Buy the 2011 Book Award Nominees in the JBF Amazon Store


Got some empty space on your bookshelf to fill? Already cooked your way through last year's best cookbooks? Have a look at the freshly released 2011 James Beard Book Award nominees in our Amazon store. Whether your purchase is destined for your kitchen counter or your coffee table, a portion of it will be contributed to JBF.

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Awards Watch: Final Nominees Announced

medallion After Sunday night's fantastic Beard in Oregon tasting event and rockin' afterparties at Clyde Common and the Ace Hotel, the James Beard Award nominees were finally unveiled yesterday at the Oregon Culinary Institute. In case you weren't parked in front of our busy Twitter page, you can get the full list of finalists at jbfawards.com. Next stop: Lincoln Center!

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On the Menu: Mangiare from the Market

Michele Platt and Francesco Buitoni When in the Hudson Valley, discerning diners—not to mention culinary icons like Mario Batali—get their fill of market-driven Italian cooking at the aptly named Mercato, the charming osteria run by the seventh-generation progeny of one of the world’s most famous pasta-making families, Francesco Buitoni, and his wife, Michele Platt. The couple is on deck for tomorrow's Beard House dinner, and you can still snag a seat. But first, have a look at the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Gnudi with Fava Bean Purée Hudson Valley Pork Shoulder Porchetta and Slaw Sliders Lenny Bee's Smoked Trout and Spicy Mustard Quail Saltimbocca and Saffron Risotto Bites Northwind Farms Chicken Liver Bruschetta Pairing: Bellenda Brut Rosé NV Dinner

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On the Menu: March 20 through March 26

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, March 20, 5:30 P.M. James Beard in Oregon It’s no accident that we’ve chosen Jim Beard’s birthplace as the site of our 2011 JBF Awards Nominee Announcement. Guests at this spectacular dinner will be treated to a meal prepared by the best chefs in Portland, Oregon, many of them past JBF Award winners themselves. Monday, March 21, 7:00 P.M. Simplicity Refined A culinary wünderkind whose résumé includes stints with Charlie Trotter and at Michelin-starred restaurants in his native Austria, Markus Glocker now helms Gordon Ramsay at the London,

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Awards Watch: Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian Honorees Announced

medallion Here's the latest Awards news of the season: wine educator and writer Kevin Zraly will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award, while FareStart, a Seattle-based culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals, will be honored with the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Get the full scoop here.

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On the Menu: Luxury Beach Escape

Michael Reardon Shutters on the Beach has been captivating visitors for almost two decades with its intoxicating combination of casual elegance, breathtaking locale, and a see-and-be-seen vibe. But it’s chef Michael Reardon’s Mediterranean-inspired, market-driven, upscale beach fare that keeps discerning diners coming back for more. You can still get a seat at chef Reardon's Beard House dinner, which kicks off at 7:00 tomorrow night. If you're tempted by the menu below, click here to make your reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Grilled Littleneck Clam and Chorizo Skewers Grass-Fed Beef Tartare with Yukon Gold Potato Chips and American Caviar Santa Barbara Uni Crostini with Umbrian Oil and Sea Salt Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Dehydrated Grapes, Saba, and Pignoli Pairing:Graham Beck Gamekeeper's Reserve

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