Stone Edge Farm Culinary Director John McReynolds won two major awards Sunday as the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) announced its book awards Sunday in Chicago.
McReynolds seemed quite surprised when his “Stone Edge Farm Cookbook” won the Julia Child First Book Award and then topped it off by winning the association’s all around Cookbook of the Year Award.
Jill Hunting, a former Sonoma resident who now lives in Pasadena and is a longtime member of IACP, served as editor of McReynolds’ book and nominated it for the awards. She also said she had helped McReynolds with two previous book proposals that went nowhere, as often happens.
So along came self-publishing of sorts, with the substantial backing of Mac McQuown who owns Stone Edge Farm and who also generously supports Sonoma’s middle school gardens.
As McReynolds explained at Readers’ Books and at his most recent Ramekins class, “McQuown wanted a book done and so I had to write it.” McQuown efficiently hired an excellent team, including Dan Gustafson as project manager, Hunting as editor, Fairfax designer Jennifer Barry, and photographer Leslie Sophia Lindell.