People, May 12, 1980

Too many cooks make judging difficult when the time comes to hand out annual Tastemaker awards for the best U.S. cookbook. This year, after sifting through 92 entries, the judges pared the list to a prestigious few, including Food Writers Craig Claiborne and James Beard, as well as Jacques Pépin, 44, onetime chef for Charles de Gaulle. Pépin's book, La Methode, won the grand prize. Gathering to receive their awards, the three pitched into a mélange of asparagus, zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, eggs and rack of baby lamb. What was it such eminent...

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