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Over the weekend the James Beard Media Awards were handed out at a ceremony in New York City, hosted by Tyra Banks, where the top brass in cookbooks, broadcast, print, and digital food journalism were honored for their works in 2018. A few notable recipients included the late Anthony Bourdain, Fatima Ali, and Jonathan Gold, who all posthumously won awards in respective journalism categories, while Geraldine DeRuiter won best personal essay for the very firey and funny piece, “I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter”.

In cookbooks, “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights” by Christopher Kimball took the best general category, while “Cocktail Codex,” penned by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, was named book of the year. The New York Times nabbed publication of the year with New York Magazine—led by Robin Raisfield and team—taking home the trophy for food coverage in a general interest publication.

See the full list of nominees and winners below (winners in bold with asterisk) and look out for our recap of the James Beard Restaurant and Chef awards, which will be given out at a separate ceremony in New York on Monday, May 6th.

2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

A Common Table: 80 Recipes and Stories from My Shared Cultures
Cynthia Chen McTernan

Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day
JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls with Veronica Chambers
(Flatiron Books)

* “Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking
Albert G. Lukas and Jessica B. Harris
(Smithsonian Books)

Sweet Home Café Cookbook, $19.46 on Amazon

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Baking and Desserts

Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing
Jerrelle Guy
(Page Street Publishing Co.)

Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies
Cathy Barrow
(Grand Central Publishing)

* “SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East
Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
(Hardie Grant Books)

SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East, $25.47 on Amazon

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Apéritif: Cocktail Hour the French Way
Rebekah Peppler
(Clarkson Potter)

The Aviary Cocktail Book
Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Micah Melton, Allen Hemberger, and Sarah Hemberger
(The Alinea Group)

Cocktail Codex
Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, with Devon Tarby
(Ten Speed Press)

* Wine Folly: Magnum Edition
Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide, $22.48 on Amazon

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Everyday Dorie
Dorie Greenspan
(Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Ottolenghi Simple
Yotam Ottolenghi
(Ten Speed Press)

* “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights
Christopher Kimball
(Little, Brown and Company)

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights, $23.79 on Amazon

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Health and Special Diets

The Complete Diabetes Cookbook
Editors at America’s Test Kitchen
(America’s Test Kitchen)

More with Less
Jodi Moreno
(Roost Books)

* “Eat a Little Better
Sam Kass
(Clarkson Potter)

Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World, $20.50 on Amazon

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The Food of Northern Thailand
Austin Bush
(Clarkson Potter)

I Am a Filipino
Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad
(Artisan Books)

* “Feast: Food of the Islamic World
Anissa Helou

Feast: Food of the Islamic World, $32.94 on Amaon

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Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food
Nik Sharma
(Chronicle Books)

Wild: Adventure Cookbook
Luisa Brimble
(Prestel Publishing)

* “Tokyo New Wave
Andrea Fazzari
(Ten Speed Press)

Tokyo New Wave, $27.17 on Amazon

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Reference, History, and Scholarship

Catfish Dream: Ed Scott’s Fight for His Family Farm and Racial Justice in the Mississippi Delta
Julian Rankin
(University of Georgia Press)

Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture
Justin Nystrom
(University of Georgia Press)

* “Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry
Anna Zeide
(University of California Press)

Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry, $19.05 on Amazon

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Restaurant and Professional

From the Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables
Peter Gilmore
(Hardie Grant Books)

Rich Table
Evan Rich and Sarah Rich
(Chronicle Books)

* “Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong
Matt Abergel
(Phaidon Press)

Chicken and Charcoal, $25.44 on Amazon

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Single Subject

Bread & Butter: History, Culture, Recipes
Richard Snapes, Grant Harrington, and Eve Hemingway
(Quadrille Publishing)

Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces
Bill Kim with Chandra Ram
(Ten Speed Press)

* “Goat: Cooking and Eating
James Whetlor
(Quadrille Publishing)

Goat: Cooking and Eating, $20.39 on Amazon

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Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta: A Vegetarian Cookbook, Kind Of
Cal Peternell
(William Morrow Cookbooks)

Vegetarian Viet Nam
Cameron Stauch
(W. W. Norton & Company)

* “Saladish
Ilene Rosen
(Artisan Books)

Saladish, $14.10 on Amazon

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Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way We Eat
Jonathan Kauffman
(William Morrow)

Pasta, Pane, Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy’s Food Culture
Matt Goulding
(Harper Wave/Anthony Bourdain)

* “Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
Edward Lee
(Artisan Books)

Buttermilk Graffiti, $9.18 on Amazon

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Book of the Year 

* “Cocktail Codex
Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, with Devon Tarby
(Ten Speed Press)

Cocktail Codex: Fundamentals, Formulas, Evolutions, $25.47 on Amazon

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2019 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards


Chef Flynn
Airs on: Hulu, iTunes, and YouTube

Airs on: LA Film Festival and Tastemade

* “Modified
Airs on: Film festivals and Vimeo

Online Video, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

“Handcrafted” – “How to Make Handmade Soba Noodles”
Airs on: Bon Appétit

“Mad Genius” – “Crispy Cheese Sticks;” “Waffled Okonomiyaki;” and “Puff Pastry”
Airs on: Food & Wine, YouTube, and Facebook

“MasterClass” – “Dominique Ansel Teaches French Pastry Fundamentals”
Airs on: MasterClass

Online Video, on Location

“Kitchen Unnecessary” – “Fire Morels”
Airs on: YouTube, Facebook

“NPR Foraging” – “Eating Wild Sea Creatures;” “You Can Eat Dandelions;” and “The Hunt for Morels”
Airs on: NPR

* “First We Feast’s Food Skills” – “Mozzarella Kings of New York”
Airs on: YouTube

Outstanding Personality

Samin Nosrat
“Salt Fat Acid Heat”
Airs on: Netflix

Molly Yeh
“Girl Meets Farm”
Airs on: Food Network

* Marcus Samuelsson
“No Passport Required”
Airs on: PBS

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Outstanding Reporting

“In Real Life” – “Why You MUST Try Native American Cuisine”
Reporter: Yara Elmjouie
Airs on: YouTube, AJ+

“The Sporkful” – “Yewande Finds Her Super Power”
Reporter: Dan Pashman
Airs on: Stitcher

* “Deep Dive and Food for Thought, 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics”
Reporter: David Chang
Airs on: NBC, NBCSN


“The Feed” – “Paletas and Other Icy Treats”
Airs on: PodcastOne

“Racist Sandwich” – “Erasing Black Barbecue”
Airs on: iTunes, Racist Sandwich, and Stitcher

* “Copper & Heat” – “Be a Girl”
Airs on: Copper & Heat, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher

Radio Show

“California Foodways” – “Providing a Taste of Oaxaca to Central Valley;” “Can Ag and Wildlife Co-Exist? Rice Farmers Think So;” and “Frozen Burrito Royalty in the Central Valley”
Airs on: KQED, California Foodways

“KCRW’s Good Food” – “Remembering Jonathan Gold”
Airs on: KCRW

* “The Food Chain” – “Raw Grief” and “Widowed”
Airs on: BBC World Service

Special (on TV or Online)

“Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown” – “Little Los Angeles”
Airs on: CNN, Explore Parts Unknown, Roads & Kingdoms

“Taste Buds” – “Chefsgiving”
Airs on: ABC

* “Spencer’s BIG Holiday”
Airs on: Gusto

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

“Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro” – “Mary Poppins Show”
Airs on: Food Network

“Good Eats: Reloaded” – “Steak Your Claim”
Airs on: Cooking Channel

* “Pati’s Mexican Table” – “Tijuana: Stories from the Border”
Airs on: WETA Washington; Distributed Nationally by American Public Television

Television Program, on Location

“The Migrant Kitchen” – “Man’oushe”
Airs on: KCET and Link TV

“Ugly Delicious” – “Fried Chicken”
Airs on: Netflix

* “Salt Fat Acid Heat” – “Salt”
Airs on: Netflix

Visual and Technical Excellence

“Chef’s Table”
Will Basanta, Adam Bricker, and Danny O’Malley
Airs on: Netflix

“From The Wild” – Season 4
Kevin Kossowan
Airs on: Vimeo

* “Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown”
Sarah Hagey, August Thurmer, and Kate Kunath
Airs on: CNN, Explore Parts Unknown, Roads & Kingdoms

2019 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards


America’s Best Worst Cook: “Hi, I’m America’s Best Worst Cook”; “Dear Chefs, Will Eating This Kill Me?” and “How to Roast a Chicken? The Answers Are Horrifying.”
JJ Goode

Local Fare: “The Question of Dinner”; “Dixie Vodka”; and “Folk Witness”
John T. Edge
Oxford American

* What We Talk About When We Talk About American Food: “The Pickled Cucumbers That Survived the 1980s AIDS Epidemic”; “A Second Look at the Tuna Sandwich’s All-American History”; and “Freedom and Borscht for Ukrainian-Jewish Émigrés”
Mari Uyehara

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Bill Addison
Eater – “The Fire Gods of Washington, D.C.”; “David Chang’s Majordomo Is No Minor Feat”; and “North America’s Best Cantonese Food Is in Canada”

Pete Wells
The New York Times – “The Four Seasons Returns. But Can It Come Back?” “Why David Chang Matters”; and “A Celebration of Black Southern Food, at JuneBaby in Seattle”

* Jonathan Gold
Los Angeles Times – Counter Intelligence: “The Hearth & Hound, April Bloomfield’s New Los Angeles Restaurant, Is Nothing Like a Gastropub”; “There’s Crocodile and Hog Stomach, but Jonathan Gold Is All About the Crusty Rice at Nature Pagoda”; and “At Middle Eastern Restaurants, It All Starts with Hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel’s Is Magnificent”

Dining and Travel

Chau Down: “A New Orleans Food Diary”; “A Portland Food Diary”; and “A Chicago Food Diary”
Danny Chau
The Ringer

“Dim Sum Is Dead, Long Live Dim Sum”
Max Falkowitz
Airbnb Magazine

* “Many Chinas, Many Tables”
Jonathan Kauffman and Team
San Francisco Chronicle

Feature Reporting

“Big in Japan”
Tejal Rao
The New York Times Magazine

“Shell Game: Saving Florida’s Oysters Could Mean Killing a Way of Life”
Laura Reiley and Eve Edelheit
Tampa Bay Times

* “A Kingdom from Dust”
Mark Arax
The California Sunday Magazine

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication

Roads & Kingdoms
Nathan Thornburgh, Matt Goulding, Anup Kaphle, and the Roads & Kingdoms Team

T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Kurt Soller, Hanya Yanagihara, and the Staff of T Magazine

* New York Magazine
Robin Raisfeld, Rob Patronite, Maggie Bullock, and the Staff of New York Magazine


“Back to Where It All Began: I Had Never Eaten in Ghana Before. But My Ancestors Had.”
Michael W. Twitty
Bon Appétit

What is Northern Food?
Steve Hoffman
Artful Living

* “A Hunger for Tomatoes”
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

Health and Wellness

The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right” and “The Last Conversation You’ll Need to Have on Eating Right: The Follow-ups
Mark Bittman and David L. Katz
New York Magazine / Grub Street

“‘White People Food’ Is Creating An Unattainable Picture Of Health
Kristen Aiken

* “Clean Label’s Dirty Little Secret”
Nadia Berenstein
The New Food Economy

Home Cooking

Melissa Clark’s Thanksgiving
Melissa Clark
The New York Times

Top Secret Ingredients
Kathleen Purvis
Garden & Gun

* “The Subtle Thrills of Cold Chicken Salad”
Cathy Erway

Innovative Storytelling

100 Most Jewish Foods
Alana Newhouse, Gabriella Gershenson, and Stephanie Butnick
Tablet Magazine

What’s in a Food Truck?
Bonnie Berkowitz, Seth Blanchard, Aaron Steckelberg, and Monica Ulmanu
The Washington Post

* “In Search of Water-Boiled Fish
Angie Wang

Investigative Reporting

“‘It’s Not Fair, Not Right’: How America Treats Its Black Farmers
Debbie Weingarten and Audra Mulkern
The Guardian and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project

Victims Blame FDA for Food-Recall Failures
Christine Haughney Dare-Bryan

* “A Killing Season
Boyce Upholt
The New Republic

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award

“Storied Ovens”; “Food Outside the U.S. Open Gates”; and “A New Destination for Chinese Food: Not Flushing, but Forest Hills”
Max Falkowitz
The New York Times; Plate Magazine

“My Dinner at the Playboy Club”; “Curry and Roti Destination Singh’s Lights Up Queens”; and “Where New Yorkers Actually Eat in Times Square”
Robert Sietsema
Eater NY

* “Yes Indeed, Lord: Queen’s Cuisine, Where Everything Comes from the Heart”; “Top 10 New Orleans Restaurants for 2019”; and “Sexual Harassment Allegations Preceded Sucré Co-Founder Tariq Hanna’s Departure”
Brett Anderson | The Times-Picayune

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

A Kingdom from Dust
Mark Arax
The California Sunday Magazine

The Poet’s Table
Mayukh Sen
Poetry Foundation

* “What Is Northern Food?
Steve Hoffman
Artful Living

Personal Essay, Long Form

Need to Find Me? Ask My Ham Man
Catherine Down
The New York Times

Writing an Iranian Cookbook in an Age of Anxiety
Naz Deravian
The Atlantic

* “I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter
Geraldine DeRuiter

Personal Essay, Short Form

Doritos is Developing Lady-Friendly Chips Because You Should Never Hear a Woman Crunch
Maura Judkis
The Washington Post

Savoring the School Lunch
Rebekah Denn
The Seattle Times

* “I’m a Chef with Terminal Cancer. This Is What I’m Doing with the Time I Have Left
Fatima Ali
Bon Appétit


Heaven Was a Place in Harlem
Vince Dixon

“‘You Died’: The Resurrection of a Cook in the Heart of SF’s Demanding Culinary Scene
Jonathan Kauffman
San Francisco Chronicle

* “The Short and Brilliant Life of Ernest Matthew Mickler
Michael Adno
The Bitter Southerner

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

The Gulp War
Dave Stroup

Why Is the Wine World So Un-Woke?
Jon Bonné

* “‘Welch’s Grape Jelly with Alcohol’: How Trump’s Horrific Wine Became the Ultimate Metaphor for His Presidency
Corby Kummer
Vanity Fair

Publication of the Year 

* The New York Times

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