STAMFORD, CT - May 2005 Cuisinart, a staunch supporter of culinary education programs, sponsored the Literary Food Writing Category of this year's International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards. The winner, Joan Reardon, author of Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M.F.K. Fisher, was announced at the association's 27th Annual International Conference held in Dallas last month.
Reardon's prize-winning work is the first biography of the legendary gastronome, M.F.K. Fisher, and delivers a more realistic portrait than previously published accounts of the author's life. Fisher's book, The Art of Eating, published in 1954, was inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in 1989. She published over a dozen books, most of them about eating, and it was her descriptive prose that propelled Fisher to prominence by delivering her readers beyond visual imagery to the smells, tastes and textures of her own culinary experiences. In her book, Reardon seeks to "demystify" this revered individual while still paying homage to Fisher's true talents.
Reardon, a book reviewer, cookbook author, certified pastry chef, and culinary historian, is also the author of Oysters: A Culinary Celebration -- praised by Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey as "literary, informative, and written with an enthusiasm bordering on the poetic."
Another Reardon title, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, & Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, was nominated for an IACP Award in 1995. In addition to penning several books, Reardon has published numerous articles, including several in the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.
"Food writing is a genre that is still evolving and deserves greater recognition -- not only for its contributions to the culinary industry, but to the literary community at large," says Mary Rodgers, Director of Marketing Communications for Cuisinart and Waring.
The Literary Food Writing Category Award which is sponsored by Cuisinart is presented to the non-fiction or fiction food and beverage book that is distinguished by the quality of its prose.
The submissions are judged by an independent panel of 36 food and beverage professionals who narrow the entries to three nominees in each category. This year's other nominees in the food writing category included Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque, by legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni and Peter J. Elliot, and Something from the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in the 1950's by Laura Shapiro.
Past winners of the prestigious Cookbook of the Year Award (previously known as "Tastemaker Awards") include such legendary chefs as Craig Claiborne and Julia Child as well as contemporary chefs Thomas Keller and Rick Bayless.
"We are proud to partner with the IACP in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of this year's authors," Rodgers says. "The IACP is an association that shares our mission to support the culinary industry by providing continuing education and development for professionals."
Cuisinart, universally known for introducing the food processor in America, is a leader in culinary appliances, professional quality cookware, and kitchen accessories. The company, based in Stamford, Connecticut, manufactures a full range of products under the tagline, "Savor the Good Life®." These products include cookware, countertop cooking appliances, cutlery, hand blenders, hand mixers, coffeemakers, toasters and toaster ovens, as well as food processors, electric teakettles and scales. Cuisinart's website is www.cuisinart.com.