Congratulations to New York-based blogger Julie Powell whose book, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, has just been nominated for two Quill Book Awards. The book – based on the online diary that Powell wrote, documenting her attempts to cook her way through Julia Child‘s Mastering the Art of French Cooking – is in competition in both the Debut Author of the Year and the Cooking categories.
Strangely enough, one of her fellow shortlisted authors in the Cooking section is none other than Julia Child (with Alex Prud’homme) for her memoir, My Life In France. Other nominees in that category are the much-hyped Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by The New Yorker’s Bill Buford; home cooking from the Food Network‘s Rachael Ray in 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners; and last year’s default Christmas present for the cook in your life, Italian cookbook bible The Silver Spoon.
These awards are chosen by the public so you can vote for your favourite nominees at www.quillsvote.com and the winners will be announced on 10 October. Go Julie!