James Beard Foundation Book Awards

Food writing and journalism's "Oscar" awards

They’re the most important food writing awards of the year — The annual James Beard Foundation Awards for cookbooks, journalism and media.

This year, few surprises, with Nathan Myhrvold’s $600+ epic cooking masterpiece, Modernist Cuisine taking the prize for Cookbook of the year. Amanda Hesser’s Food52 won for publication of the year, along with Gastronomica. Locally, Heidi Swanson (101cookbooks.com) won in the “Focus on Health” category with Super Natural Every Day, and Paula Wolfert won for her book, The Food of Morocco.

Congrats to all the winners.

2012 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

Cookbook of the Year

Modernist Cuisine
Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet
 (The Cooking Lab)

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Laurie Colwin
Home Cooking and More Home Cooking

American Cooking
A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen
Hugh Acheson (Clarkson Potter)

Baking and Dessert

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home
Jeni Britton Bauer

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, & Formulas
Brad Thomas Parsons
(Ten Speed Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View
Modernist Cuisine
Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet 
(The Cooking Lab)

General Cooking

Ruhlman’s Twenty
Michael Ruhlman
 (Chronicle Books)

Focus on Health

Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen
Heidi Swanson (Ten Speed Press)

The Food of Morocco
Paula Wolfert (Ecco)


Notes from a Kitchen: A Journey Inside Culinary Obsession
Artist/Photographer: Jeff Scott 

Reference and Scholarship

Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880-1920
Andrew P. Haley 
(The University of North Carolina Press)

Single Subject
All About Roasting
Molly Stevens 
(W.W. Norton & Company)

Writing and Literature 

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
Gabrielle Hamilton 
(Random House)

2012 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards
Publications of the Year
Amanda Hesser

Darra Goldstein

Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction
Anna Thomas
, “The Soup for Life”

Environment, Food Politics, and Policy

Ben Paynter
Fast Company
, “The Sweet Science”

Food Coverage in a Food-Focused Publication
James Oseland

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

Lesley Bargar Suter
Los Angeles, 
”Chinese Food in L.A.,” “It’s Time for Breakfast in L.A,” “Food Lovers Guide”

Food Culture and Travel

Fuchsia Dunlop
The Financial Times, 
”Global Menu: Kicking Up a Stink”

Food-Related Columns

Lettie Teague
The Wall Street Journal, 
On Wine: Lettie Teague: “Drink, Memory: How to Remember that Wine;” “In Praise of the One-Cabernet Lunch;” “May I recommend: Lessons of Great Sommeliers”

Group Food Blog
The Salt: NPR’s Food Blog
Maria Godoy

Health and Well-Being
Maureen O’Hagan
The Seattle Times, 
”Feeling the Weight: The Emotional Battle to Control Kids’ Diet”

Brett Martin
”The Hangover Part III”

Individual Food Blog
Poor Man’s Feast
Elissa Altman
, Poormansfeast.com
 “Craving the Food of Depravity”

Personal Essay
Cal Fussman
, “Drinking at 1,300 Ft: A 9/11 Story About Wine and Wisdom”

Susan Choi
Food & Wine
, “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz”

Visual Storytelling
Landon Nordeman
”Soul of Sicily,” “BBQ Nation,” “Heart of the Valley”

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
Sarah Karnasiewicz
”Fizzy Business”

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Alan Richman
”The Very Tasty Liberation of Paris,” “I Heart SF,” “Diner for Schmucks”

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
John T. Edge
”BBQ Nation”

2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
Fear of Frying: Culinary Nightmares
Host: Nina Barrett
Area: WBEZ
Producer: Jason Marck

Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)
A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt
Network: HBO
Producers: Sally Rowe, Rachel Mills, and Alan Oxman

Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location
Host: Ted Allen
Network: Food Network
Producers: Linda Lea, Dave Noll, and Vivian Sorenson

Television Program, On Location
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Host: Andrew Zimmern
Network: Travel Channel
Producer: Andrew Zimmern

Television Segment
CBS News Sunday Morning
Host: Martha Teichner
Network: CBS
Producers: Lauren Barnello, Jon Carras, Edward Forgotson, Patrick Lee, and David Small

Video Webcast
eatTV with Jamie Tiampo
Host: Jamie Tiampo
Producers: Suzanne Glickstein, Jimmy McCoy, and Jamie Tiampo

Media Personality/Host (Television or Video Webcast)
Host: Ted Allen
Show: Chopped
Network: Food Network