This year’s award winning cookbooks are out. And, you should own them.
It’s the Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy all folded into one nice delicious recipe that is impossible to resist. I’m talking about the James Beard Foundation Award For Excellence. Or, as I affectionately refer to it, The Beardy. In the food world, it’s a BIG deal.
Each year the James Beard panel of experts selects the best in their field. We’re not just talking about chefs here. There are awards given for a broad scope of culinary related skills and endeavors. Cookbooks being one of the more hotly contested categories.
The annual awards, which were presented this past May recognize a wide variety of cookbooks and cuisines. From the Hugh Acheson’s A New Turn In The South to Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco and just about everything in between.
If there isn’t room on your cookbook shelf for these soon to be classics you need to do a little cleaning. Here’s the list of this years recipients. Go grab your chef coat…
2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
Cookbook of the Year
Modernist Cuisine | Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet
Cookbook Hall of Fame
Home Cooking and More Home Cooking | Laurie Colwin
A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen | Hugh Acheson
Baking and Dessert
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home | Jeni Britton Bauer
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, & Formulas | Brad Thomas Parsons
Ruhlman’s Twenty | Michael Ruhlman
Focus on Health
Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen | Heidi Swanson
The Food of Morocco | Paula Wolfert
All About Roasting | Molly Stevens
Writing and Literature
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef | Gabrielle Hamilton
Click on any of the book cover images or text links to purchase your copy.