Friday, March 20, 2009


I have a sister who loves to cook. Naturally, she loves cookbooks. She probably has more cookbooks than most people have books in general. As you might guess, she’s a great cook. While she searches Julia Child, I count to make sure there aren’t more than five ingredients in a recipe. If on a given night, you’re invited to her house and my house for dinner, I will totally understand if you go to hers.

So in honor of big sis, Cathy, I present part of the list of the 2009 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award Finalists. (The list is too long to give them all here, so zip over there to find all of them.)

First, the categories:
Chefs and Restaurants
First Book/ The Julia Child Award
Food Photography and Styling
Food Reference and Technical
Health and Special Diet
Literary Food Writing
Single Subject
Wine, Beer and Spirits

Being as Straight From Hel focuses on writing, I’ll list the finalists for First Book/The Julia Child Award and Literary Food Writing.

First Book/The Julia Child Award:

A16: Food & Wine
Author: Ed Anderson
Co-Author: Nate Appleman
Editor: Aaron Wehner
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Author: Martha Holmberg
Editor: Bill LeBlond
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal
Author: PierreThiam
Publisher: Lake Isle Press

Literary Food Writing:

Author: Taras Grescoe
Editor: Jim Gifford
Publisher: Harper Collins

Raising Steaks
Author: Betty Fussell
Editor: Rebecca Saletan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
Author: Fuschia Dunlop
Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli
Publisher: W.W. Norton

Okay, I’m gonna throw in one more ‘cause it caught my eye.

Health and Special Diet:

The Food You Crave
Author: Ellie Krieger
Editor: Pam Hoenig
Publisher: Taunton Press

The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great
Author: Pam Anderson
Editor: Rux Martin
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Techniques of Healthy Cooking, 3rd Edition
Author: The Culinary Institute of America
Editor: Pamela Chirls
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Does that say Pam Anderson as the author of The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great? THE Pam Anderson? And she’s up against The Culinary Institute of America?

Hmm. Possibly a cookbook Cathy doesn’t have yet. Maybe it’ll be on sale by Christmas time.
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  1. "The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great"

    If it does go on sale I'm definitely buying it. Sounds perfect for my "taste buds more active than my metabolism" body.

  2. I, too, have a great collection of cookbooks. I like to read them. I don't know why. My favorite (and most used) cooking implement is the phone. In Houston we can get almost anything delivered in 30-60 minutes.

  3. Marvin, sounds like you and I could start a club. (smile)

  4. I envy you, Charlotte. We live in a an area that we can only get one obscure pizza place to deliver and that's it.

  5. I want to write a quirky southern cookbook one day. The subtitle will be - "Measurements Are Approximate," or maybe that will be the title. LOL.

  6. Boy, just reading the list made me hungry...

  7. Hmm, now why isn't there an "Instant Gratification Cooking for the Busy/Lazy Writer" on this list? Although "Bottom Feeder" might come close in my case.

    I'd like to see a REAL "author's" cookbook. None of this fancy flank steak with 20-ingredient marinades and 2 hours prep time. Truth is, 30-min meals are too great an investment much of the time. LOL

    Bon appetit!


  8. I want to find a cookbook that comes with a chef and the clean-up crew!

    Jane Kennedy Sutton

  9. I second Jane's request!

    L. Diane Wolfe

  10. I agree with all of you.

    I looked at one of my sister's Paula Dean cookbooks and almost all of the recipes called for a stick of butter. Now that's southern cooking!

  11. My favorite cookbook will always be the Betty Crocker cookbook...grew up with it and have never found one I like more!

  12. I have three shelves of cookbooks, one of my fave's is Chocolate & Zucchini (sp?. It relates to the blog of the same name and is really lovely. It's by a french girl who lived in america for a while.

  13. Dana, I have a Betty Crocker cookbook, too. It's about to fall apart.

    Hagelrat, does the book have an actual recipe using those two ingredients? I'd like to have that one!


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