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IACP Lists Its Cookbook Awards Finalists; Momofuku Is Noticeably Absent

The International Association of Culinary Professionals has released its list of finalists for the 2010 IACP Cookbook Awards. New York is fairly well represented: Marcus Samuelsson was nominated for his New American Table, written with Heidi Walters; Jim Lahey got a nod for My Bread, written with Rick Flaste, and Michael Psilakis was recognized for How to Roast a Lamb.

But curiously absent from the list of nominees is David Chang and Peter Meehan's Momofuku cookbook, which earned universal raves when it was published last October. Were the IACP's sensibilities simply too tender for the book's salty language?

Anneliese Doyle, a spokeswoman for IACP, couldn't comment directly on the matter, but did tell Fork in the Road that the organization has "a really stringent judging policy" wherein each entrant in the 16 awards categories is judged on numerous criteria by three independent judges. "It's a very detailed judging process," Doyle says. "It's not like there's one person sitting there and selecting books." Out of the 550 books that were entered, she adds, "there's bound to be something on there that probably deserves to be there but isn't a finalist because there's only three finalists" for each category.

While it's difficult to be entirely convinced that the book, like Chang himself, wasn't too iconoclastic to win the favors of the IACP judges, it's not like Chang is exactly lacking in accolades, and is most likely not sobbing into his bacon dashi. The IACP awards ceremony will take place in Portland the weekend of April 21; the full list of finalists follows after the jump.

FINALISTS

DamGoodSweet Authors: David Guas and Raquel Pelzel Editor: Carolyn Mandarano Publisher: The Taunton Press, Inc.

My New Orleans: The Cookbook Author: John Besh Editor: Jean Lucas Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

New American Table Authors: Marcus Samuelsson and Heidi Walters Editor: Pamela Chirls Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Real Cajun Authors: Donald Link and Paula Disbrowe Editor: Rica Allannic Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Baking: Savory or Sweet

FINALISTS

All Cakes Considered Author: Melissa Gray Editor: Bill LeBlond Publisher: Chronicle Books

My Bread Authors: Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste Editor: Maria Guarnaschelli Publisher: W.W. Norton

Rose's Heavenly Cakes Author: Rose Levy Beranbaum Editor: Pamela Chirls Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Chefs & Restaurants

FINALISTS

Ad Hoc at Home Authors: Thomas Keller and Dave Cruz Editor: Ann Bramson Publisher: Artisan Books

Bottega Favorita Author: Frank Stitt Editor: Ann Bramson Publisher: Artisan Books How to Roast a Lamb Author: Michael Psilakis Editor: Michael Sand Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Children, Youth and Family

FINALISTS

Baking Kids Love Authors: Cindy Mushet and Sur La Table Editor: Jean Lucas Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

Mad Hungry Author: Lucinda Scala Quinn Editor: Ann Bramson Publisher: Artisan Books

Williams-Sonoma Family Meals Author: Maria Helm Sinskey Editor: Lauren Hall Publisher: Oxmoor House

Compilations

FINALISTS

Cooking Light Way to Cook Authors: Editors of Cooking Light Editor: Rachel Quinlivan, R.D. Publisher: Oxmoor House

Gourmet Today Author: Ruth Reichl Editor: Rux Martin Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

Southern Living Comfort Food Authors: Editors of Southern Living Editor: Julie Gunter Publisher: Oxmoor House

Culinary History

FINALISTS

Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage Authors: Louis Grivetti and Howard-Yana Shapiro Editor: Jonathan Rose Publisher: John Wiley & Sons From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America Author: Richard Mendelson Editor: Blake Edgar Publisher: University of California Press Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making Author: Jeri Quinzio Editor: Sheila Levine Publisher: University of California Press

First Book/The Julia Child Award

The KitchenAid Award

FINALISTS

Seasonal Spanish Food Author: Jose Pizarro Editor: Sophi Allen Publisher: Kyle Cathie (England) The Brazilian Table Authors: Yara Castro Roberts and Richard Roberts Editor: Leslie Stitt Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher

The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast Author: David Leite Editor: Rica Allannic Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Food Photography & Styling

FINALISTS

Hot and Hot Fish Club Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Family, and Traditions Authors: Chris Hastings and Idie Hastings Photographer: Jason Wallis Stylist: Chris Hastings Editor: Georffrey Stone Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers Restaurant Nicholas: The Cookbook Authors: Nicholas Harary and Peter Zuorick Photographer: Steve Legato Stylist: Chris Fenison Editor: Joe D. Angelo Publisher: Pediment Publishing (Canada) Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends Authors: Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm Photographer: Petrina Tinslay Stylists: Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm Editors: Sarah Putman Clegg and Sharon Silva Publisher: Oxmoor House Food Reference & Technical

FINALISTS

The Deluxe Food Lover's Companion Author: Ron Herbst Editor: Patricia Hunter Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts Author: The French Culinary Institute Editor: Luisa Weiss Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Why Italians Love to Talk About Food Author: Elena Kostioukovitch Editor: Jonathan Galassi Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

General

The Eat Your Books Award

FINALISTS

Get Cooking Author: Mollie Katzen Editor: Robert Miller Publisher: HarperStudio

Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion Author: Stephanie Alexander Editor: Kathleen Gandy Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)

Williams-Sonoma Family Meals Author: Maria Helm Sinskey Editor: Kim Laidlaw Publisher: Oxmoor House

Health and Special Diet

FINALISTS Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa Authors: Dean Rucker and Marah Stets Editor: Rica Allannic Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life Author: Louisa Shafia Editor: Sara Golski Publisher: Ten Speed Press The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery Authors: Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson Editor: Melissa Moore Publisher: Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press

International

The Le Cordon Bleu Award

FINALISTS

Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking Author: Eileen Yin-Fei Lo Editor: Bill LeBlond Publisher: Chronicle Books

Seven Fires Authors: Francis Mallmann and Peter Kaminsky Editor: Ann Bramson Publisher: Artisan Books The Songs of Sapa Author: Luke Nguyen Editor: Kim Rowney Publisher: Kay Scarlett Publishing Company: Murdoch Books (Australia)

Literary Food Writing

The Cuisinart Award

FINALISTS

Appetite City: A Culinary History of New York Author: William Grimes Editor: Jonathan Galassi Publisher: North Point Press / FSG

The Sweet Life in Paris Author: David Lebovitz Editor: Charlie Conrad Publisher: Broadway Books

Waste Author: Tristram Stuart Editor: Robert Weil Publisher: W.W. Norton

Professional Kitchens

FINALISTS

Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft 2nd Ed. Authors: The Culinary Institute of America Editor: Pamela Chirls Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. How To Bake Bread: The Five Families of Bread Author: Michael Kalanty Editor: The Breas Head Group Publisher: Red Seal Books

International Cuisine Author: The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes Editor: Mary Cassells Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Single Subject

FINALISTS

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyoza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More Author: Andrea Nguyen Editor: Clancy Drake Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Go Fish Author: Al Brown Publisher: Random House (New Zealand)

Seven Fires Authors: Francis Mallmann and Peter Kaminsky Editor: Ann Bramson Publisher: Artisan Books

Wine, Beer and Spirits

FINALISTS

The Finest Wines of Champagne: A Guide to the Best Cuvees, Houses, and Growers Author: Michael Edwards Editor: Blake Edgar Publisher: University of California Press

The King of Vodka Author: Linda Himelstein Editor: Ben Loehnen Publisher: Harper

World Whiskey Author: Charles Maclean Editor: Shannon Beatty Publisher: DK Publishing

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