April 23, 2010
Hank Shaw nabs culinary award for food blog

Local food blogger Hank Shaw has a few reasons to celebrate today.

Shaw won an International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) award for best blog Thursday night at the organization's conference in Portland.

And in a little more than a week, he'll know whether he's coming home to Orangevale with a James Beard Foundation award for "Hunter Angler Gardener Cook."

Shaw said the IACP award took him by surprise because, well, he wasn't expecting to win.

"I had psyched myself up so hard to lose that thing that I was successful at not even thinking about the award until about an hour beforehand," he said in a phone interview from Portland.

Shaw was up against SF Weekly's John Birdsall, who writes "Sfoodie," and "Eating ...Our Words" by Robb Walsh, a Houston Press writer and legend in Texas food circles.

"I was a little shocked," he said.

In Shaw's pocket Thursday night were little stones his mother, who is very religious, had given him. The stones symbolize the ones that David slew Goliath with in the Bible.

"You can damn well be sure I'll be carrying them in a week," he said. Shaw's blog was nominated for a Beard award last year, but lost to Sunset magazine's food blog, "One-block Diet."

Shaw also is working on his first cookbook, "Honest Food: Finding the Forgotten Feast," which is being published by Rodale Books in 2011.

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