The winners of the 2010 James Beard Foundation's best cookbooks published in 2009 were announced last week. Milwaukee Public Library has many of the winners (past and present) for you to try before you buy:
Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller with David Cruz won the General Cooking award. Keller is a famous restaurateur and chef with many award-winning cookbooks and restaurants.
Cooking with a Healthy Focus award went to Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the author of The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas.
Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way by Francis Mallman and Peter Kaminsky, photographed by Santiago Soto Monllor won the award for Photography. Mallman is South America's most famous chef, plus a food critic and restaurateur. If you like to cook with fire, try this. It is both gorgeous and useful.
In the Baking and Dessert category James Peterson won for Baking:: 350 recipes and techniques, 1500 photographs, one baking education . This is Peterson's fourth James Beard Award. Peterson was also an instructor at the French Culinary Institute in New York for several years and has authored nine other cookbooks.
Cookbook of the Year and International award went toThe Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews who has authored many other cookbooks and also co-founded Saveur magazine.
In the American Cooking category the award went to Donald Link with Paula Disbrowe for Real Cajun: Rustic Home Cooking From Donald Link's Louisiana . Donald Link has a JBF award for Best Chef (South) in 2007 and was nominated for Best New Restaurant (2007) for Cochon, his restaurant in New Orleans.
For a full list of winners and nominees (past and present), please see the James Beard Foundation's website.
Submitted by Rebecca D.