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Rachael Ray Tries to Make It 2-for-2 at the Quill Awards
Tuesday, August 22, 2006 | posted by Mike

The Quill AwardThe nominees for the second annual Quill Awards, which were created and are sponsored by the folks at Publisher’s Weekly, NBC and a couple of other outlets (according to the Wikipedia entry). The awards were designed to raise awareness of literacy and “pair a populist sensibility with Hollywood-style glitz and have become the first literary prizes to reflect the tastes of the group that matters most in publishing-readers.” I think that means they’re a cross between the PEN Awards and the People’s Choice Awards. But, hey…anything that encourages reading!

As I said, Rachael Ray is up for this year’s Cooking entry for Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners. Ray-Ray took home the coveted “crystal-stylized-feather-thingy” at last year’s event for Rachel Ray's 30-Minute Get Real Meals: Eat Healthy Without Going to Extremes. There is no truth to the rumor that the award is simply given to the book with the longest title.

Based upon her popularity, I wouldn't be shocked to see a repeat winner. However, Rachael does face competition from some food TV heavy hitters this year. Also nominated is Heat by Bill Buford, which recounts the author’s time under Mario Batali’s tutelage and My Life in France by Patron Saint of Food TV® Julia Child (and completed by her grandnephew, Alex Prud’Homme).
If you have a strong feeling about any of those books, you can go ahead and vote for the winner at www.QuillsVote.com. Voting runs through September 30th and the winners will be announced on October 10th, with the awards ceremony aired on NBC on October 28th.



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