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Meadowood’s Kostow wins top cookbook honors

Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow in the kitchen at the Meadwood restaurant in St. Helena on Sept. 1, 2010. The chef’s debut cookbook was named Cookbook of the Year for 2014.
Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow in the kitchen at the Meadwood restaurant in St. Helena on Sept. 1, 2010. The chef’s debut cookbook was named Cookbook of the Year for 2014. aalfaro@sacbee.com

In print, his recipes turn heads, too.

Chef Christopher Kostow, famous for his food at the three-Michelin-starred The Restaurant at Meadowood near St. Helena, has won The International Association of Culinary Professionals’ “Cookbook of the Year” award for his debut work, “A New Napa Cuisine” (Ten Speed Press, 296 pages, $50).

Featuring more than 100 recipes, “A New Napa Cuisine” goes beyond the food to feature “the hidden landscapes of Napa Valley, that have influenced and inspired Kostow’s unparalleled cuisine,” according to Ten Speed Press. Kostow’s book also won top honors in the contest’s “Global Design” category. Winners were announced Sunday at IACP’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The Cookbook of the Year award also noted the team behind “A New Napa Cuisine,” including photographers Taylor Peden and Jen Munkvold and graphic artists Sarah Gephart and Luise Stauss. The book was edited by Julie Bennett of Ten Speed Press.

Wall Street Journal recently labeled The Restaurant at Meadowood a “world class culinary splurge” and “temple of modern American cuisine.” This is what The Sacramento Bee wrote about Kostow’s kitchen magic:

“Far less known than many heralded dining destinations in Northern California, the Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena is offering one of the finest culinary experiences imaginable, featuring cuisine that is both inventive and exacting.”

In all, the IACP honored two dozen cookbooks including some from familiar names (such as Rose Levy Beranbaum’s “The Baking Bible”) and some not so familiar (such as Sean Brock’s “Heritage,” winner of the Julia Child First Cookbook award). For a full list of winners, click here.

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

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