The finalists for the International Association of Culinary Professionals were announced this week. The contest includes two divisions, one for cookbooks and another for culinary journalism known as the Bert Greene Awards. I don’t think that I’m disclosing anything that I shouldn’t by publicly acknowledging that I’m a judge for Bert Greene awards, since that’s part of my job as the chair of the Food Writers, Editors & Publishers section.
I’m pretty psyched that some of my favorite writers and friends made the short lists. (I didn’t have a dog in this fight, but my next book will be eligible for next year’s awards…)
The complete list includes a couple of my favorite new cookbooks from last year, including Seattle-based Lisa Dupar’s fabulous Fried Chicken & Champagne and Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan, plus the excellent American Wasteland by Jonathan Bloom, which I included in my 25 Food Books roundup late last year.
Congrats to all the finalists, and may I also add that this link also makes for a great shopping list?