The International Association of Culinary Professionals held its annual awards on Saturday night, honoring the best in food writing, photography, design, and journalism over the last year. We are very happy to congratulate clients James Beard and Bert Greene Award Winner Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion, whose KEEPERS: Two Home Cooks Share Their Tried-and-True Weeknight Recipes and the Secrets to Happiness in the Kitchen was published in August by Rodale, won the 2014 IACP best General cookbook of the year award, beating out the likes of Alice Waters and Mollie Katzen.
No wonder, considering the fabulous praise the book has received since before and after publication in August:
It may be the best-value weeknight cookbook around
—The Boston Globe
Kathy and Caroline reveal the answer to the often daunting question of “what’s for dinner tonight?” I encourage everyone—whether a novice or seasoned cook—to explore their kaleidoscopic collection of casual recipes that are sure to satisfy any group of friends or hungry family.
Leave it to these two smart working mothers to create such a charming, practical cookbook for the home cook. Keepers is filled with delicious recipes (and plenty of good advice) that every home cook will be glad to add to their own collection of “keepers”. Keepers is a keeper!
—Christopher & Melissa, The Canal House
Any book with an entire section devoted to toast for dinner has my immediate respect. Kathy and Caroline have assembled a weeknight arsenal for home cooks that’s inspiring, relatable and infused with a deep understanding of the realities of family life. Keepers epitomizes the way I strive to cook every night.
—Merrill Stubbs, co-founder of Food52
Keepers is one of the smartest cookbooks to come out in recent years. From techniques learned at the International Culinary Center to daily conversations about “what’s for dinner” at Saveur, these two have put together the modern day go-to cookbook. Brennan and Campion hit the nail on the head, speaking in an honest and helpful way while guiding readers through realistic expectations of weeknight planning and cooking. Anyone from those just starting to cook for themselves to newlyweds trying to find their culinary voice to mothers in a food rut will find Keepers a real keeper.
—Dorothy Cann Hamilton, Founder & CEO, The International Culinary Center
Skillet Lasagna? Cucumber and Watermelon Salad? Yes, please. Find them in this collection of time-honored, proven dishes (from two former editors of Saveur magazine) that will become your own family classics.
Do you need another book claiming to offer quick weeknight dinners? Well, you need this one. Keepers is highly focused — it’s dinner and dinner only, and not one of its recipes will set you back more than 45 minutes. At the same time, these two former Saveur editors make no compromises on taste or quality. Even their shortcuts — a pack of frozen vegetables, store-bought puff pastry — are in the service of deliciousness (in this case, a fast chicken pot pie).
—NPR Guide to Great Reads of 2013
Don’t think I can face another year of boring old green beans, so I’ve been flipping through Brennan and Campion’s great new not-too-fussy Keepers for out-of-the-box options. Tomato and Zucchini Gratin looks yummy, or – ooh! – Roasted Acorn Squash with Jalapeño-Lime Butter … I might just have to try both.
The best cookbook you’ve read all year.
—Joanna Goddard, Cup of Jo
Kathy and Caroline have filled Keepers with practical advice on everything from meal planning (when was the last time a cookbook reminded you to breathe?) to shopping with kids (don’t worry, it’s awful for them, too). They even give suggestions for families at different stages or with kids of different ages. But my favorite section is ‘Lifesavers,’ which is filled with versatile sauces–aka flavor bombs–that can be made ahead, kept in the fridge for up to a week, and make almost anything taste better. Genius.
—Cool Mom Picks
Along with pantry-stocking tips, weekly meal-planning guides, and essential tool checklists, they share recipes, which are, with no surprise because of the title of the book, keepers. These recipes are trusted family and personal recipes, infused with years of experience working in the culinary industry — and later the motherhood industry, too. They’re not just delicious, but they’re also tested and proved to be easy and indispensable dishes for you to add to your recipe box, making them perfect for a weeknight meal.
—The Daily Meal
KEEPERS joins THE BALTHAZAR COOKBOOK on the agency list as a winner. Published by Clarkson Potter in 2003, the book of magnificent classes brasserie recipes from Keith McNally, Riad Nasr, and Lee Hanson’s celebrated restaurant won three awards in 2004: the IACP Award Winner for Design Award; the IACP Award Nominee for First Book: Julia Child Award; and the James Beard Award Nominee for Cooking from a Professional Point of View.