'Miami Spice' cookbook wins top genre award

April 27, 1994|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff Writer

A cookbook celebrating the fresh, flavorful, richly ethnic cuisine of Florida by Steve Raichlen has won a first place in the Julia Child Cookbook Awards for 1993.

"Miami Spice: The New Florida Cuisine" (Workman, 1993) was honored in the American cookbook category, for books that focus on ethnic, cultural or regional cooking in the United States, by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Mr. Raichlen, a Miami author and cooking teacher, grew up in Baltimore and still has relatives in the area.

The cookbook awards were announced at the recent IACP convention in San Francisco. The award for best cookbook of the year went to "The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia," by Massachusetts Russian literature professor Darra Goldstein (HarperCollins, $27.50). The Cooks' Choice Award, for which consumers voted for their favorite cookbook of 1993, went to "Fields of Greens: New Vegetarian Recipes from the Celebrated Greens Restaurant," by California chef and author Annie Somerville.

Other winners were:

* "Bread Alone," by Daniel Leader and Judith Blahnik (William Morrow and Co., $25), in the bread, other baking and sweets category.

* "The Foods of Greece," by Aglaia Kremezi (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $50), in the first book category.

* "Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: 200 Luscious, Low-Fat Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Puddings and Other Desserts You Thought You Would Never Eat Again," by Susan G. Purdy (William Morrow and Co., $25), in the health and diet category.

* "Greens: A Country Garden Cookbook," by Sibella Kraus and Deborah Jones (HarperCollins, $19.95), in the illustrated/photography category.

* "James Beard: A Biography," by Robert Clark (HarperCollins, $27.50), in the literary food-writing category.

* "Cooking Under Wraps," by Nicole Routhier (William Morrow and Co., $27), in the single subject category.

* "Wine Atlas of California," by James Halliday (Viking, $50), in the beer, wine and spirits category.

* "Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking," by William Woys Weaver (Abbeville Press, $30), the Jane Grigson Award for distinguished scholarship.

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