Willan Wins 2 Major Cookbook Awards from IACP

Filed under: Bites & Bits , Author: Caron Golden , April 11, 2013

Anne Willan, founder of École de Cuisine La Varenne and acclaimed cookbook author, on April 9 received both the Jane Grigson Award for distinguished scholarship and depth of research and the Culinary History Cookbook Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) at the association’s 35th-annual conference in San Francisco for her and husband Mark Cherniavsky’s book, The Cookbook Library: The Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook (University of California Press 2012).


Both awards recognize a cookbook that is distinguished by a variety of criteria, including the presentation and writing of recipes, editorial context and writing style, research and scholarship, design layout, overall quality, creativity and excellence.

This year’s conference, “Dirt to Digital: Real Food in a Virtual World,” brought together more than 600 chefs, cooking teachers, cookbook authors, journalists, food photographers and food marketers from around the world.

“I am so honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Willan. “This book has been a labor of love, and I can say without hesitation that this award has been one of the greatest achievements of my career.” The Cookbook Library: The Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook, is based on Willan’s and Cherniavsky’s extensive antiquarian cookbook collection. It was also awarded the Hall of Fame Award at the 2013 Gourmand Book Awards and Paris Cookbook Fair and was recently nominated for a 2013 James Beard Foundation Award.

Willan has had an extraordinary career in the culinary arts and is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on French cooking. She founded École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975. Her accolades include the IACP Lifetime Achievement Award, James Beard Foundation Award and Bon Appétit Teacher of the Year Award. Willan is also the author of more than 30 cookbooks. Notable titles include La Varenne Pratique; the 17-volume Look and Cook series; and The Country Cooking of France, which won two 2008 James Beard Foundation Book Awards.


Willan is also working on a memoir, to be published this autumn by St. Martin’s Press. Born in Newcastle, England, she now divides her time between Santa Monica, Calif., and France. For more information about Willan, her books and La Varenne, visit www.lavarenne.com. You can also follow Willan on Twitter @AnneWillan.

The IACP awards program includes four primary categories: the Cookbook Awards, the Bert Greene Awards, the Digital Media Awards and the Awards of Excellence. In addition to Willan, this year’s award recipients include well-known food and culinary thought leaders such as Marion Nestle; celebrity chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson and Charles Phan; and popular online sites, such as food52.com and saveur.com. For a complete listing of all award winners, click here.

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