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If you're reading this blog, you probably have some fondness for food writers (and really, who doesn't? We're all such a cuddly bunch).

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UPDATED: International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards Finalists List Is Out

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If you're reading this blog, you probably have some fondness for food writers (and really, who doesn't? We're all such a cuddly bunch).

If you have some fondness for food writers, you can probably rattle off a list of your favorites off the top of your head--those who have moved you or infuriated you, made you hungry or taught you something about pancakes or flan that you never knew before.

And if you have a list of favorite food writers, you should really click on the IACP website to see the just-released full list of this year's finalists for their namesake awards.

There's not much in the way of local love on this year's roster (though fellow traveler Jonathan Gold from our sister paper, LA Weekly, does make the list for a piece he wrote for Saveur), but if you're looking for a book all about salt (Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes), for some advice on mastering cheese (Mastering Cheese), or a technical reference on making pudding look good on camera (Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera), this list of awards finalists is certainly a good place to start.

Oh, and if, like me, you're a fan of Barry Estabrook (formerly of Gourmet magazine), then you really should take a look at this year's list, because Barry, for being ostensibly unemployed, has apparently had a very good year.

My bad, everyone. Guess I spoke too soon when I said we had no locals on this list. Lisa Dupar (nominated in the American cookbook category for Fried Chicken & Champagne: A Romp Through the Kitchen at Pomegranate Bistro) is very much local. Pomegranate Bistro is right there in Redmond, of course, so (slightly) belated congrats to Dupar for making the short list.

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