As Jeni makes her way back to Columbus this afternoon, everyone here at headquarters remains sky high about what happened this past Friday evening in New York City. That's when the James Beard Foundation honored Jeni's debut, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, top prize in the Cookbooks: Baking and Desserts category.
Since 1990, winning a James Beard Foundation Media Award has been America's most coveted honor for journalists, broadcast media, and authors writing about food and the culinary arts. The awards indeed are the Oscars of the food world, as Ladies' Home Journal put it.
"I like to say we make slow ice cream, and we wrote this book slowly, too,” said Britton Bauer during her acceptance speech. “It takes time to source the best ingredients and develop new flavors, so we wanted to take it slow and make sure this book featured only the best techniques and recipes we could create.”
With Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home (in its 6th printing since its June 2011 debut), Jeni sought to redefine the process of at-home ice cream making. As many of you already know, the user-friendly book instructs home cooks to produce creamy, scoop-shop quality ice cream.
Perhaps when Jeni returns she'll begin working on a follow-up? We'll all have to wait and see (and keep our fingers crossed).