Christopher Kostow's "A New Napa Cuisine," which documents the cooking at his Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood outside of St. Helena was named the best cookbook of the year Sunday by the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals.
Presented at the group's annual conference in Washington, D.C., the prize is one of the two main cookbook competitions in the United States, the other being the James Beard Foundation's awards April 24.
Of the competition's 21 categories (plus two Judge's Choices and a People's Choice), none was more competitive than that for best baking book, which pitted three cookbook legends against each other.
Rose Levy Beranbaum's "Baking Bible" took home the win, besting Dorie Greenspan's "Baking Chez Moi" and Alice Medrich's "Flavor Flours."
In the chef's and restaurants category, another very competitive field, "Bar Tartine" by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns beat out "Plenty More" by Yotam Ottolenghi and "Heritage" by Sean Brock.
Cookbook of the Year: "A New Napa Cuisine" by Christopher Kostow; Jane Grigson Award winner: "Liquid Intelligence" by Dave Arnold; Wine, Beer and Spirits: "Proof: The Science of Booze" by Adam Rogers; Single Subject: "Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry" by Cathy Barrow; Photography: "The Slanted Door" photographed by Ed Anderson; Literary Food Writing: "In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey" by Samuel Fromartz; International: "Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die" by Diane Kochilas; Health & Special Diet: "At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen" by Amy Chaplin; General: "Twelve Recipes" by Cal Peternell; Food Matters: "Citizen Farmers" by Daron Joffe with Susan Puckett;
Culinary Classics: "The Taste of Country Cooking" by Edna Lewis,1977; "Greene on Greens" by Bert Greene, 1984; "The Making of a Cook" by Madeleine Kamman, 1978; "The Greens Cookbook" by Deborah Madison, 1987; "Book of Great Cookies" by Maida Heatter, 1977. Historical Cookbook Award: "Bartolomeo Scappi's Opera" by Terence Scully, Year 1570.