Food & dining

Culinary award finalists named

Finalists for the International Association of Culinary Professionals awards were announced Monday and many have New England ties.

For a TV series, “Essential Pepin,’’ hosted by Jacques Pepin, is up against “Simply Ming,’’ hosted by Ming Tsai. Molly Stevens’s “All About Roasting,’’ is nominated under the general cookbook and single subject cookbook categories. In the general category, Pepin’s “Essential Pepin’’ book also has been nominated.

Barry Estabrook’s “Tomatoland’’ is in the “food matters’’ category with Didi Emmons’s “Wild Flavors.’’ “The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook’’ has been nominated in the compilations category, as has “Fine Cooking in Season,’’ from Fine Cooking magazine.

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The Julia Child Award nominations for first book include Maria Speck’s “Ancient Grains for Modern Meals,’’ and Amy Traverso’s “The Apple Lover’s Cookbook.’’ Traverso also was nominated in the American category. Speck is in two categories; her other nomination is in the health and special diet category.

Globe Food section contributor Lisa Yockelson was nominated in the baking category for “Baking Style.’’