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IACP Cookbook Award Winners 2012

Get to Know This Year's Best Cookbooks

The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) are gathered in New York for their annual week-long conference. Last night, ceremony emcee (and Cooking Channel's Food(ography) host) Mo Rocca announced which finalists took home the top nod of best cookbooks of 2012.

Among the winners: Nathan Myhrvold's standout Modernist Cuisine, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik's essay on eating, The Table Comes First, and New Orleans chef John Besh's My Family Table for the category of Children, Youth, and Family. Perhaps most notable? The fact that an Indian cookbook (Tasting India by Christine Manfield) took home the award of Cookbook of the Year — a signal that American home cooks are finally ready to tackle the lesser-known frontier of Indian cuisine.

Interested in checking out the list of this year's best cookbooks? Then keep reading.

Cookbook of the Year
Tasting India Author: Christine Manfield, Editor: Alison Cowan, Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

People's Choice
The Art of Pasta Author: Lucio Galletto, Editor: Alison Cowan, Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

American
The Apple Lover's Cookbook Author Amy Traverso, Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli, Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Baking: Savory or Sweet
Baking Style: Art Craft Recipes Author: Lisa Yockelson, Editor: Pamela Chirls, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Culinary History
High on the Hog Author: Jessica Harris, Editor: Kathy Belden, Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Compilations
The Cakebread Cellars American Harvest Cookbook Authors: Jack & Dolores Cakebread, Brian Streeter, Janet Fletcher; Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Chefs and Restaurants
The Blue Tomato: The Inspirations Behind the Cuisine of Alan Wong Author: Alan Wong, Publisher: Watermark Publishing

Children, Youth, and Family
My Family Table Author: John Besh, Editor: Jean Lucas, Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Culinary Travel
Tasting India Author: Christine Manfield, Editor: Alison Cowan, Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

The Design Award and Professional Kitchens
Modernist Cuisine Author: Nathan Myhrvold, Chris young, Maxime Billet; Publisher: The Cooking Lab

First Book — The Julia Child Award
Ancient Grains For Modern Meals Author: Maria Speck, Editors: Jenny Wapner and Dawn Yanagihara, Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Food and Beverage Reference/Technical
Ruhlman's Twenty Author: Michael Ruhlman, Editors: Bill LeBond and Sarah Billingsley, Publisher: Chronicle Books

Food Matters
Tomatoland Author: Barry Estabrook, Editor: Chris Schillig, Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Food Photography and Styling
The Art of Pasta Author: Lucio Galletto, Editor: Alison Cowan, Publisher: Penguin Group Australia

General
All About Roasting Author: Molly Stevens, Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli, Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Health and Special Diet
Ancient Grains For Modern Meals Author: Maria Speck, Editors: Jenny Wapner and Dawn Yanagihara, Publisher: Ten Speed Press

International
The Food of Spain Author: Claudia Roden, Editor: Libby Edelson, Publisher: HarperCollins/Ecco

The Jane Grigson Award
Tomatoland Author: Barry Estabrook, Editor: Chris Schillig, Publisher: Andrews McMeel
Inside the Jewish Bakery Authors: Stanley Ginsberg and Norman Berg, Publisher: Camino Books

Literary Food Writing
The Table Comes First Author: Adam Gopnik, Publisher: Knopf

Single Subject
All About Roasting Author: Molly Stevens, Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli, Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

The Visionary Achievement Awards
Modernist Cuisine Author: Nathan Myhrvold, Chris young, Maxime Billet; Publisher: The Cooking Lab

Wine, Beer, or Spirits
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, With Cocktails, Recipes... Author: Brad Thomas Parsons, Editor: Emily Timberlake, Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Visit the IACP's website for a list of the rest of the awards, which include accolades for food writing, new media, broadcast, and classic books. What gets your vote for best cookbook of the past year?

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