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'A16: Food + Wine,' 'Chanterelle' top IACP book awards

April 6, 2009 | 11:42 am


"A16 Food + Wine," by chef Nate Appleman and wine director Shelley Lindgren of A16 in San Francisco has been named book of the year by the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals. The cookbook also received the Julia Child Award for best first book. (We lauded the cookbook for striking that delicate balance between simple enough for the home cook, yet sophisticated and complex. We also printed one of its recipes for Monday meatballs, pictured above.) Appleman is also nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year, bestowed on those 30 or under.

"Chanterelle: The Story and Recipes of a Restaurant Classic" also earned honors in the Chefs & Restaurants category and the Food Photography & Styling category.

Other winners included "Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited," "The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook" and Ellie Krieger's "The Food You Crave," as well as Taras Grescoe's "Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood," Jennifer McLagan's "Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient," Fuschia Dunlop's "Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China" and Heston Blumenthal's "The Big Fat Duck Cookbook." See the full list here.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times