Splendid Table Host Lynne Rosetto Kasper's 2008 cookbook "How to Cook Supper," written with her producer Sally Swift, was named a finalist last week by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for the organization's 2009 Cookbook Awards.
The book, which Rachel reviewed in a column last year, was nominated in the "General" category alongside a "How to Create Your Dream Wedding" cookbook (doesn't sound very general to me) and one called "Things Cooks Love" put together by the cooking store Sur La Table and Marie Simmons.
"How to Cook Supper" has dozens of rave buyer reviews on Amazon, many clearly familiar with and affectionate towards Rosetto Kasper's radio show, whereas the other two finalists have reviews you could count on one hand. Incidentally, "How to Cook Supper's" page includes blogs from both Rosetto Kasper and Swift -- kinda cool.
Not being an avid cookbook reader or collector (tending, rather, to obsessively troll Epicurious.com and emails containing recipes from various cooking sites, including The Spendid Table), it's tough to say what to make of the rest of (or any - doh!) the books.
Doing a quick title-judging though, there are several that I will ignorantly root for, including one on fat, "a misunderstood ingredient," one on artisanal cocktails and one called "Olives and Oranges," which is really fun to say and then think about.
IACP will announce winners April 4.