Two Canadian books short-listed for this year’s James Beard Awards
Yesterday, the James Beard Foundation announced the nominees for its 2012 Book Awards, and the list this year includes two Canadian titles. The Art of Living According to Joe Beef by Montrealers Meredith Erickson, Frédéric Morin and David McMillan, which took first place in this year’s Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, is up for the Cooking from a Professional Point of View category, and Odd Bits, last year’s offal bible by Toronto’s Jennifer McLagan, is up for the Single Subject category. We’d wager the odds on Odd Bits are a bit better than those on Joe Beef, given that the latter is up against Modernist Cuisine (you know, the 2,400-page, 50-pound summation of all known cooking techniques). Also nominated was one-time Toronto son Paul Grieco, who oversaw the wine program at the family restaurant (formal Italian standard bearer La Scala) before decamping to New York, where he’s now the co-owner of Terroir Wine Bar. He’s up for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional.