James Beard Foundation Announces its 2016 Media Awards Winners

The Chef and Restaurant winners will be declared May 2 during a gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The Chef and Restaurant winners will be declared May 2 during a gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Image Used with Permission

The James Beard Foundation announced its media awards on April 26 for book, broadcast, and journalism during a ceremony in New York City. The Chef and Restaurant winners will be declared May 2 during a gala at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Here are the winners:
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)

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)

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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)

Writing and Literature  
Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)
Marion Nestle
(Oxford University Press)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian  
V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks
Michael Anthony
(Little, Brown and Company)

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 Media Awards/Presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts


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: 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

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

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
Francis Lam
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

Maryse Chevriere

Personal Essay
“On Chicken Tenders”
Helen Rosner

“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, McGraw Wolfman

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here’s Why.”
Dave Infante

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

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