Awards Watch: So You Want to Enter the JBF Book Awards

Dave Arnold and Sean Brock at the 2015 JBF Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

 

So you’ve written a cookbook and now you want to enter the James Beard Foundation's annual Book AwardsWith more than ten award categories in the mix, where should you enter your prized work? Should a cookbook that’s all about smoothies be entered in the Single Subject category or in the Beverage category? Does an ice cream sandwich cookbook belong in Baking & Desserts or Single Subject? What about a book that surveys Cuban food in Miami? 

 

This year the Book Awards subcommittee is offering guidance on which category is best for authors and publishers. We hope the descriptions below will help you determine which category is right for your book. ... Read more >

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: JBF Award Winner Sean Brock Schools Us on Fried Chicken

 

"When you're a chef in the South, fried chicken is your responsibility," says Sean Brock, acclaimed chef of Husk, McCrady's, and Minero, solemnly. And for the James Beard Award–winning chef and proud rural Virginian, that burden means burying your head deep in old recipes, cooking with every fat you can think of, and eating lots and lots of fried bird, naturally. "I was born this way," he says with a laugh. "Growing up in the South, you go to KFC and all the mom-and-pop places along the roadside. Honestly, it's my obsession."

 

It's our obsession too, so we asked for Brock's tips on how to master fried chicken at home after browsing the very intense, very delicious-sounding recipe in his recent JBF... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Calling All 2016 Entries!

Christina Tosi and Mindy Segal at the 2015 James Beard Awards

 

JBF is now accepting entries for the 2016 James Beard Awards! Entries for all James Beard Award categories (that’s Restaurant and Chef; Broadcast Media; Journalism; Book; and Restaurant Design) can be submitted here.

 

The Foundation’s Awards committees have announced the following changes to the below Awards categories and criteria:

 

In order to recognize the growing coverage of food and food-related issues in general-interest media, the criteria for Broadcast Media's TV Segment award have been expanded. In addition to recurring and ongoing food-themed segments on a non-food program, the committees will now accept entries... Read more >

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Luck of the Drawl: Alon Shaya's Short Rib Recipe Blends Israeli Flavors with Southern Staples

 

Not many Italian restaurants serve roasted goat shakshuka, quinoa tabbouleh, or Hanukkah dinner. But while New Orleans chef Alon Shaya was cooking at his and John Besh's restaurant, Domenica, he would casually slip the flavors of the Israeli food of his childhood (influenced by his love of his grandmother's cooking) onto the menu. In February, the 2015 JBF Award winner for Best Chef: South finally opened Shaya, a casual restaurant dedicated to, as he describes it, "the foods that are being eaten and celebrated in Israel today," like... Read more >

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Hit Me with Your Best Choc: JBF Award Winner Emily Luchetti's Chocolate Layer Cake


"You can have your molten lava cake; you can have your chocolate soufflé; just give me a classic, really, really delicious, moist, loaded-with-frosting chocolate layer cake, and that's all I need." Coming from a pastry guru like JBF Award winner Emily Luchetti, that's saying something. In her lauded career, Luchetti has worked at some of the most glitzy San Francisco restaurants (Farallon, Waterbar)—and she's now the chief pastry officer at the uber-popular Marlowe, ... Read more >

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The Mindy Project: JBF Award Winner Mindy Segal Riffs on PB&J

 

Irwin Segal was a jazz guy back in the day. He played the upright bass and the accordion, and he hung out at Rick's American Cafe in Chicago, sipping vodka on the rocks and soaking in Tito Puente's hip-swinging tunes. And he often brought along his daughter, James Beard Award–winning pastry chef and chef/owner of beloved Mindy's HotChocolate in Chicago, Mindy Segal. "With their riffs and scatting, these Latin jazz stars were the kings of improvisation," Segal recollects in her new cookbook, Cookie Love. "Their brains seemed to be wired the same way as mine." Take, for example, her twist on the classic sandwich straight out of your elementary school lunch box memories—the simple, squishy peanut butter and jelly we all know, and... Read more >

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Recipe: Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake (Plus a Cookbook Giveaway!)

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake from the JBF Award–winning cookbook Flavor Flours

 

For years flour played an essential but somewhat inconspicuous role in baking, like the foundations of a building. Wheat flour was king, and the main options were “all-purpose” or “bread.” Then came the rise of the gluten-free diet, accompanied by the surge in “alternative” flours. While not new to the market, these products have been game changers for the growing wheat-avoidant ranks and have also helped gluten-free foods overcome their (often undeserved) reputation for being tough and bland bummers.

 

Thanks to Alice Medrich and her latest book, Flavor Flours, winner of the 2015 JBF Baking and Dessert Book Award, we might be seeing the dawn of yet another new age in baking, one that values the so-called alternatives not for what they lack, but for the unique and full... Read more >

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JBF Announces 2015 Leadership Award Recipients

 

Today JBF is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards. Now in its fifth year, the JBF Leadership Awards, co-hosted by Good Housekeeping and with founding support from the GRACE Communications Foundation, recognize specific outstanding initiatives as well as bodies of work and lifetime achievement. Criteria used to select this year’s honorees include excellence of work, innovation in approach, and scale of impact either within a community or across the nation.

 

The 2015 Leadership Award recipients will be honored on October 19 at a dinner ceremony co-hosted by Good Housekeeping and emceed by Andrea Reusing, chef and owner of Lantern Restaurant. Dinner will be prepared by JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change alumni Duskie Estes and pastry chef Erika Davis with hors d’oeuvre prepared by the Natural Gourmet Institute. The awards presentation will be part of the... Read more >

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2015 Who's Who Inductee: Maricel Presilla

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

MARICEL E. PRESILLA / CHEF, RESTAURATEUR, AND COOKBOOK AUTHOR / HOBOKEN, NJ

 

Maricel E. Presilla is an award-winning author, chef, and restaurateur who is widely recognized as one of the nation’s pre-eminent experts on the cuisines of Latin America. In 2013 her magnum opus, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, was honored as Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and Best General Cookbook by the IACP.... Read more >

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2015 Who's Who Inductee: Nathalie Dupree

 

The James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America is a cadre of the most accomplished food and beverage professionals in the country. Though they represent a diverse cross-section of the food and beverage industry—from chefs to journalists to farmers to business executives to scholars—each has been identified by his or her peers as having displayed remarkable talent and achievement. Every member of the Who’s Who has contributed in some substantial way to America’s constantly evolving culinary scene.

 

NATHALIE DUPREE / COOKBOOK AUTHOR AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY / CHARLESTON, SC

 

Nathalie Dupree is the author of 14 cookbooks and the host of more than 300 national and international cooking shows that have aired on PBS, the Food Network, and the Learning Channel. She has earned wide recognition for her work, including three James Beard Awards and numerous other honors. Dupree is best known for her approachability and her... Read more >

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