We Won a Gourmand Award!
At last week’s Paris Cookbook Fair, the annual Gourmand Awards feted cookbooks from around the world. The awards cover a vast array of categories, from books by chefs to first books to photography and design. Among the winners were the Japanese cookbook Gion Sasaki, Hiroshi Sasaki by Mami Nagasue (Nagasue Books), which won a best chef cookbook award, and Pippa’s Festa by Pippa Matei of Malta (Miranda), which won an entertaining award. Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet--which will be released March 13--was inducted into Gourmand's Hall of Fame. And, we’re proud to note, Cooking the Books took home the award for best book trade magazine, a prize that has gone to France’s Livres Hebdo and Germany’s Buchreport in years past. A full list of winners is available on the Fair's website.

Taylor on NYU’s Culinary Collection

Slashfood talked to Marvin Taylor, director of The Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University, which just added 3,500 cookbooks from Gourmet to its Food Studies Collection. The collection has more volumes than any of other,some 55,000 volumes and counting. It includes 5,000 pamphlets; restaurant menus, matchbooks, announcements, and other ephemera, not to mention Cooking for Orgies and Other Large Parties.

Judge Says Seinfeld Can Mock Lapine

Last week, state Justice Marcy Friedman threw out a lawsuit by Missy Chase Lapine, author of The Sneaky Chef, who accused Jerry Seinfeld of hurting her reputation by mocking her on national television. Friedman said it was clear Seinfeld was joking when he called Lapine a "wacko" during an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2007.