The 2008 IACP Cookbook Awards Gala on Friday night in New Orleans was colorful and festive. The evening began with a performance by a rockin’ gospel group that got the crowd singing and clapping in spirited New Orleans fashion.
For those of us who were Finalists with nominated books, the cocktail hour prior to the awards ceremony was filled with collegial best wishes and much anticipation. Despite the fact that the room burst into applause and hoots & hollers when the image of the jacket of our book was projected on the screen and our names were called out, the judges had decided differently and the award went to another author.
The book that won in our Single Subject category was the fish book – Fish Forever by Paul Johnson. Not only did that book win our category but it was also chosen as Cookbook of the Year. Wow – what a sweep for that book. We were able to congratulate Paul in person and wish him endless revisions of his thoughtful book.
While we were disappointed to not win, we realized that many of America’s best and most beloved food writers also came up empty-handed that evening. So we made a tally of some of ‘ Those Who Also Did Not Win’ and we think that we are in pretty good company !
Jean Anderson; Elizabeth Falkner; Alice Medrich; Jacques Pepin; James Peterson; Peter Reinhart; Susan Spicer; Jean-Georges Vongerichten; Anne Willan
We did learn that 70 books were entered into the Single Subject Category, so just to be nominated as a Finalist is an achievement that we will always be proud of.
And now, we are keeping our fingers crossed for the James Beard Foundation Book Awards in June, and our nomination in the Reference Book Category.