More Cookbook awards….

The Beard award is NOT the only cookbook award out there, so if you’re looking for a punch to the holiday cooking routine or a gift for your favorite foodie, here are some additional awards for cookbooks.

 

The International Association of Culinary Professionals awards cookbooks in 18 categories as well as selecting a cookbook of the year. Categories include:

“American

Cookbooks that focus on ethnic, cultural or regional cooking in theUnited States. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Baking: Savory or Sweet

Cookbooks that focus on breads, pastries, doughs or desserts. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Chefs and Restaurants

Cookbooks by professional chefs and cookbooks that focus on the cuisine of specific chefs or restaurants and are designed with the home cook in mind. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Children, Youth and Family

Cookbooks that focus on young home cooks and/or family cooking. These everyday or special occasion cookbooks should inspire children and young people to prepare new dishes, or present ways to teach basic nutrition concepts, or provide fundamental knowledge of the origin of food. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Compilations

Cookbooks comprised of recipes previously published in another format or compiled by a staff of writers or editors. This includes books produced by corporations, community organizations or food and beverage related magazines or newspapers. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Culinary History

Books that focus on culinary history, the social, economic, political history of food, single-subject food books whose focus is historical, or historically-oriented books about food in the arts and/or humanities. Books will be judged on the clarity of writing, rigor of research and methodology and appeal to a general audience. Books entered may include recipes, but this category does not require recipe testing/evaluation by the judges.

NEW Culinary Travel

Books that focus on culinary travel. These can be guidebooks, travelogues, or other types of books that illuminate the culture of a place through an exploration of its food, anywhere in the world. These books may include recipes, however, this category does not require recipe testing/evaluation by the judges.

First Book: The Julia Child Award

The first cookbook by a writer who has not previously authored or coauthored a food or beverage related book. When a book is co-authored, all writers must be first-time authors. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes. All entries in this category must be accompanied by the IACP Form “First Authorship Affidavit.” This form must be completed by all named authors attesting to the fact they have not previously authored, co-authored, or significantly contributed to a food or beverage related book. Should a question arise regarding an entry, the entrant agrees by his/her signature to submit any documentation deemed necessary for review. Inability to provide this documentation will disqualify a book for entry in this category.  First Book Affidavit Form

Food Matters

Cookbooks that focus on the impact of food choices on personal health and the health of the planet. This category encompasses issues related to farming and fishing, buying and selling, abundance and scarcity, the joy of plenty and the fear of hunger and deprivation. Books included may be related to science and technology, food processing, marketing and publicity, ethical and cultural issues related to food, and the influence of law and politics on our daily diet. These books may include recipes, however, this category does not require recipe testing/evaluation by the judges.

Food Photography and Styling

Awarded to a photographer, stylist and author for photography and styling in a cookbook that clearly, accurately and artistically reflects recipes, cooking techniques and/or cooking equipment, enhances the text with stimulating visual images and reflects the overall tone of the book through the photos. This category does not require recipe testing/evaluation by the judges.

Food and Beverage Reference/ Technical

Reference books on culinary terms, techniques or ingredients, wine or other beverages, or general culinary information. This includes books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, glossaries, atlases or culinary instruction manuals. These books may include recipes, however, this category does not require recipe testing/evaluation by the judges.

General

Multiple-subject cookbooks, including all-purpose cookbooks, personal recipe collections and books that reach a general audience. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Health and Special Diet

Cookbooks and diet books that focus on healthful eating, nutrition, dietary concerns and special or restrictive diets. The accuracy of nutrition information in these books will be judged against the guidelines established by the American Dietetic Association or other science-based recognized authority and a book may be disqualified if it does not meet those criteria. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

International

Cookbooks that focus on recipes of a particular geographical region or cultural identity other than theUnited States. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Literary Food Writing

Fiction or nonfiction books about food and/or beverages, food and/or wine related travel, or memoirs or biographies of food people in which the work is distinguished by the quality of its prose. Quality of writing is the defining factor. These books may include recipes, however, this category does not require recipe testing/evaluation by the judges.

EXPANDED Professional Kitchens

Books entered in this category must be written specifically for chefs and other foodservice professionals who work in institutional and/or restaurant kitchens. Topics might focus on preparation techniques, flavor profiles, use of specific ingredients, recipes, operations and/or service and be applicable to foodservice operators. This category requires quantity recipe testing and evaluation by judges, so books entered in this category must contain foodservice-appropriate recipes.

Single Subject

Cookbooks that focus on specific foods, cooking methods, techniques or appliances. This category requires recipe testing/evaluation by the judges. Books entered in this category must contain recipes.

Wine, Beer or Spirits

Books on the history, evaluation or production of alcoholic beverages, the serving or pairing of alcoholic beverages with food, or mixology. Books about non-alcoholic beverages should not be entered in this category. These books may include recipes, however, this category does not require recipe testing/evaluation by the judges.

Optional Awards

Three optional Awards may be given: The Jane Grigson Award, the Design Award and the Judge’s Choice Award. All books entered in the IACP Cookbook Awards, not just category winners, are eligible for these optional awards. No additional entry form is required for consideration. Please note there is no additional fee to be considered for these optional awards. 

People’s Choice Award”

In the spring of 2012, IACP members and the general public will be invited to vote on their favorite book from the roster of 2012 category finalists.  The People’s Choice award winner will be announced at the awards presentation in April. 
 

For the IACP awards, there is a $150.00 entry fee, and all forms must be completed by the publisher’s representative or author. Books published in English OR bilingual books (to be judged on English content) are eligible. Three anonymous judges complete a process to narrow each category down to five, then three, then a winner. There are separate ballots for each stage. For a list of winners, click HERE. Interestingly, there’s also a “Where are they now” link on the website to highlight continuing achievements of past winners.  

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Another noted cookbook award is the Gourmand International Award . This one does NOT RESTRICT by language or country of first publication, and has a goal of getting international publishing/translations made. From their website:

– There are over 26.000 different food and wine books published around the world every year. In 2010, over 8.000 books from 154 countries competed in the Gourmand World Cookbook Fair Awards. Books compete first in their own language, then the winners compete for Best in The World. In 2011, even more entries are expected

-Winning books get a new “launch” thanks to the awards, and sell more books. More importantly the winners get international recognition and may obtain international rights deals and be translated.

– The list with winners in the national and regional competitions is communicated to the winner in December 2011. The “Best in the World” winners are announced at the awards event in March 2012.

– The International Jury is made up of Jean Jacques Ratier, Mayor of Sorges, capital of the Truffles of Perigord, Sara Baer-Sinnott, President of Oldways, a non profit foundation (USA), Bo Masser, first Directeur of Booktown Grythyttan (Sweden),  Edouard Cointreau, President and Founder of the awards.

I especially like that language is not a restriction, because even the best of books can be ruined by a bad translation, and that there is no entry fee. 🙂 A list of winners is available at the link above.

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In the questionable award, Morris Community Cookbooks gives out an award as well. This is a firm that we all (should) know because they publish the church, synagogue, women’s society, etc. cookbooks with the spiral binding. Let me state that I LOVE THESE BOOKS. They are amazing. Morris does a great job! But, this is an odd branch of publishing. As long as you pay up-front & set a sales goal, Morris (theoretically) would publish anything. To be nominated for the prize, 75% of your sales goal has to have been met, and it has to be  Morris book. That said, I would bet that all the winners are FABULOUS BOOKS, I just question if the award is for sales or for merit….

 

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