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Portland Authors Receive Coveted IACP Cookbook Award Nominations

The Picnic and Jenn Louis's Pasta by Hand could both take home" the golden standard" in cookbook awards

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Each year, the International Association of Culinary Professionals holds the Cookbook Awards, "the golden standard among cookbook awards," and this year's list of finalists includes two major cookbooks by Portland authors: Pasta by Hand: A Collection of Italy's Regional Hand-Shaped Dumplings, by Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern, published by Chronicle Books, and The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket, by Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson, published by Artisan Books.

The IACP awards a variety of food media, from cookbooks and journalism, to photography and digital media, and Pasta by Hand is a finalist in the Single Subject award category. With 65 recipes, the cookbook proves that the common gnocchi aren't Italy's only dumplings. (See Eater Portland's full coverage here).

The Picnic is a finalist in the General category, and in this ode to all things picnic, you'll find everything from how to identify the ideal picnic spot, to what to pack. Basically, The Picnic will turn you into a sort of MacGyver of picnics. (See Eater Portland's full coverage of The Picnic here).