Last week we danced with joy when we learned that our book, The Story of Tea had been nominated as a Finalist in the 2008 IACP Cookbook Awards.
Today, to our even greater surprise, we were notified that The Story of Tea has also been selected as a Finalist in the 2008 James Beard Foundation Book Awards. We danced another jig, fired off a few exuberant emails, and suddenly realized that more than anything, else we were overwhelmed and stunned by all of the attention. We are truly blessed to have our book singled-out by both of these prestigious culinary organizations from the distinguished pool of great cookbooks published in 2007.
However, the other Finalists in the Reference Category with us are serious contenders for the James Beard award as well. Hmmm…..
Food: The History of Taste, edited by Paul Freedman, University of California Press
A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseurs Guide to Oyster Eating in North America by Rowan Jacobsen, Bloomsbury, USA.
We were thrilled to have had the opportunity to work our publisher Ten Speed Press. They consistently garner more coveted cookbook awards than any other publisher, and I am happy that they used so many of my photographs in our book. We loved every minute of the nearly two years that it took us to complete the project. Our razor-sharp editor, Brie Mazurek, is to be applauded for cheerfully undertaking our herculean manuscript.
For us, tea is our passion and being able to share tea knowledge with tea enthusiasts and readers gives us a great deal of satisfaction. Writers do not write books just to win awards, but being plucked out of the pack for a job well done is, we must say, a pretty special feeling.
The IACP Cookbook Awards WINNERS will be announced on April 18th in New Orleans, and the James Beard Foundation Food Awards on June 8th in NYC. Til then, if you see us walking funny, it’s because we are keeping both fingers and toes crossed.