Meet the Book Nominees for the 2015 James Beard Awards

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The books nominated for this year’s James Beard Awards take us on journeys both practical and philosophical, from the intricacies of humane butchering to the role of the Gerber Baby in the creation of modern America. Dive into the nominees below and try a new cuisine, consider a new cocktail, or discover a new way to look at food in the world around us. All nominated books are available at the James Beard Foundation Amazon store.

 

 

American Cooking 
 
Heritage by Sean Brock (Artisan) 
Gain insight into JBF Award winner Sean Brock’s mission to preserve and promote the diverse bounty of his home region. Featuring recipes from his... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Our Three New JBFA Categories

baking

 

As American cuisine continues to evolve, the James Beard Foundation strives to recognize talent in every corner of the culinary world, from restaurant professionals to the ever-expanding realm of food media.

 

When our entry period opened for the 2015 Awards season, submitters saw a few new categories on the ballot. One was Outstanding Baker, which was introduced to honor professionals outside of the restaurant dessert camp. “JBF has long wanted to recognize the artisan baking movement that has reached every part of the country, with bakers milling their own heirloom grains, making their own sourdoughs, and bringing authenticity and variety that might never have existed here before,” says journalist and Restaurant and Chef Awards committee member Corby Kummer. “With the new Outstanding Baker award, we can now celebrate bakers and pastry chefs who work outside of restaurants or operate bakeries alone.”... Read more >

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Awards Spotlight: Jennifer McLagan's "Bitter"

 

Now that we've revealed the 2015 Beard Award nominations, it's time to familiarize yourself with the incredible culinary talent on this year's list. We'll be spotlighting our freshly minted nominees during the weeks ahead.

 

Today we start with Jennifer McLagan, author of the provocatively titled Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, one of three books nominated for this year's Single Subject Book award. "Bitter is a cultured, intriguing, and sophisticated taste, with a dangerous side," she writes in the book's introduction. "Who could be more fun to cook or to dine with?" A mix of cooking, science, and history, Bitter advocates for this oft-ignored flavor, with a recipe collection that brings more than just grapefruit and radicchio into the fold.

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The Complete 2015 JBF Award Nominees

The Complete 2015 JBF Award Nominees

Didn't catch today's nominee announcement? Don't fret: we've posted the entire list below. 

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards, hosted by Alton Brown, will be held at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. Carla Hall will host our Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner, taking place at New York City's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on Friday, April 24. Tickets to the main gala go on sale April 1, while BBJ ceremony tickets are now available online.

 

Questions about JBF Awards policies and procedures? Answers here.

 

 

Announcing the Nominees for the 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards, Presented by Lexus

 

2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

 

For books published in English in 2014. Winners will... Read more >

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Awards Watch: The 2015 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

The 2015 Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America

The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the five 2015 inductees to the Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America. This prestigious award is given to renowned culinary professionals who have made a significant and unique contribution to the American food and beverage industry. We'll be honoring the new inductees at the James Beard Awards ceremony at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.

 

The 2015 Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America inductees are:

 

Allan Benton, Pork Producer and Purveyor

The owner of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Allan Benton has been described by Saveur magazine as "one of the most... Read more >

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Alton Brown and Carla Hall to Host 2015 Awards

Alton Brown will host the James Beard Awards in Chicago

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards, an event that already guarantees plenty of culinary star power, just got more exciting. We're thrilled to announce that Food Network personality Alton Brown will host this spring's James Beard Awards ceremony in Chicago, taking place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. The former star of the Peabody Award–winning Good Eats, Brown has lent his talents to a number of other Food Network shows, including Iron Chef America, Feasting on Asphalt, Feasting on Waves, The Next Iron Chef, The Next Food Network Star, and Cutthroat Kitchen.

 

 

 

Carla Hall will host the James Beard Foundation's 2015 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner

 

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2015 America’s Classics

Today we're excited to announce the recipients of one of our most popular awards: the America's Classics! This honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Read on to learn more about our 2015 America's Classics. These awards will be bestowed at the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4.  

 

Read the full press release here.

 

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Archie’s Waeside, Le Mars, IA (Owner: Robert Rand)

 

Set in what was once a roadhouse bar, Archie’s is a citadel of American beef cookery. Seated in a commodious booth, in a dining room accented with Christmas tchotchkes, regulars drink perfect Manhattans, snack on handmade onion rings and well-curated relish... Read more >

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The 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

The 2015 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists

They're here! Below are the semifinalists for our 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year.

 

Scroll down to see if your favorite restaurant or chef is in the running. (For a refresher on how these names were selected, read this.) And don't forget: we'll announce the final Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, as well as the nominations for our Book, Journalism, Broadcast Media, and Restaurant Design Awards, at the James Beard House in New York City on Tuesday, March 24.

 

The 2015 James Beard Awards gala will be held at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Monday, May 4. The Foundation's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will take place at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Friday, April 24.

 

RESTAURANT & CHEF

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One Week Away: The 2015 Semifinalist Announcement

The James Beard Awards | 25 Years

It’s a historic year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating the program's 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will be held in the city of Chicago. The Windy City has a rich history with the Foundation, boasting over 40 James Beard Award winners, including four Outstanding Chef medalists. We’re thrilled to honor the best of the culinary industry in this world-class destination. (Our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will remain in New York City.)

 

The first milestone of JBFA season arrives next week. On the morning of Wednesday, February 18, we'll post the complete Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist list right here on the JBF blog. This list will include our ten regional "Best Chef" awards, as well as national honors like Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award.

 

Where do the... Read more >

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Richard Melman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Michel Nischan is Humanitarian of the Year

 

Chicago restaurateur will recieve the 2015 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

Two big announcements from the JBFA team today: we've selected our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees.

 

Accomplished Chicago restaurateur Richard Melman will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement award. As founder and chairman of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Melman oversees more than 100 restaurants nationwide, and has mentored countless chefs and culinary professionals. He is a highly admired leader within Chicago and across the country, with business practices and a personal philosophy that have served as invaluable models to others in the industry.

 

 

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