Three cookbooks written by celebrated chefs are finalists in the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards. The California Table Grape Commission sponsors the award honoring the best cookbook by a chef or restaurant.

This year's finalists for the category are written by chefs representing some of the finest restaurants in the country: Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich; Mustard's Grill Napa Valley Cookbook, by Cindy Pawlcyn; Second Helpings from the Union Square Café, by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano.

“Fresh grapes from California are well-known as a delicious and healthy snack, but they are also a versatile ingredient,” said Jim Howard, director of communications for the California Table Grape Commission. “It is the world-class chefs and restaurants, whose books compete in this category, that lead the way in the innovative use of fresh grapes.”

California's table grape farmers are pleased to partner with the IACP for their annual cookbook awards.”

The IACP awards have recognized excellence in food and beverage writing for over 35 years. The 2002 IACP Awards honor the best new cookbooks in 11 categories. An independent panel of 30 food and beverage professionals judged the entries.