Winners of the 2019 IACP Cookbook Awards

This year’s annual International Association of Culinary Professionals conference was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At a ceremony held last evening, the association announced the winners of its 2019 IACP Cookbook, Digital Media, Food Photography & Styling Awards. 


It was a good year for both Cook’s Illustrated/America’s Test Kitchen and its former leader, Christopher Kimball. The latter snagged the award for best general cookbook for his Milk Street: Tuesday Nights: More Than 200 Simple Weeknight Suppers that Deliver Bold Flavor, Fast, which took home the same award from the James Beard Foundation. That was the only book to receive awards from both the JBF and IACP.

Cook’s Illustrated/ATK racked up awards for best children’s book (The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs), best health cookbook (The Complete Diabetes Cookbook), and best compilation ( Cook’s Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes: Groundbreaking Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook).  

Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories by Naz Deravian was another big winner, garnering awards in two of the three catergories for which it was nominated, International and Julia Child First Book Award. Season: A Year of Wine Country Food, Farming, Family, and Friends by Justin Wangler and Tracey Shepos Cenami and Jackson Family Wines likewise took home two awards, for best Chef & Restaurant book and the honor of being named Cookbook of the Year.

In the American cookbook category,  Soul: A Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes by Todd Richards snagged the prize, and Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake by Kristen Miglore won the title of best baking book. Beloved Southern author Nathalie Dupree landed the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A treasure trove of books were inducted into the “Culinary Classics” hall of fame, including I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken, Grand Central Publishing (1960), The Oxford Companion to Food by Alan Davidson, Oxford University Press (1999), Vibration Cooking: Or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, University of Georgia Press (1970), The Breath of a Wok by Grace Young and Alan Richardson, Simon & Schuster (2004), and Honey from a Weed by Patience Gray, Prospect Books & HarperCollins (1997). You can see the complete list of nominees and winners on our IACP 2019 Cookbook Awards page

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