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Vegetarian Cookbook Takes Top Honors

April 29, 1998

Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" (Broadway Books, $40) won the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals' Best Cookbook of the Year prize last week during presentation in Portland of the Julia Child Cookbook Awards and Bert Greene Awards for food journalism.

Madison, co-founder of San Francisco's landmark vegetarian restaurant Greens, is the first author to win the award twice, having previously been honored for "The Savory Way" in 1990.

Los Angeles Times Food section contributor and Sacramento restaurateur Mai Pham won one of the association's two Bert Greene Awards for food journalism. Pham's article "Love, Life and Pho" was a Times Food section cover story about the cultural and culinary significance of the Vietnamese noodle soup pho. It won for best newspaper food journalism. New York magazine restaurant critic Gael Greene won the magazine category of the Bert Greene Awards for her article "Eating (and Enjoying It) in Beijing," published in Travel and Leisure magazine.

The Bay Area's Catherine Sneed, whose horticultural program training prisoners to raise vegetables to feed the underprivileged was profiled in the Times food section in 1992, was named the association's humanitarian of the year.

Several other cookbooks received Julia Child Cookbook Awards. A complete listing follows.

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1997 JULIA CHILD COOKBOOK AWARDS

American: "Cocina de la Familia: More than 200 Authentic Recipes from Mexican-American Home Kitchens," Marilyn Tausend with Miguel Ravago (Simon & Schuster, $27.50). Bread, Other Baking and Sweets: "The Chocolate Bible," Christian Teubner (Penguin Studio, $29.95). Chefs and Restaurants: "Alfred Portale's Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook" (Doubleday, $24.95). First Book: "The Best Bread Ever: Great Homemade Breads Using Your Food Processor," Charles Van Over (Broadway Books, $27.50). Food Reference/Technical: "Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Growing, Seed Saving and Cultural History," William Woys Weaver (Henry Holt & Co., $45). General: "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone," Deborah Madison (Broadway Books, $40). Health and Special Diet: "Positive Cooking: Cooking for People Living With HIV," Lisa McMillan, Jill Jarvie and Janet Brauer (Avery Publishing Group, $12.95). International: "Marcella Cucina," Marcella Hazan (HarperCollins Publishers, $35). Literary Food Writing: "The Man Who Ate Everything: And Other Gastronomic Feats, Disputes and Pleasurable Pursuits," Jeffrey Steingarten (Alfred A. Knopf, $27.50). Single Subject: "The Splendid Grain," Rebecca Wood (William Morrow & Co., $30). Wine & Spirits: "Aperitif: Recipes for Simple Pleasures in the French Style," Georgeanne Brennan (Chronicle Books, $24.95). The Jane Grigson Award (for distinguished scholarship): "Heirloom Vegetable Gardening," William Woys Weaver (Henry Holt & Co., $45). The Design Award: "Marie Claire Cooking," Donna Hay (Murdoch Books).

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