2013 JBF Leadership Award Winner Marion Nestle


Marion Nestle
Paulette Goddard Professor, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University


For those of us involved in the food world, it’s hard to remember that many of the truths we take as a given—that advertising influences how we eat as a country, often detrimentally; that agricultural programs sometimes protect businesses rather than people; that public policy can be a powerful tool in shifting how Americans eat and, consequently, their health—are relative newcomers in the national discourse. The person directly responsible for raising these points, along with countless other critical questions about the food-related intersections between science, culture, and politics? Dr. Marion Nestle.


The author of the groundbreaking Food Politics, as well as several other seminal books such as Safe Food, What to Eat, and... Read more >

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2013 JBF Leadership Award Winner Cynthia Hayes


Cynthia Hayes
Executive Director, Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON)


Cynthia Hayes spent many childhood summers on her family’s tobacco farm in Kentucky and fondly recalls the “stinky pile” that existed in the corner of her uncle’s field. “He was composting,” she says with a laugh. “We just weren’t calling it that back then.”


The visionary environmentalist, who started the Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON) approximately five years ago, encountered a series of roadblocks, among them many people who asked her why African-American row croppers would consider such a niche market. “Why wouldn’t they?” she remembers asking in response. “When you look historically and culturally at black farmers, they were originally organic producers. But they were also out of the loop in terms of... Read more >

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A Cozy Fall Supper

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing


Now that it's finally cool enough to turn on the oven, we can't wait to get back in the kitchen. Celebrate autumn with a hearty meal inspired by the season's best offerings.


Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Mousse
No ordinary squash soup, this luxurious version is enriched with crème fraîche and truffle honey and topped with a dollop of pumpkin seed-flecked whipped cream.


Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing
Drizzle a garlicky dressing over autumnal greens and sweet, caramelized root vegetables for a hearty side dish.

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The 2013 JBF Leadership Awards Dinner: A Menu in Three Acts

James Beard Award–winning chef Maria Hines


Are you voting with your fork? We did last night! For our 2013 JBF Leadership Awards, which celebrate visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world, we asked JBF Award–winning chef Maria Hines to come to New York City and create a menu to honor these inspiring individuals. For the occasion, the esteemed chef of Seattle's Tilth and Golden Beetle created a menu in which each dish represents a different facet of food policy. Read on to see the menu and learn about chef Maria’s inspiration behind each course:


The 2013 JBF Leadership Awards Dinner: A Menu in Three Acts
Created by JBF Award winner Maria Hines


Inspiration: The annual JBF Food Conference has a sustainability focus. When they invited me to be the chef for the corresponding JBF Leadership Awards this year, I... Read more >

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JBF Trip Planner: Long Island’s North Fork



If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.


Just across the bay from the celebrity-studded beaches and mega mansions of the Hamptons, the quaint North Fork of Long Island lures us with its laid-back vibe, countless vineyards and farm stands, and succulent local oysters on every menu. Autumn is harvest season, which is an ideal time for a jaunt out to the... Read more >

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Presenting Evenings AFAR: Australia

Australian chef Alla Wolf-Tasker


Even though our mission is celebrate America's diverse culinary heritage, we're never ones to pass on great cuisine from farther afield. To satisfy our wanderlusting appetites, the James Beard Foundation is launching the Evenings AFAR dinner series. In partnership with AFAR media, this exciting program will spotlight must-visit international destinations for food and wine, and will invite chefs from foreign lands to prepare meals at the historic James Beard House.


The series begins with a gustatory trip Down Under. Long known for its independent spirit and its marvels of the natural world, it's no surprise that Australia offers a unique cuisine that's rooted in pristine ingredients and a fierce creativity. The country's one-of-a-kind cooking will be on display at the Beard House on... Read more >

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Mindful Snacking: Alternatives To Your Favorite Food Vices


“I can’t stand when someone says they want some ice cream and someone will tell them to have some celery sticks—that is nothing like ice cream!” says Lisa Sasson, professor of nutrition at New York University’s School of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. “We often have urges for certain types of foods,” she says. “You might want something crunchy and salty or cold and refreshing,” says Sasson, adding that if you make yourself something that is closer to what you crave, you’re more likely to be satisfied. “So if someone is in the mood for ice cream, something else that’s creamy or cool might do.” And if you have a hankering for something salty and crunchy like chips or puffs, will baby carrots do the trick? “If you dip the carrots into something like a spiced yogurt dip,” according to Sasson, “that could satisfy that urge for... Read more >

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Watch Live: 2013 JBF Food Conference

Our fourth annual JBF Food Conference starts today! This year's theme is "The Paradox of Appetite: Hungering for Change." We'll be streaming all of our speakers and panelists live all day, so please join us and watch here. 


You can find more information and see the full agenda here. An archive of all talks and panels lives here. Join the conversation by commenting here or tweeting using the hashtag #jbfleads



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JBF Kitchen Cam