Amy Traverso's The Apple Lovers Cookbook Wins IACP Award
Yankee Magazine Lifestyle Editor Amy Traverso’s book, The Apple Lover’s Cookbook (W.W. Norton), won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) cookbook award for the category American. Winners were announced on April 2, 2012 at an awards ceremony at the 34th Annual IACP Conference.
“When I first began working on this book, I dreamed that if I worked really, really hard and put all my heart and soul into it, then maybe it might possibly somehow be nominated for an award,” says Traverso. “And to have that all come to fruition really did feel like a dream come true. Giving the speech was one of those magical moments where you take a mental snapshot and hold on to it forever.”
Amy’s book, which was published in October 2011, was a finalist in two categories: First Book and American.
Considered the gold standard among cookbook awards and widely lauded as the most selective in the industry, IACP has presented its awards for over 25 years, promoting quality and creativity in culinary writing and publishing, and expanding the public’s awareness of culinary literature. Past honorees have included Rick Bayless, Mark Bittman, Dorie Greenspan, Thomas Keller, and Julia Child, CCP, among others. 2012 Awards were given in 18 categories, including a new Culinary Travel category and a revised Professional Kitchens category, with one cookbook selected as the Cookbook of the Year.
“This award from such a prestigious organization is a well-deserved honor for Amy,” says Yankee Magazine’s Editor Mel Allen. “There was a very famous movie made called The Pride of the Yankees about Lou Gehrig that starred Gary Cooper. We are so happy for Amy. Right now she is the Pride of Yankee Magazine.
The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) is a worldwide forum for the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and inspiration within the professional food and beverage community. First coming together in 1978 as a small but determined group of cooking school owners and instructors, IACP, then known as the Association of Cooking Schools (ACS), unknowingly laid a foundation for food culture not only in America, but well beyond. Now with nearly 3,000 members from more than 32 countries, IACP is engaged in and committed to excellence in all aspects of the culinary industry at every level: local, national, and global.
Amy oversees Yankee’s Food and Home & Garden departments and contributes articles to the magazine. She has written for publications such as Salon.com, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and the Boston Globe, among others. She served as Yankee’s food editor from 2002 to 2005. She was Sunset Magazine’s associate food editor from 2005 to 2007, where she reported on food and restaurant trends and wrote travel features. She served as food editor at Boston Magazine from 2007 to 2009 and as a contributing editor to the magazine since 2009.