The James Beard Book Broadcast and Journalism awards were held this past Saturday night, and a whole new crop of book authors, TV and radio folks and food journalists were honored with what is still considered the food world's greatest honor -- a James Beard medal.
You can see the full list of winners below, but we're especially excited about a few of the award recipients. Anne Willan, Santa Monica resident, cookbook author and collector of rare cookbooks was inducted into the Cookbook Hall of Fame. Tejal Rao, restaurant critic at our sister paper The Village Voice was awarded the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award. And Mike Sula, critic at The Chicago Reader, was awarded the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing award for this straight awesome piece he wrote about eating squirrel.
In controversy news, Best Food Blog went to Dark Rye, the food magazine put out by Whole Foods Market. Apart from the fact that it's a publication put out by a store, it doesn't really appear to be a blog, but more of an online magazine. Perhaps those distinctions (magazine/retail-sponsored content? Magazine/blog?) are falling by the wayside? Or perhaps it was a really odd choice.
The chef and restaurant awards are tonight. We'll be rooting for Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, who are up for Best Chef in the West, as well as Nancy Silverton and Suzanne Goin, who are both up for Outstanding Chef. Sit tight for a full report on all the chef and restaurant winners here on Squid Ink, or watch the awards live on the James Beard Foundation website (the live stream begins at around 3 p.m. Pacific time). And for chefs nervous about what you might say if you have to give an acceptance speech tonight, here are some sage words of advice from the brilliant and sexy Ruth Bourdain.
Full list of winners from the Book, Broadcast and Journalism awards:
Cookbook of the Year: Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America by Maricel E. Presilla (W.W. Norton & Company)
Cookbook hall of fame: Anne Willan
American cooking: Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith)
Baking and dessert: Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza by Ken Forkish (Ten Speed Press)
Beverage: Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and José Vouillamoz (Ecco)
Cooking from a professional point of view: Toqué! Creators of a New Quebec Gastronomy by Normand Laprise (les éditions du passage)
Focus on health: Cooking Light The New Way to Cook Light: Fresh Food & Bold Flavors for Today's Home Cook by Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman (Oxmoor House)
General cooking: Canal House Cooks Every Day by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
International: Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi (Ten Speed Press)
Photography: What Katie Ate: Recipes and Other Bits & Pieces Photographer: Katie Quinn Davies (Viking Studio)
Reference and scholarship: The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World by Sandor Ellix Katz (Chelsea Green Publishing)
Single subject: Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater (Ten Speed Press)
Vegetable focused and vegetarian: Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More Than 225 Recipes by Diane Morgan (Chronicle Books)
Writing and literature: Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson (Random House)
Broadcast and New Media:
Radio show/audio webcast: Fear of Frying
Host: Nina Barrett
Producer: Lynette Kalsnes
Special/documentary (Television or video webcast): The Restaurateur
Producer: Roger Sherman
Television program, in studio or fixed location: CBS Sunday Morning: Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Host: Charles Osgood
Producers: Gavin Boyle, Amol Mhatre, Rand Morrison, Amy Rosner, Jason Sacca, and Robin Sanders
Television program, on location: The Mind of a Chef
Host: Anthony Bourdain
Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Joe Caterini, Alexandra Chaden, Jonathan Cianfrani, Christopher Collins, Peter Meehan, Michael Steed, and Lydia Tenaglia
Television segment: Friday Arts, Art of Food
Network: WHYY TV
Producer: Monica Rogozinski
Video webcast, fixed location and/or instructional: How to Cocktail
Producers: Kit Codik, Scott Kritz, and Noah Rothbaum
Video webcast, on location: The Perennial Plate: Real Food World Tour
Hosts: Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine
Producers: Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine
Outstanding personality/host: Host: Andrew Zimmern
Show: Bizarre Foods America
Network: Travel Channel
Producers: Colleen Needles Steward and Andrew Zimmern
Publication of the Year award: ChopChop
Cooking, recipes, or instruction: Matt Goulding, Matthew Kadey with Tamar Adler, and Paul Kita, Men's Health, "The Butcher is Back!," "The Six-Pack Foods of
Summer," "Southern Food Rises Again"
Craig Claiborne distinguished restaurant review award: Tejal Rao, Village Voice, "Bangkok Pop, No Fetishes," "The Sweet Taste of Success," "Enter the Comfort Zone at 606 R&D"
Food and culture: Ann Taylor Pittman, Cooking Light "Mississippi Chinese Lady Goes Home to Korea"
Food and travel: Adam Sachs, Travel + Leisure "The Best Little Eating Town in Europe"
Food coverage in a general-interest publication: Men's Health, Adina Steiman
Food politics, policy, and the environment: Tracie McMillan The American Prospect with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, "As Common As Dirt"
Food-related columns: Adam Sachs, Bon Appétit The Obsessivore: "I'm Big On Japan," "Everyone's a Critic," "The Tradition Starts Here"
Group food Blog: Dark Rye, darkrye.com
Health and well-Being: Rachael Moeller Gorman, EatingWell "Solving the Sugar Puzzle"
Humor: Alice Laussade, Dallas Observer, "The Cheap Bastard's ultimate Guide to Eating like a Total Cheap Bastard in Dallas"
Individual food Blog: Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, honest-food.net, Hank Shaw
MFK Fisher distinguished writing award: Mike Sula, Chicago Reader "Chicken of the Trees"
Personal essay: Fuchsia Dunlop, Lucky Peach "London Town"
Profile: Brett Martin, GQ, "Danny and the Electric Kung Pao Pastrami Test"
Visual storytelling: Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo, Gather Journal "Starters," "Dessert," "Smoke & Ash"
Wine, spirits, and other beverages: Michael Steinberger, vanityfair.com "A Vintage Crime"