Awards

Here Are the 2016 Winners of the James Beard Foundation’s Media Awards

The big prize.
The big prize.

The James Beard Foundation held its annual media awards Tuesday night, handing out medallions to winners in the book, broadcast, and journalism categories. Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking was named cookbook of the year; Netflix’s Chef’s Table, PBS’s I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, and Cooking Channel’s Extra Virgin were among the shows to take home awards; while Francis Lam, Tejal Rao, and Helen Rosner all grabbed journalism awards. Congrats to all of the winners.

Book Awards
American Cooking
The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook
Chris Fischer with Catherine Young
(Little, Brown and Company)
 
Baking and Dessert
Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More
Sarah Owens
(Roost Books)
 
Beverage
The Oxford Companion to Wine
Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding
(Oxford University Press)
 
Cooking From a Professional Point of View
NOPI: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
(Ten Speed Press)
 
Focus on Health
Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome
Virginia Willis
(Ten Speed Press)
 
General Cooking
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
J. Kenji López-Alt
(W. W. Norton & Company)
 
International
Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
 
Photography
Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel
Photographer: Heidi Swanson
(Ten Speed Press)
 
Reference and Scholarship
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks
Toni Tipton-Martin
(University of Texas Press)
 
Single Subject
A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood
Diana Henry
(Mitchell Beazley)
 
Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian
V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks
Michael Anthony
(Little, Brown and Company)
 
Writing and Literature
Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)
Marion Nestle
(Oxford University Press)
 
Book of the Year
Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
 
Cookbook Hall of Fame
Deborah Madison
 
Broadcast and New Media Awards
Documentary
The Starfish Throwers
Director: Jesse Roesler
Producers: Jesse Roesler and Melody Gilbert
Airs on: DirecTV Audience Network and iTunes
 
Outstanding Personality/Host
Host: Vivian Howard
A Chef’s Life
Airs on: PBS
 
Podcast
Gravy
Host: Tina Antolini
Producer: Tina Antolini 
Airs on: southernfoodways.org/gravy
 
Radio Show/Audio Webcast
The Food Chain: Chinatown
Host: Dan Saladino
Producers: Kent DePinto, Sarah Stolarz, and Dan Saladino
Airs on: NPR Stations/BBC World Service
 
Special
Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays
Host: Lidia Bastianich
Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Anne Adams, and Shelly Burgess Nicotra
Airs on: PBS
 
Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Extra Virgin
Hosts: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Producers: Gordon Elliott, Mark Schneider, Dan Connell, Sara Porter, Debi Mazar, and Gabriele Corcos
Airs on: Cooking Channel
 
Television Program, on Location
I’ll Have What Phil’s Having
Host: Phil Rosenthal
Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Phil Rosenthal, Richard Rosenthal, John Bedolis, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd, and David Beebe
Airs on: PBS
 
Television Segment
PBS NewsHour’s “Food4Thought”
Host: Allison Aubrey
Producer: Mary Beth Durkin
Airs on: PBS
 
Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional
Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond
Host: Raghavan Iyer
Producer: Jared Maher
Airs on: craftsy.com
 
Video Webcast, On Location
The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma
Producer: Elana Schulman
Airs on: munchies.vice.com
 
Visual and Technical Excellence
Chef’s Table
Directors: David Gelb, Clay Jeter, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried
Photographers: Will Basanta and Adam Bricker
Editors: Brad Grossman, J. Santos, Eric Freidenberg, Ravi Subramanian, Adrienne Gits, and Jesse Overman
Airs on: Netflix

Journalism Awards
Dining and Travel
“America’s Best Food Cities”
Tom Sietsema
The Washington Post
 
Food and Culture
“Straight-Up Passing”
John Birdsall
Jarry
 
Food and Health
“The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat”
Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky
Cooking Light
 
Food Blog
Lucky Peach
 
Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication
Los Angeles Magazine
Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza
 
Food-Related Columns
“Eat”
Francis Lam
The New York Times Magazine
 
Food Reporting
“Seafood From Slaves - An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century”
Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, and Robin McDowell
Associated Press
 
Home Cooking
“Cook Like a Pro!”
Adam Rapoport
Bon Appétit
 
Humor
@Freshcutgardenhose
Maryse Chevriere
Instagram
 
Personal Essay
“On Chicken Tenders”
Helen Rosner
Guernica
 
Profile
“Christiane Lauterbach: The Woman Who Ate Atlanta”
Wendell Brock
The Bitter Southerner
 
Visual Storytelling
“One Night: Kachka”
Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Jen Stevenson, Dina Avila, and McGraw Wolfman
Eater
 
Wine, Spirits, and other Beverages
“There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here’s Why.”
Dave Infante
Thrillist
 
Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
“A Health Food Restaurant So Cool It Will Have You Happily Eating Seeds,” “Revisiting Momofuku Ko, After the Revolution,” “Polo Bar Review: Ralph Lauren Corrals the Fashionable Herd”
Tejal Rao
Bloomberg Pursuits
 
MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“Pork Life”
Todd Kliman
Lucky Peach
 
Publication of the Year
Lucky Peach

2016 James Beard Media Award Winners