Readable Feast co-directors Louisa Kasdon and Annie B. Copps (thereadablefeast.com) are pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions of this year’s cookbook and food writing awards. Best Cookbook Winner: Soframiz, Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick, Ten Speed Press Honorable Mention: Green Plate Special, Christine Burns Rudalevige, Islandport Press Single Subject Winner: The Essential Oyster, Rowan Jacobsen, Bloomsbury Press Honorable Mention: Cooking with Coconut, Ramin Ganeshram, Storey Publishing Food Writing/Memoir Winner: Out of Line, Barbara Lynch, Simon & Schuster Honorable Mention: Whiskey Business, Tom Acitelli, Chicago Review People’s Choice Award Winner: A Celebration in the Raw-Oysters, Jeremy Sewall, Marion Lear Swaybill 2nd place: Real Food/Fake Food, Larry Olmstead, Workman 3rd place: Feast of Sorrow, a novel of Ancient Rome, Crystal King, Touchstone Aesthetic Achievement Winner: The Essential Oyster, Rowan Jacobsen, Bloomsbury Press Honorable Mention: Feeding a Family, Sarah Waldman, Roost Books Socially Conscious Winner: Green Plate Special, Christine Burns Rudalevige, Islandport Press Honorable Mention: Water in Plain Sight, Judith D. Schwartz, St Martin’s Press BOOK OF THE YEAR Black Trumpet, Evan Mallett, Chelsea Green.
In addition to recognizing the best of New England food writing, the Readable Feast will also honor Mary Ann Esposito of “Ciao Italia” (www.ciaoitalia.com) with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Walter Willett, Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the T. Chan Harvard School of Public Health (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/walter-willett) who will receive the K. Dun Gifford “Local Hero” award. The Readable Feast is a celebration of the best culinary-themed books and cookbooks each year written by New England authors on cooking, regional food, food history, memoir, beverage and spirits, sustainability, and social issues; or books written about New England culinary themes. Awards and Honors will be presented Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at the Boston Public Library. Henry Santoro, culinarian and WGBH radio news anchor (news.wgbh.org/people/henry-santoro) will act as emcee. The “People's Choice Cookbook of the Year” will also be awarded based on online voting by cookbook fans across the region—voting took place online June 7—21 at the Readable Feast website thereadablefeast.com/vote-final Tickets are available for $100 and can be purchased at www.readablefeast2017.eventbrite.com . More info, ticket sales, and the final schedule of events are available at thereadablefeast.com.