The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook received two awards in the Fifth Annual Readable Feast Festival, billed as Boston’s biggest and most beloved cookbook festival celebrating local talent.
You can watch the virtual ceremony here, during which we accepted the following two awards:
New England Cookbook of the Year
Honorary Mention for Single Topic (in our case local farming)
According to its press release, The Readable Feast is a celebration of the best books and cookbooks each year written by New England authors on cooking, regional food, food history, memoir, beverage and spirits, sustainability, and social issues; or books written about New England culinary themes. The festival was developed by co-directors Louisa Kasdon, writer, food and community activist, and the founder of The Food Voice and Let’s Talk About Food LLC, and Annie B. Copps, chef, author, and culinary media personality of intellibelly.net
We were so honored to nominated in the company of illustrious cookbook authors, including another Berkshires-based writer, Darra Goldstein.
This year eight of the nine categories were determined by a juried committee of established experts on cookbooks and New England foodways (see below). The ninth award, The People’s Choice Award, was determined through online voting by cookbook fans across the region.
Alison Arnett: Freelance writer, and teacher at Harvard Extension
Sarah Blackburn: Managing Editor, Edible Boston
Megan Elias: Director, BU Gastronomy
Michael Floreak: Food writer
Peggy Grodinsky: Food + Source Editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
Barbara Haber: Food historian
Nancy Harmon Jenkins: Food writer
Sam Hayward: Chef, Fore Street, Portland, ME
Andrea Pyenson: Food writer and cookbook author
Adam Ried: ATK cast member and cookbook author
Lise Stern: Editor, Taste of the Seacoast, writer, and cookbook author
Amy Traverso: Senior Food Editor, Yankee Magazine/Co-host “Weekends with Yankee”
Catherine Walthers: Chef, cookbook author and food writer