FRP Clients Win Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards

Cookbook publishing service provider Favorite Recipes Press has announced that the McIlhenny Tabasco Company has honored five of their clients with outstanding community cookbook awards for 2003. This marks the tenth consecutive year that FRP clients have been recognized. The McIlhenny Tabasco Cookbook Awards were established in 1990 to recognize the role cookbooks play in chronicling and preserving local culinary traditions.

National Second Place Winner is Provisions & Politics, published by the James K. Polk Memorial Association in Columbia, Tennessee. This cookbook offers a mix of tempting food ideas and vignettes about the Polks’ political life in Tennessee and the nation’s capital, as well as menus much like those that First Lady Sarah Childress Polk may have served. All proceeds from the cookbook go directly to the preservation of the James K. Polk Ancestral Home. Copies of Provisions & Politics can be ordered by calling the James K. Polk Ancestral Home at 931-388-2354 or on-line at

The Southwest Regional Winner is MariThyme Treasures published by the Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport, Texas. This flavorful cookbook has an emphasis on seafood and game, popular in the Rockport area. MariThyme Treasures contains recipes from former First Ladies Barbara Bush and Lady Bird Johnson, along with recipes from several popular area restaurants. Proceeds from the sale of MariThyme Treasures will help to fund the mission of the Texas Maritime Museum. Cookbooks can be ordered by calling 361-729-1271 or on-line at

The South Regional Winner is Celebrate Highlands, published by the Laurel Garden Club in Highlands, North Carolina. As the back cover touts - “This cookbook couldn’t stop with recipes -- or even with menus.” Celebrate Highlands is filled with regional culinary favorites, social customs, and geographical highlights of the Highlands Plateau Area. Proceeds from Celebrate Highlands fund the protection and conservation of Highland’s natural resources, as well as the Highlands Botanical/Nature Center. Cookbooks can be ordered by calling 828-526-8134.

The West Regional Winner is Savor Santa Barbara: Waterfront to Wine Country from the Assistance League of Santa Barbara. This rich collection of recipes is complemented by picturesque scenes of Santa Barbara. Sprinkled throughout the book are wine pairing recommendations along with food and area-related sidebars. Proceeds from the sale of Savor Santa Barbara will help the Assistance League of Santa Barbara fund community projects. The book can be ordered by calling the Assistance League at 1-877-687-0204 or on-line at

The Kansas City Barbeque Cookbook published by the Kansas City Barbeque Society in Kansas City, Missouri has been inducted into the Walter S. McIlhenny Hall of Fame. This popular cookbook, filled with “what’s hot in Barbeque”, was a second place winner of the National Tabasco Community Cookbook Award in 1996. It can be ordered by calling 1-800-963-5227 or on-line at The Walter S. McIlhenny Hall of Fame was created to honor community cookbooks which have sold over 100,000 copies.

Members of the judging panel for the McIlhenny Tabasco Cookbook Awards were: Jan Turner Hazard, former food editor of Ladies’ Home Journal; William Rice, food and wine columnist for the Chicago Tribune; Jan Longone, curator of the Wine and Food Library; Pam Hoenig, cookbook editor, Harvard Common Press; Ann Harvey, freelance editorial food consultant; Peggy Katalinich, food director at Family Circle; and Lee Dean, food editor at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.