James Beard Foundation Book Awards

The winners of the 2007 James Beard Foundation/KitchenAid Book Awards have been announced. When? Oh, a little while ago. I started this post shortly after the fact but I must have gotten distracted by something. But, like most enthusiastic amateur cooks, I love cookbooks–and buy far more than I need. I might love food reference books even more. My wife is still wondering why our tiny kitchen requires its own copy of Larousse Gastronomique, especially when I have yet to cook pig’s trotters in aspic even once.

Asian Cooking

Cradle of Flavor, by James Oseland (Norton)

Baking and Dessert

Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin)

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Moosewood Cookbook, by Mollie Katzen (Ten Speed Press)

Cookbook of the Year

The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, by Matt Lee and Ted Lee (Norton)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Grand Livre de Cuisine: Alain Ducasse’s Desserts and Pastries, by Alain Ducasse and Frédéric Robert (Les Éditions d’Alain Ducasse)


The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining, by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison (HarperCollins)

Food of the Americas

The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, by Matt Lee and Ted Lee (Norton)


Tasty: Get Great Food on the Table Every Day, by Roy Finamore (Houghton Mifflin)

Healthy Focus

Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way, by Lorna Sass (Clarkson Potter)


The Soul of a New Cuisine, by Marcus Samuelsson (Wiley)


Michael Mina, photographed by Karl Petzke (Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown)


What to Eat, by Marion Nestle (North Point/FSG)

Single Subject

The Essence of Chocolate, by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg (Hyperion)

Wine and Spirits

Romancing the Vine, by Alan Tardi (St. Martin’s)

Writing on Food

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press)

The Lee Brothers.



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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