Reader’s Sula, WBEZ’s Barrett Win at James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards


Big congratulations to two of the four Chicago nominees at this year’s James Beard Foundation book and journalism awards, held Friday night in New York City. Mike Sula of the Chicago Reader won the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award, fittingly named for the author of How To Cook a Wolf, for “Chicken of the Trees,” his epic account of squirrel hunting and eating in and around the Chicago area. This was Sula’s first win after two previous nominations, and the Reader’s third Beard win in five years, a real tribute to him and them as one of the last remaining practitioners of that kind of longform, quirkily personal magazine journalism, among other things, on the Chicago food scene. A prize also went to WBEZ’s Nina Barrett, who won for the second year in a row in the radio category for her series “Fear of Frying,” which can be heard here. The chef and restaurant awards will be tonight.