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'Bread Baker's Apprentice' Wins Top Honor in Cookbook Awards

April 24, 2002

Peter Reinhart's "The Bread Baker's Apprentice," a book about artisanal bread baking, was named the best cookbook of the year by the International Assn. of Culinary Professionals on Saturday night in San Diego.

A proponent of slow-rise bread baking, Reinhart is an instructor in Johnson & Wales University's culinary program and is co-founder of Brother Juniper's Bakery in Sonoma County. He is author of four previous books on bread baking and spirituality.

The International Assn. of Culinary Professionals, which holds its cookbook awards annually, is the largest organization of food writers, cooking teachers and food professionals in the world. Here are the award-winners, by category, announced at the group's convention:

Book of the Year: "The Bread Baker's Apprentice," Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed Press, $35). American: "The America's Test Kitchen Cookbook," the Editors of Cook's Illustrated (Boston Common Press, $29.95). Bread, Other Baking and Sweets: "The Bread Baker's Apprentice," Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed Press, $35). Chefs and Restaurants: "Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen," Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (Alfred A. Knopf, $35). Food Reference/Technical: "Professional Baking," Wayne Gisslen (John Wiley, $60). General: "A New Way to Cook," Sally Schneider (Artisan, $40). Health and Special Diet: "Healthy 1-2-3," Rozanne Gold (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $35). International: "Savoring India," Julie Sahni (Weldon Owen, $39.95). Literary: "On Rue Tatin," Susan Herrman Loomis (Broadway Books, $24). Wine, Beer or Spirits: "Bordeaux: People, Power and Politics," Stephen Brook (Mitchell Beazley, $45). First Book: "Recipes From Home," Barbara Shinn and David Page (Artisan, $30). Jane Grigson Award for Scholarship: a tie between "The Glorious Foods of Greece," Diane Kochilas (William Morrow, $40) and "Bordeaux: People, Power and Politics," Stephen Brook. Design Award: "Van Gogh's Table at the Auberge Ravoux," designed by Birgitta Ralston, photographed by Frederic Lebain (Artisan, $35).

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