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IPPY Semi-Finalist on the River Road
June 1, 2005
Chosen from more than two thousand entries, River Road Recipes IV: Warm Welcomes was one of only eleven cookbooks to be designated a semi-finalist in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). The Junior League of Baton Rouge has published the highly successful series of River Roads cookbooks since 1959. These books are the number-one bestselling community cookbook series in the United States, and together, the four books in the series have allowed the League to contribute $2.8 million to charitable and educational projects in the Baton Rouge community.

The first, River Road Recipes, is considered by many to be the textbook of Creole cuisine. Currently in its seventieth printing, this classic has earned praise for generations. Forty-three years after it was published, the New York Times continued to applaud what has become a treasured gift to new cooks. “If there were community cookbook Academy Awards, the Oscar for the best performance would go hands down to River Road Recipes.” The cookbook has sold more than 1.8 million copies.

River Road Recipes II: A Second Helping followed the classic lines of the first and included more recipes no cook interested in Creole cooking should be without. The Baton Rouge Junior League welcomed changing attitudes toward food and cookbooks with River Road Recipes III: A Healthy Collection. First published in 1994, this first River Roads book to include color photographs is in its sixth printing. There are more than 100, 000 copies in print.

River Road Recipes IV: Warm Welcomes is the League’s first coffee table-style cookbook. Published last October, it includes forty-eight menus for entertaining and dozens of photographs to inspire and accent festive décor.

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