On Friday, my book, Microfarming for Profit: From Garden to Glory, won “Best Business Book” at the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. The trophy pictured above is now next to my computer, reminding me of my history with book award competitions. It started in 1999, when The Chile Pepper Encyclopedia won “Best Spice Book in English” at the World Cookbook Awards at Versailles. This was a big surprise because my publisher, Willian Morrow & Co., never told me they had entered it. In 2000, I was a finalist in the James Beard Awards, for A World of Curries. Mary Jane and I flew to New York City for the Awards Banquet, sitting with my editor, Jennifer Josephy at the same table. I thought the fact that Martha Stewart was sitting at the table next to us would give me luck, but alas, I lost. I was proud to be a finalist in the 2006 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Awards, for The Spicy Food Lover’s Bible. Again I lost. So I went local.