavor. It’s the marriage of simplicity and refinement, and the joy of cooking for family and friends.
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The IACP Julia Child First Book Award
Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories by Naz Deravian
At eight years old, Naz Deravian left Iran with her family during the height of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis. Over the following ten years, they emigrated from Iran to Rome to Vancouver, carrying with them books of Persian poetry, tiny jars of saffron threads, and always, the knowledge that home can be found in a simple, perfect pot of rice. As they traverse the world in search of a place to land, Naz’s family finds comfort and familiarity in pots of hearty aash, steaming pomegranate and walnut chicken, and of course, tahdig: the crispy, golden jewels of rice that form a crust at the bottom of the pot. The best part, saved for last.
In Bottom of the Pot, Naz, now an award-winning writer and passionate home cook based in LA, opens up to us a world of fragrant rose petals and tart dried limes, music and poetry, and the bittersweet twin pulls of assimilation and nostalgia. In over 100 recipes, Naz introduces us to Persian food made from a global perspective, at home in an American kitchen.
Reference & Technical
The Fruit Forager’s Companion: Ferments, Desserts, Main Dishes, and More from Your Neighborhood and Beyond by Sara Bir
From apples and oranges to pawpaws and persimmons. Half of the fruit that grows in yards and public spaces is never picked or eaten. Citrus trees are burdened with misshapen lemons, berries grow in tangled thickets on the roadside, and the crooked rows of abandoned orchards fill with fallen apples. At the same time, people yearn for an emotional connection that’s lacking in bland grocery store bananas and tasteless melons.
The Fruit Forager’s Companion is a how-to guide with nearly 100 recipes devoted to the secret, sweet bounty just outside our front doors and ripe for the taking, from familiar apples and oranges to lesser-known pawpaws and mayhaws. Sara Bir–a seasoned chef, gardener, and forager–primes readers on foraging basics, demonstrates gathering and preservation techniques, and presents a suite of recipes including habanero crabapple jelly, lime pickle, pawpaw lemon curd, and fermented cranberry relish.
Jerky: The Fatted Calf’s Guide to Preserving & Cooking Dried Meaty Goods by Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller
From the James Beard Award-nominated authors of In the Charcuterie comes this concise guide to the art of making jerky at home. Approximately 40 recipes teach you how to make jerky and other dried meat dishes from a variety of proteins, including beef, pork, venison, and wild game. Clear step-by-step instructions plus beautiful and informative photographs show you how to butcher and season your meat, use a range of techniques and equipment, and even cook with your homemade jerky. These globally inspired recipes pull from Italian, French, Vietnamese, and Mexican culinary traditions, making this the perfect book for the modern meat enthusiast.
Wine, Beer or Spirits
Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned by Alba Huerta and Marah Stets
A tribute to the spirits and drinking traditions of the South through a leading barwoman’s glass, with 80 recipes and photos. Craft cocktail maven Alba Huerta succinctly tells the story of drinking in the South through themes such as “Trading with the Enemy,” “the Rural South,” “the Drinking Society,” “the Saltwater South,” and others that anchor the menu at her destination bar, Julep. With historical overviews, 15 bar snack recipes, and 65 bespoke cocktail recipes, ranging from the iconic Mint Julep (and variations such as Rye Julep and Sparkling Julep) to modern inventions like the Snakebit Sprout, Liquid Currency, and Hot July, Huerta recounts the tales and traditions that define drinking culture in the American South today.