The James Beard Foundation Announces 2016’s Media Award Nominees

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Along with its finalists for the chef and restaurant awards, the James Beard Foundation today announced the nominees for this year’s Books, Broadcast, and Journalism awards. Among the chef-authors, critics, editors, videographers, and writers nominated are Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman for Tacos, Alan Richman for GQ, Serious Eats’ J. Kenji López-Alt, and Michael Solomonov. The winners will be announced on April 26 at a ceremony in New York City. Check out the complete lineup, and congrats to all the nominees:

2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

American Cooking
The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook, Chris Fischer (Little, Brown and Company)
Heartlandia by Adam Sappington, Jack Sappington, and Ashley Gartland (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Southerner’s Cookbook by David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden and Gun

American Wine, Tom Acitelli (University of California Press)
Lost Recipes of Prohibition, Matthew Rowley (Countryman Press)
Oxford Companion to Wine, Jancis Robinson (Oxford University Press)

General Cooking
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science, J. Kenji López-Alt (W. W. Norton & Company)
Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix, Mark Bittman (Clarkson Potter)
Slow Fires, Justin Smille and Kitty Greenwald (Clarkson Potter)

Preserving the Japanese Way, Nancy Singleton Hachisu (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Senegal, Pierre Thiam and Jennifer Sit (Lake Isle Press)
Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Cook for Your Life, Ann Ogden Gaffney (Avery)
Everyday Super Food, Jamie Oliver (Ecco)
Lighten Up, Y’all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome, Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)

Gjelina, Travis Lett and Michael Graydon (Chronicle Books)
NOPI, Yottam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully (Ten Speed Press)
This Is Camino, Russell Moore and Allison Hopelain (Ten Speed Press)

Reference and Scholarship
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, Toni Tipton-Martin (University of Texas Press)
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, Darra Goldstein (Oxford Companions)
To Live and Dine in Dixie, Angela Cooley (University of Georgia Press)

Single Subject
A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood, Diana Henry
(Mitchell Beazley)
Mastering Pasta: The Art and Practice of Handmade Pasta, Gnocchi, and Risotto Marc Vetri with David Joachim
(Ten Speed Press)
Tacos: Recipes and Provocations, Alex Stupak and Jordana Rothman
(Clarkson Potter)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian
A Modern Way to Eat: 200+ Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing), Anna Jones (Ten Speed Press)
V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks, Michael Anthony (Little, Brown and Company)
Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking, Madhur Jaffrey (Alfred A. Knopf)

Writing and Literature
Pawpaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit, Andrew Moore (Chelsea Green Publishing)
Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat, Barry Estabrook (W. W. Norton & Company)
Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), Marion Nestle (Oxford University Press)

2015 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Dining and Travel
“America’s Best Food Cities”
Tom Sietsema
The Washington Post

“It’s 8 A.M. Somewhere”
The Staff of Lucky Peach
Lucky Peach

“A Modern Guide to Timeless London”
Lauren Collins
Bon Appétit

Food and Culture
“Kiss My Grits”
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

“In Search of Ragu”
Matt Goulding
Roads & Kingdoms

“Straight-Up Passing”
John Birdsall

Food and Health
“Good Seed, Bad Seed”
Barry Estabrook

“The Healthy Cook’s Guide to Fat”
Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky
Cooking Light

“How to Eat Healthy(ish)”
Jon Wilde

Food Blog
Andrew Zimmern
Lucky Peach
Serious Eats

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication
Garden & Gun
David DiBenedetto and Phillip Rhodes

Brendan Vaughan

Los Angeles Magazine
Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza

Food-Related Columns
Francis Lam
The New York Times Magazine

“Edible Life”
Corby Kummer
New Republic

Todd Kliman
The Washingtonian

Food Reporting
“Corn Wars”
Ted Genoways
New Republic

“Seafood From Slaves - An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century”
Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, and Robin McDowell
Associated Press

“48 Hours that Changed the Future of Rainforests”
Nathanael Johnson

Home Cooking
“Cook Like a Pro!”
Adam Rapoport
Bon Appétit

“Into the Woods”
Langdon Cook

“Three Dishes: Gnocchi”
Brette Warshaw
Lucky Peach

Maryse Chevriere

“Ham to Ham Combat: The Tale of Two Smithfields”
Emily Wallace

“Stone-Ground Killer”
Julia Reed
Garden & Gun

Personal Essay
“The Chef Who Saved My Life”
Brett Martin

“(The New) Broadway, NOLA”
Rien Fertel
The Local Palate

“On Chicken Tenders”
Helen Rosner

“The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford”
Allecia Vermillion
Seattle Met Magazine

“Christiane Lauterbach: The Woman Who Ate Atlanta”
Wendell Brock
The Bitter Southerner

“Edna Lewis and the Black Roots of American Cooking”
Francis Lam
The New York Times Magazine

Visual Storytelling
“How to Make the World’s Best Cheeseburger, Using Magic”
Eric Gillin and Andrew Jive

“One Night: Kachka”
Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Jen Stevenson, Dina Avila, McGraw Wolfman

“Smells the Same”
Joana Avillez
Lucky Peach

Wine, Spirits, and other Beverages
“Let Us Now Retire the Whiskey Woman”
Courtney Balestier

“Old World, New Wine”
Alan Richman

“There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here’s Why.”
Dave Infante

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Four Star Semilla Is New York’s Next Great Restaurant”, “How to Navigate Shuko, New York’s Most Exciting New Japanese Restaurant”, “Contra and Wildair Are the Anti-Elitist Icons of NYC Cuisine
Ryan Sutton

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

Spoon & Stable”, “Gilding the Chicken”, “A Second Act for the Forum?
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“My Father and the Wine”
Irina Dumitrescu
The Yale Review

“Pork Life”
Todd Kliman
Lucky Peach

The Second Most Famous Thing to Happen to Hiroshima
Matt Goulding
Roads & Kingdoms

2015 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

For Grace
Filmmakers: Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski
Airs on: Vimeo, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
Director: Grant Baldwin
Producers: Jenny Rustemeyer and Melanie Wood
Airs on: MSNBC

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

Host: Pati Jinich
Pati’s Mexican Table
Airs on: WETA

Host: Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods
Airs on: Travel Channel

Burnt Toast
Host: Kenzi Wilbur
Producers: Laura Mayer, Henry Molofsky, and Andy Bowers
Airs on: iTunes and Soundcloud

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

Host: Tina Antolini
Producer: Tina Antolini for the Southern Foodways Alliance
Airs on:

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
Eating in Sync with Our Master Clocks
Host: Allison Aubrey
Airs on: NPR’s Eating and Health

The Food Chain - A BBC World Service Co-Production with the Food Programme
Host: Dan Saladino
Producers: Kent DePinto, Sarah Stolarz, and Dan Saladino
Airs on: BBC World Service

What’s On Your Plate: The Family Peach Farm That Became a Symbol of the Food Revolution and A Crime of Passion: When the Love of Yogurt Burned Too Bright
Host: Dan Charles
Producer: Jeff Rogers
Airs on: NPR’s The Salt

CBS Sunday Morning: The Food Issue: Eat Drink & Be Merry
Host: Charles Osgood
Director: Nora Gerard
Producers: Rand Morrison, Gavin Boyle, Jason Sacca, and Amy Rosner
Airs on: CBS

Christmas at Bobby’s
Host: Bobby Flay
Producer: Elina Brown
Airs on: Food Network

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: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Airs on: Cooking Channel

Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul
Host: Jacques Pépin
Producer: Tina Salter
Airs on: KQED-TV

Pati’s Mexican Table
Host: Pati Jinich
Producer: Gordon Elliott
Airs on: WETA

Television Program, on Location
A Chef’s Life
Host: Vivian Howard
Producers: Vivian Howard and Cynthia Hill
Airs on: PBS

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

The Mind of a Chef
Hosts: Gabrielle Hamilton and David Kinch
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Joseph Caterini, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Michael Steed, Jared Andrukanis, Alexandra Chaden, Jonathan Cianfrani, Nari Kye, Anna Chai, and Siobhan Walshe
Airs on: PBS

Television Segment
Diving for Maine Sea Urchin,” “Tom the Truffle Dog,” “Are Vertical Farms the Future?
Producers: Jeremy Harlan and Sarah LeTrent
Airs on: CNN, CNN Airport, and

TODAY Show’s “TODAY Food”
Hosts: Erica Hill, Sheinelle Jones, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Carson Daly
Producers: Deborah Kosofsky, Samantha Wender, Rainy Farrell, Bianca Borges, Allison Simpson, and Tina DeGraff
Airs on: NBC

PBS NewsHour’s “Food, Glorious Food”
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:

Mad Genius Tips
Host: Justin Chapple
Producers: Alex Vallis, Keri Hansen, Cheryl Houser, and Brian Egan
Airs on:

3-Ingredient Recipes
Producer: Matt Duckor
Airs on:

Video Webcast, On Location
Seafood at the Source
Director: Ryan Ffrench
Producers: James Mulcahy and Ryan Ffrench
Airs on:

The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma
Producer: Elana Schulman
Airs on:

Yellow Barn Biodynamic Farm
Producer: Angus Cann
Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence
Avec Eric Season 3
Directors: Jason Goldwatch, Geoffrey Drummond, and Carlos Naude
Photographers: Sarorn R. Sim, Michael Berlucchi, and Daniel McKeown
Editors: Luis Alvarez y Alvarez, Sarah Stuve, Benjamin Di Giacomo, and Matthew Vigil
Airs on: Cooking Channel

Chef’s Table
Director: David Gelb
Photographers: Will Basanta and Adam Bricker
Editors: Brad Grossman, J. Santos, Eric Freidenberg, Ravi Subramanian, Adrienne Gits, and Jesse Overman
Airs on: Netflix

Food for Thought, Food for Life
Director: Susan Rockefeller
Photographers: Robert Featherstone, Clarissa De Los Reyes, Rhiannon Hyde, Selene Richholt, Micah Schaffer, and Zao Wang
Editor: Jackie French
Airs on: and

JBFA 2016 Media Awards Finalists