The James Beard Foundation Announces 2015’s Media Awards Finalists


This morning, the James Beard Foundation announced its nominees for the Books, Broadcast & Journalism Awards — a long, comprehensive list of writers, critics, videographers, editors, and chef-authors. The finalists include Food Curated’s Liza de Guia, Julia Kramer of Bon Appétit, David Chang for GQ, Sean Brock, and Dorie Greenspan. Grub Street’s excited to be nominated for Group Food Blog, a category that also includes Food52 and First We Feast. (And, New York’s Food & Drink issue got a nod, too.) The awards show takes place on April 24, and unlike the Restaurant and Chef Awards, it’s staying in New York. Take a look at the complete lineup — and congratulations to all:

2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
American Cooking
Heritage, Sean Brock (Artisan)
The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes, Erin Byers Murray and Jeremy Sewall (Rizzoli New York)
Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State, Terry Thompson-Anderson, (University of Texas Press)

Baking and Dessert
Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, Dorie Greenspan (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Della Fattoria Bread: 63 Foolproof Recipes for Yeasted, Enriched & Naturally Leavened Breads, Kathleen Weber (Artisan)
Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours, Alice Medrich (Artisan)

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes, Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan (Ten Speed Press)
Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail, Dave Arnold (W. W. Norton & Company)
Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes, Talia Baiocchi (Ten Speed Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View
Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes, Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns (Chronicle Books)
Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, Massimo Bottura (Phaidon Press)
Relæ: A Book of Ideas, Christian F. Puglisi (Ten Speed Press)

Focus on Health
A Change of Appetite: Where Healthy Meets Delicious, Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley)
Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing, Keith Schroeder (Oxmoor House)
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, Henry Fong and Michelle Tam (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

General Cooking
The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking, Faith Durand and Sara Kate Gillingham (Clarkson Potter)
Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, Marcus Samuelsson (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook, The Editors of Saveur (Weldon Owen)

The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History, Ana Sofía Peláez (St. Martin’s Press)
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories, David Lebovitz (Ten Speed Press)
Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition, David Sterling (University of Texas Press)

In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World, Gabriele Galimberti (Clarkson Potter)
A New Napa Cuisine, Photographer: Jen Munkvold and Taylor Peden (Ten Speed Press)
Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes, Photographer: Ed Anderson (Ten Speed Press)

Reference and Scholarship
Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering, Adam Danforth (Storey Publishing)
Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet, Amy Bentley (University of California Press)
The Spice & Herb Bible (Third Edition), Ian and Kate Hemphill (Robert Rose)

Single Subject
Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes, Jennifer McLagan (Ten Speed Press)
Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, Jeffrey Weiss (Agate Surrey)
Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient, Michael Ruhlman (Little, Brown and Company)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian
At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well, Amy Chaplin (Roost Books)
Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi, Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press)
Vegetarian Dinner Parties: 150 Meatless Meals Good Enough to Serve to Company, Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein (Rodale Books)

Writing and Literature
The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, Ted Genoways (HarperCollins Publishers)
The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu, Dan Jurafsky (W. W. Norton & Company)
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, Dan Barber (Penguin Press)

2015 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

Eat This Podcast
Host: Jeremy Cherfas
Producer: Jeremy Cherfas
Airs on:

The Feed Podcast
Hosts: Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky
Producers: Matt Cunningham and Steve Dolinsky
Airs on:

Host: Tina Antolini
Producers: Tina Antolini and the Southern Foodways Alliance
Airs on:

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
All Things Considered’s “Found Recipes”
Host: Melissa Block, Audie Cornish, and Robert Siegel
Producers: Julia Redpath Buckley, Serri Graslie, and Melissa Gray
Airs on: NPR

Hidden Kitchens World
Hosts: The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)
Producer: The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)
Airs on: NPR

Quick Bites
Host: Vivian Goodman
Producer: Vivian Goodman
Airs on: WKSU

A Film About Coffee
Director: Brandon Loper
Producers: Dalia Burde and Brandon Loper
Airs on:

Food Chains
Host: Forest Whitaker
Producers: Hamilton Fish, Smriti Keshari, Eva Longoria, Sanjay Rawal, and Eric Schlosser
Airs: iTunes and Netflix

Hey Bartender
Host: Douglas Tirola
Producers: Susan Bedusa and Douglas Tirola
Airs on: Showtime

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction
Host: Bobby Flay
Producers: Bobby Flay and Kim Martin
Airs on: Food Network

Martha Stewart’s Cooking School
Host: Martha Stewart
Producers: Greta Anthony, Kimberly Miller Olko, Martha Stewart, Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk, and Lisa Wagner
Airs On: PBS

Sara’s Weeknight Meals
Host: Sara Moulton
Producers: Natalie Gustafson, Adrienne Hammel, and Sara Moulton
Airs on: PBS

Television Program, on Location
Bizarre Foods
Host: Andrew Zimmern
Producers: Andrew Zimmern and Tremendous Entertainment
Airs on: Travel Channel

A Chef’s Life
Host: Vivian Howard
Producers: Cynthia Hill, Vivian Howard, Ben Knight, Selena Lauterer, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and Rex Miller
Airs on: PBS

The Mind of a Chef
Host: Anthony Bourdain
Producers: ​Jared Andrukanis, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Caterini, Chris Collins, Michael Steed, and Lydia Tenaglia
Airs on: PBS

Television Segment
CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”
Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair
Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman
Airs on: CBS

The Hungry Hound
Host: Steve Dolinsky
Producer: Irit Nayden
Airs on: ABC 7 Chicago

WCCO This Morning’s “DeRusha Eats”
Host: Jason DeRusha
Producer: Jason DeRusha
Airs on: WCCO

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional
Host: Grant Lee Crilly and Chris Young
Producer: Kristina Krug
Airs on:

Thirsty For…
Producers: Jay Holzer and Eric Slatkin
Airs on:

You’re Eating It Wrong
Hosts: Dan Pashman
Producers: Joe T. Lin, Alex Lisowski, Fritz Manger, Justin Marshall, Max Osswald, Adam Silver, and Michael Singer
Airs on:

Video Webcast, on Location
Host: Liza de Guia
Producer: Liza de Guia
Airs on:

Kitchen Vignettes
Host: Aube Giroux
Producers: Aube Giroux
Airs on:

The Perennial Plate: Africa and the Americas
Hosts: Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein
Producers: Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein
Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence
A Chef’s Life
Producers: Cynthia Hill, Vivian Howard, Ben Knight, Selena Lauterer, Malinda Maynor Lowery, and Rex Miller
Airs on: PBS

The Grill Iron
Host: Jackie Tranchida
Producers: Jay Holzer, Gab Taraboulsy, and Clenét Verdi-Rose
Airs on:

Wall of Fire: A ChefSteps Story
Host: Grant Lee Crilly and Chris Young
Producer: Kristina Krug
Airs on:

Outstanding Personality/Host
Host: Vivian Howard
A Chef’s Life
Airs on: PBS

Host: Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Airs on: Food Network

Host: Pete Evans
Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking
Airs on: PBS

2015 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Dining and Travel
“How the Vikings Conquered Dinner”
Brett Martin

“Eating Well at the End of the Road”
Julia O’Malley

The India Issue
The Editors of Saveur

Food and Culture
“The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers”
Rebecca Flint Marx
San Francisco Magazine

“The Lost Apples of the South”
Rowan Jacobsen and the Southern Living Test Kitchen
Southern Living

“What Happens When All-Star Chefs Get in Bed with Big Food?”
Mike Sula
Chicago Reader

Food and Health
“Bred to Perfection”
Ben Paynter

“The Wild World Within”
Gretel H. Schueller

“Against the Grain”
Michael Specter
The New Yorker

Food-Related Columns
“David Chang’s Kitchen”
David Chang

Tamar Haspel
The Washington Post

“The Food Lab”
J. Kenji López-Alt
Serious Eats

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication
The Editors of GQ

Los Angeles Magazine
Lesley Bargar Suter

Roads & Kingdoms
The Editors of Roads & Kingdoms

San Francisco Chronicle
The “Food + Home” Staff

Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment
Hungry for Savings,” “Save Money. Live Better,” “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp
Krissy Clark

“The Quinoa Quarrel: Who Owns the World’s Greatest Superfood?”
Lisa M. Hamilton

“California Goes Nuts”
Tom Philpott
Mother Jones

Group Food Blog
First We Feast
Grub Street

Home Cooking
“The Truth Behind Cookbook Recipes”
Julia Bainbridge
Yahoo! Food

“Cabbage Craft”
Kathy Gunst

“Lunch al Desko”
Julia Kramer
Bon Appétit

“Goodbye to All That Sugar, Spice, and Fat”
Lisa Hanawalt
Lucky Peach

“Giving & Thanking”
Ben Schott with the Bon Appétit Editors
Bon Appétit

Chris Stang
The Infatuation

Individual Food Blog
Molly Wizenberg

Poor Man’s Feast
Elissa Altman

Three Little Halves
Aleksandra Mojsilovic

Personal Essay
“Requiem for a Fish Sandwich”
Rick Bragg
Garden and Gun

“Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell”
John DeVore

“Deus X-Mas China”
Lucas Peterson
Lucky Peach

“Jeremiah Tower’s Invincible Armor of Pleasure”
John Birdsall

“The Leftovers: Paula Deen and the Martyrdom Industrial Complex”
Taffy Brodesser-Akner

“Élite Meat”
Dana Goodyear
The New Yorker

Visual Storytelling
Gillian Duffy
New York

“Food52’s Guide to Thanksgiving”
Ryan Hamilton, Michael Hoffman, Timothy McSweeney, Ryan Merrill, and James Ransom

“Le Kale Project”
Caitlin Riley
Dark Rye

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“Into the Vines”
Gabrielle Hamilton

“In New Orleans, Terrific Cocktails Never Went out of Fashion”
M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post

“OMFG it’s the PSL!”
Allecia Vermillion
Seattle Met

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Bollywood Theater’s Spicy Sequel in Southeast,” ”Charting the Rise of Portland’s Hottest UnRestaurants,” “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Måurice
Karen Brooks
Portland Monthly

Abe Fisher,” “Mole Poblano,” “Volvér Lays It on Thick
Craig LaBan
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Artisanal-Everything Roberta’s Defies the Stereotypes,” “Once an Icon, Per Se is Showing its Age,” “Six Reasons Why Cosme is One of NYC’s Most Relevant New Restaurants
Ryan Sutton

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell”
John DeVore

“That Fish Cray”
Adam Gollner
Lucky Peach

“Fixed Menu”
Kevin Pang
Lucky Peach
The James Beard Foundation Announces 2015’s Media Awards Finalists