The James Beard Foundation held its annual media awards ceremony on Wednesday (virtually, of course). Among this year’s book winners were Toni Tipton-Martin for “Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking,” Vicky Bennison for her cookbook “Pasta Grannies,” and Josh Niland’s “The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think,” which took both Book of the Year and Best Book: Restaurant and Professional. Wine writer Jancis Robinson was inducted into the Cookbook Hall of Fame. 

Best ofAmazon's Best Cookbooks (& Other Food Books) of the Year...So FarIn broadcast, Netflix nabbed three total awards for “Rotten—The Avocado War,” the popular series “Chef’s Table,” and the ever-artful “Las Crónicas del Taco (Taco Chronicles).” “That’s My Jazz” (Breakwater) took the award for Best Documentary.  

Food journalism winners include New York Times critic Pete Wells who snagged the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award, while the L.A. Times’ Lucas Peterson brought home the trophy for Best Column. L.A. Taco, a popular indie eats guide, won the Emerging Voice Award, while the New Yorker won Best General Interest Food Reporting and Best Feature Reporting for “Value Meal” by staffer Tad Friend. 

Check out the full list below (with links to purchase the book winners), and keep an eye out for the chef, bartender, and restaurant awards to be “handed out” on Sept. 25, 2020. 

Books 

American
Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking
Toni Tipton-Martin
(Clarkson Potter)

Baking and Desserts
Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making
Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman
(Avery)

Beverage With Recipes
The NoMad Cocktail Book
Leo Robitschek
(Ten Speed Press)

Beverage Without Recipes
World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition
Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
(Mitchell Beazley)

General
Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook
Carla Lalli Music
(Clarkson Potter)

Health and Special Diets
Gluten-Free Baking at Home: 102 Foolproof Recipes for Delicious Breads, Cakes, Cookies, and More
Jeffrey Larsen
(Ten Speed Press)

International
Ethiopia: Recipes and Traditions From the Horn of Africa
Yohanis Gebreyesus with Jeff Koehler
(Interlink Publishing)

Photography
American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta
Eric Wolfinger
(Chronicle Books)

Reference, History, and Scholarship
The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration
Chris Smith
(Chelsea Green Publishing)

Restaurant and Professional
The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think
Josh Niland
(Hardie Grant Books)

Single Subject
Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy’s Best Home Cooks
Vicky Bennison
(Hardie Grant Books)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking
Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat With 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar
Amy Chaplin
(Artisan Books)

Writing
Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
Bren Smith
(Knopf)

Book of the Year
The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think
Josh Niland
(Hardie Grant Books)

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Jancis Robinson

Broadcast Media 

Audio Program
It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chili
Airs on: Audible

Audio Reporting
Gravy—Mahalia Jackson’s Glori-Fried Chicken
Reporter: Betsy Shepherd
Airs on: southernfoodways.org and iTunes

Documentary
That’s My Jazz
Airs on: Vimeo

Online Video, Fixed Location, and/or Instructional
Grace Young—Wok Therapist
Airs on: GraceYoung.com and YouTube

Online Video, on Location
Handmade — How Knives Are Made for New York’s Best Restaurants; How a Ceramics Master Makes Plates for Michelin-Starred Restaurants
Airs on: Eater and YouTube

Outstanding Personality/Host
Roy Choi
Broken Bread With Roy Choi
Airs on: Tastemade and KCET

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Pati’s Mexican Table—A Local’s Tour of Culiacán
Airs on: WETA; distributed nationally by American Public Television

Television Program, on Location
Las Crónicas del Taco (Taco Chronicles)—Canasta
Airs on: Netflix

Visual and Audio Technical Excellence
Chef’s Table
Adam Bricker, Chloe Weaver, and Will Basanta
Airs on: Netflix

Visual Reporting (on TV or Online)
Rotten—The Avocado War
Reporters: Christine Haughney, Erin Cauchi, and Gretchen Goetz
Airs on: Netflix 

Journalism 

Columns
Power Rankings: “The Official Fast Food French Fry Power Rankings,” “The Official Spicy Snack Power Rankings,” “The Official Domestic Beer Power Rankings”
Lucas Kwan Peterson
Los Angeles Times

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
“Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters,” “The 20 Most Delicious Things at Mercado Little Spain,” “Benno, Proudly Out of Step With the Age”
Pete Wells
The New York Times

Dining and Travel
“In Pursuit of the Perfect Pizza”
Matt Goulding
Airbnb Magazine

Feature Reporting
“Value Meal”
Tad Friend
The New Yorker

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication
The New Yorker

Foodways
“A Real Hot Mess: How Grits Got Weaponized Against Cheating Men”
Cynthia R. Greenlee
Munchies / Food by VICE

Health and Wellness
“How Washington Keeps America Sick and Fat,” “Meet the Silicon Valley Investor Who Wants
Washington to Figure Out What You Should Eat”
Catherine Boudreau and Helena Bottemiller Evich
Politico

Home Cooking
“Fry Time”
Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Saveur

Innovative Storytelling
“Food and Loathing on the Campaign Trail”
Gary He, Matt Buchanan, and Meghan McCarron
Eater

Investigative Reporting
“‘The Man Who Attacked Me Works in Your Kitchen’: Victim of Serial Groper Took Justice Into Her Own Hands”
Amy Brittain and Maura Judkis
The Washington Post

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award
“In Search of Hot Beef,” “Chef Jack Riebel Is in the Fight of His Life,” “Harry Singh on the Perfect Roti, Trinidad, and Life in the Kitchen”
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“My Mother’s Catfish Stew”
John T. Edge
Oxford American

Personal Essay, Long Form
“The Dysfunction of Food”
Kim Foster
Kim-Foster.com

Personal Essay, Short Form
“For 20 Years, happy hour has seen us through work—and life”
Carrie Allan
The Washington Post

Profile
“The Provocations of Chef Tunde Wey”
Brett Martin
GQ magazine

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“Seltzer Is Over. Mineral Water Is Forever.”
Jordan Michelman
Punch

Emerging Voice Award
L.A. Taco

Header image courtesy of James Beard Foundation.

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