Asian American chefs, writers, and bloggers are making their mark on food writing, with many nominated for the 2013 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Awards. These finalists are in categories ranging from Hiroko Shimbo in American, Jen King in Baking, to Charles Phan in Chefs and Restaurants and First Book. Many finalists also are from the San Francisco Bay Area, like Phan, Andrea Nguyen (nominated for her book Asian Tofu, shown in the trailer above), and blogger Jun Belen.
The IACP gives out numerous awards in many different categories. Individual pieces of writing are nominated, such as “I Feared You Cilantro, Now I Love You Too Much” by Mei Chin. One blog that I plan on going back to is Jun Belen’s Jun-Blog. Make your own Daing na Bangus? Yum. His Filipino Food ABC is a thing of both utility and beauty.
Winners will be announced at the IACP’s San Francisco meeting on April 9, 2013. You will be able to purchase the books of the this year and past year’s finalists at IACP’s bookstore on Amazon.