I'm so excited to see that "New American Table" has been nominated as a Best American Cookbook finalist for the 2010 International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards. Congratulations to my fellow nominees, David Guas and Raquel Pelzel of "DamGoodSweet," John Besh of "My New Orleans: The Cookbook," and Donald Link and Paula Disbrowe of "Real Cajun." I would also like to thank Heidi Walters for her help in co-writing "New American Table," and Paul Brissman for his stunning photography. Their help was invaluable. I look forward to attending the Gala Awards ceremony on April 22nd in Portland.