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Culinary pros think Rose Levy Beranbaum is heavenly

April 23, 2010 |  1:49 pm

Baking goddess Rose Levy Beranbaum's new "Rose's Heavenly Cakes" was honored as the best cookbook of the year Thursday night at the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals awards ceremony in Portland, Ore. The IACP is an international group of writers, chefs, photographers, cooking teachers and other food professionals, and it has been presenting the awards for 25 years.

Beranbaum, author of "The Cake Bible," "The Pie and Pastry Bible," and "The Bread Bible," among other books, capped the list of 18 books honored by the organization. Other top honors went to "Ad Hoc at Home" by Thomas Keller, Dave Cruz, Michael Ruhlman and Susie Heller for best chef and restaurant book; "Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion" for best general cookbook and John Besh's "My New Orleans" for best American cookbook.

Here is a complete list of winning cookbooks:

General: "Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion"

American: "My New Orleans" by John Besh

Baking: "Rose's Heavenly Cakes" by Rose Levy Beranbaum

Single Subject: "Go Fish" by Al Brown

Compilations: "Gourmet Today" by Ruth Reichl

Children, Youth and Family: "Williams-Sonoma Family Meals" by Maria Helm Sinskey

Health and Special Diet: "The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen" by Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson

International: "Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking" by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo

Wine, Beer and Spirits: "World Whiskey" by Charles Maclean

Culinary History: "Of Sugar and Snow" by Jeri Quinzio

Literary Food Writing: "Waste" by Tristram Stuart

Food Photography and Styling: "Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends," photographed by Petrina Tinslay and styled by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm

Food and Beverage Reference/Technical: "The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts" by the French Culinary Institute

Professional Kitchens: "Baking and Pastry" by the Culinary Institute of America

Chefs and Kitchens: "Ad Hoc at Home" by Thomas Keller, Dave Cruz, Michael Ruhlman and Susie Heller

Design Award: "Thai Street Food" by David Thompson and "Snowflakes and Schnapps" by Jane Lawson

First Book: "The New Portuguese Table" by David Leite

Cookbook of the Year: "Rose's Heavenly Cakes" by Rose Levy Beranbaum

-- Russ Parsons

Photo credit: Bill Hogan / MCT