Another best cookbook win for Tacopedia!
The International Association of Culinary Professionals bestows best Reference & Technical Award 2016
Cookbooks can tell great stories, feature great images, and serve as wonderful repositories of gastronomic culture. However, cookbooks also have to serve another basic function that, often, too few of them fulfill: cookbooks have to tell you how to cook. And no mistakes.
Everyone who's seen it knows that our recent book Tacopedia clearly meets those first three criteria (and because we tested it to bits we always knew it fulfilled the fourth, too). The original, Spanish-language edition of this 320-page taco encyclopedia was a best seller in Mexico and won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Cookbook in Latin America in 2013. Phaidon published the book in English for the first time a few months ago, with 100 authentic recipes, from fillings and tortillas to salsas and sauces, as well as beautiful documentary photography, wonderful illustrations, great backgrounders, and a new foreword by Noma founder (and self confessed taco-lover) René Redzepi.
So the book looks handsome, is a great read and now, according to the International Association of Culinary Professionals, has been deemed 'technically outstanding' too. At its annual cookbook awards in Chicago a couple of days ago, the IACP singled out Tacopedia as the best 2016 cookbook in its Reference & Technical category. We're obviously thrilled that the hard work that went into it has been recognised by so august a body.
The award, which comes on the back of great reviews from the BBC, eater.com and the New York Times, is a heartening endorsement from an industry body that certainly knows how to create great food.