Dessert book tops Julia Child Cookbook Awards
April 15, 1999
PHOENIX (CNN) -- France's premier pastry chef Pierre Hermé's first English cookbook, done in collaboration with author and Bon Appétit columnist Dorie Greenspan, took the top honor at the Julie Child Cookbook Awards held Wednesday in Phoenix.
The awards, in recognition of the best books on food of 1998, were presented by Food & Wine magazine at the annual conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). The audience was made up of more than 1,200 food professionals.
Greenspan wrote the text of "Desserts by Pierre Hermé" and adapted the chef's recipes, from simple cookies to complicated wedding cakes, for the American home cook.
Greenspan and Hermé's book is also nominated for the prestigious James Beard Crust & Crumb Award to be presented at a ceremony to be held May 3 in New York.
The Julia Child's Awards were also given to the top books in 11 categories including: American; bread, other baking and sweets; chefs and restaurants; first book; food reference/technical; general; health and special diet; international; literary food writing; single subject; wine, beer or spirits; and design.
The award in the American category went to first-time cookbook writers, Ellen Blonder and Annabell Low for their "Every Grain of Rice: A Taste of Our Chinese Childhood in America."
The niece and aunt team put together an authentic Chinese cookbook that also includes the authors' personal recollections of family and food alongside detailed watercolor paintings.
Judging was done by 33 food and beverage writers, independent of one another and the IACP. Any cookbook published in English during 1998 was eligible for nomination. More than 450 books were entered in the competition by publishers in the United States, Canada, England and Australia.
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