Atlanta chef Todd Richards wins major cookbook award

Todd Richards
Todd Richards

‘Soul’ recognized as Best American Cookbook

Atlanta chef Todd Richards took home a big honor this weekend for his debut cookbook.

"Soul: A Chef's Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes" won a 2019 International Association of Culinary Professionals award for Best American Cookbook over the weekend. Released last year, the book explores Richards' personal journey told through food.

Richards addressed the win in a post on his Instagram account:

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Always imagined but now a reality!!! Incredibly thankful and and humbled by this award for #Soul There is no particular order in this thank you! Writing this as traveling to the stars! Thank you to @thelisaekusgroup & @brewedtoserve for the unbridled belief in #soul Thank you @sidmemphis taking the most lottery winning chance Editor and braintrust @katherinecobbs & @shaunchavis The best damn PR team of @idlewild_south @kourtneywithak21 @dgrace201 Tour sponsors of @smfchicken @catheadvodka @rossmerriman @ansonmills @lodgecastiron To @theleebros @johntedge @soulfoodscholar @hseanbrock I’m forever grateful that you took the time to write the words you shared! @foodculturist all I can say is WOW!!! Thank you to all the chefs & restaurants that allowed the tour to continue. There so many of you that IG won’t let me add anymore!!!! To all the chefs cooks that have worked with me. A lot of this is because of your work that allowed me to stay up all night writing #soul @gumbohq your tireless support!!! #omg #familyforever #neverfinally Thank you to all my family. Our history is forever cemented in the world. To the world.... #soul and #soulfood is a cuisine; which commands not only the respect of all, but gratitude to its contribution to the delicious landscape of, beverage and hospitality... My wife @melissa___richards Truly wonderful ❤️❤️❤️❤️ @itcanbesosimple SISTER!!!! @richardssouthernfried @chicken_beeratl @oneflewsouthatl

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Richards, who owns and operates Richards' Southern Fried in Krog Street Market, has worked for numerous hotels and restaurants including the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails. He has also partnered and consulted on airport concepts One Flew South and Chicken + Beer, as well as The Pig and The Pearl at Atlantic Station and, most recently, City Pharmacy in Covington. He's working on opening a barbecue restaurant in the Westview neighborhood this year. 

Nathalie Dupree, another honoree with Atlanta ties, received a Lifetime Achievement award from the IACP. The southern food authority operated Rich's Cooking School in Atlanta for 10 years.

Other notable honorees include Christopher Kimball in the general category for his "Milk Street: Tuesday Nights"; Marti Buckley in the international category for "Basque Country: A Culinary Journey Through a Food Lover's Paradise"; and Alba Huerta in the wine, beer or spirits category for "Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned."

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