Awards Watch: 2015 Book Award Entries Due December 15

2015 James Beard Book Award Entries Due December 15

 

With the 2015 Book Award submission deadline a little over a month away, our shelves are starting to crowd with cookbooks and other food-themed works on every imaginable subject,  including the foods of Texas, the Brooklyn craft-spirits scene, and bourbon-soaked desserts. If last year's submissions are a reliable gauge, we're expecting more than 150 entries to land in the JBF offices the coming weeks.

 

Want to add yours to the mix? The deadline for 2015 Book Award submissions is Monday, December 15. You can submit entries here. Reacquaint yourself with all James Beard Award categories here.

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Karen Washington

 

Karen Washington

Urban Farmer, Community Activist, and Former President,

New York City Community Garden Coalition

 

For Karen Washington, it all began with a tomato. “I had no experience growing food, and I took a chance,” she says of the decision to plant a backyard garden after purchasing a home in the Bronx in 1985. “I hated tomatoes—but when I bit into one of my own, I was hooked: I said, ‘I am going to grow everything.’”

 

What followed was nothing if not kismet. Washington saw from her kitchen window “a man with a pick and a shovel” working in the empty lot across the street—“an eyesore that turned my American dream into a nightmare.” She joined him, helping to transform that lot into a thriving community garden. More gardens followed when she connected with Bronx Green-Up, and her activity expanded to activism when she joined the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. “My training there taught me how to be a public speaker and... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Navina Khanna

Navina Khanna

​Fellow, Movement Strategy Center

 

There’s the work, and then there’s the spirit behind it: with Navina Khanna, it’s one and the same. “Navina is a catalyzer and activator who puts others first and leads through hard work and service…and calls all of this ‘love,’” says Ricardo Salvador, himself a 2013 JBF Leadership Award recipient. “She is one of the few people who can act on that word meaningfully in the real world by making the lives of others better because of knowing and working with her.”

 

Indeed, Khanna is led by her heart. Touched at an early age by the marvels of nature, active in environmental initiatives as a teen, and horrified by the negative impact of the Green Revolution and corporate influence over the food system in her family’s native India, Khanna commenced early in the pursuit of more just, equitable, and sustainable food and agricultural practices.

 

After embarking on that pursuit, she began planting the seeds for others... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Writer/Journalist; and Professor

University of California, Berkeley

 

Ask Michael Pollan, a prolific food writer and journalist who introduced issues like sustainable agriculture and food safety into the national conversation, about his earliest gustatory memories, and he singles out an after-school snack: “I remember going to a friend’s house in the fourth grade. His mom wasn’t home so he had to figure out how to cook his own food, and he taught me how to scramble eggs,” Pollan says, recalling a childhood in suburban Long Island. “This goop turned into beautiful yellow curds. So my sense of cooking as this kitchen chemistry set where amazing transformations happen goes back pretty far,” he adds.

 

An unabashed enthusiasm for learning makes Pollan’s writing—a collection of books and articles that probe into the intersection of nature and culture—... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Ben Burkett

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Ben Burkett

Ben Burkett
State Coordinator for the State of Mississippi, Federation of Southern Cooperatives; president of the National Family Farm Coalition; and Member of Via Campesina

 

Even just a glance at the staggering range of Ben Burkett’s commitments—spanning state, national, and international arenas—confirms that he’s a tireless advocate for the family farm. “I guess you could say I’ve been farming all my life,” says Burkett, a fourth-generation farmer who wears a variety of hats for organizations including the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, where he is a state coordinator, and the National Family Farm Coalition, where he serves as president.

 

Burkett’s own 300-acre farm in Petal, Mississippi, teems with more than 16 types of vegetables including collard greens and okra. He’s on a quest to change the culture of farming in the United States, which is currently dominated by a cluster of gargantuan corporate players. “The huge farmers don’t... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Mark Bittman

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman
Author and Journalist,
The New York Times

 

Talk about mileage: once a New York City cabdriver and a Boston truck driver, Mark Bittman is now one of the most prominent and influential voices steering Americans toward healthier, more sustainable eating. The best-selling cookbook author, renowned food writer, and prolific recipe developer has paved a path all his own.

 

While running a small newspaper as a community organizer in the 1970s, Bittman was introduced to the craft of journalism and the art of communication. That know-how would serve him well: in the decade that followed, Bittman contributed to many different print outlets, including the New Haven Register, of which he became food editor. “I really liked food and knew about food, but I was trying many different things,” he says. “When it became clear that what I was passionate about would actually work for me, I pretty much pursued it to the exclusion of... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Calling All 2015 Entries!

Nancy Silverton and David Chang at the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

JBF is now accepting entries for the 2015 James Beard Awards!

 

Entries for our Book; Broadcast and New Media; Journalism; and Restaurant Design categories can be submitted here. We're excited to announce two new Broadcast and New Media awards: Podcast and Visual and Technical Excellence.

 

Entries for Restaurant and Chef awards consideration have a separate portal, which is here. There's also a new Restaurant and Chef award: Outstanding Baker. (The Outstanding Pastry Chef category remains.) Please note that you may submit up to two entries per subcategory of the Restaurant and Chef awards.

 

Submission deadlines are as follows:... Read more >

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JBF Names 2014 Leadership Award Recipients

The James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards

 

Today the James Beard Foundation unveils its 2014 Leadership Award recipients. These individuals, whose work contributes to a more healthful, sustainable, and safe food world, will be honored on October 27 at a dinner ceremony co-hosted by Good Housekeeping at the Hearst Tower. The awards presentation will be part of the James Beard Foundation’s fifth annual Food ConferenceHealth & Food: Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?, taking place on October 27 and 28 in New York City. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Bowen & Company at 914.231.6180 or jamesbeard@bowenandco.com.

 

The 2014 Leadership Award recipients are:

 

Mark Bittman

Author/Journalist, The New York Times

 

For using his international platform as a... Read more >

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Interview with Donald Link of Pêche

Donald Link

 

The winner of this year's Best New Restaurant award, Pêche is the latest project from New Orleans–based chef Donald Link, who also runs the acclaimed Cochon, Cochon Butcher, and Herbsaint. On top of his culinary talent and business acumen, Link is a passionate champion of Gulf Coast and Southern foodways. Below, Link discusses his ties to local producers, the current state of New Orleans dining, and what's next for Pêche. 

 

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JBF: It's obviously been a big year for Pêche. What's your vision for the restaurant in its second year?

 

DL: We plan on continuing in the same style as before: to keep searching out the best seafood the Gulf Coast has to offer. A lot of doors have opened up in the world... Read more >

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Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch

Interview with 2014 JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch by Anna Mowry

 

The winner of this year’s Outstanding Restaurateur award, Barbara Lynch has forged one of the country’s most acclaimed restaurant groups, Barbara Lynch Gruppo, which includes fine dining and casual concepts, a butcher shop, and a demonstration kitchen. The Boston native also runs a nonprofit, the Barbara Lynch Foundation, and has cultivated young chef talent like Kristin Kish and Colin Lynch (no relation).

 

Now that the JBFA dust has settled, we got in touch with Lynch to talk about her empire’s coming attractions, the cookbook that clicked her cooking philosophy into place, and where she ate during Beard Awards weekend.

 

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JBF: Two months ago the New York Times ... Read more >

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