Meet the 2015 Personal Essay Journalism Nominees

Garden & Gun

 

From holiday menus to vacation dinners to the first ice cream cone at the beginning of summer, our memories of food frequently influence our identities more than music, art, or even education. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Personal Essay are connected by a common thread of contemplation of meals past, transforming nostalgia into thoughtful commentary on the role of food in their larger lives and cultures.

 

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Rick Bragg
Garden and Gun
Requiem for a Fish Sandwich

Faced with new overfishing regulations and species depletions, Rick Bragg looks back on the glory days of grouper sandwiches to say goodbye to what once was. [Image shown above]

 

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Interview with Dan Barber of Oustanding Restaurant Nominee Blue Hill at Stone Barns

 

Located just 30 miles north of New York City, Blue Hill at Stone Barns feels worlds away, sourcing its ingredients from the vast surrounding landscape and spinning them into dishes served in an idyllic, rustic-chic setting. Beyond the acclaimed cuisine, this Outstanding Restaurant nominee is also a staunch advocate for better food-system choices. We recently caught up with co-owner and executive chef Dan Barber for a look at what’s happening at the restaurant this season, his team’s experimental pop-up featuring food waste, and how we should rethink farm-to-table fare.

 

JBF: Can you tell us about a dish or two currently on your menu at Blue Hill at Stone Barns that really speaks to the restaurant’s perspective or philosophy?

 

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Meet the 2015 Profile Journalism Award Nominees

Eater

 

In the age of the celebrity chef, it seems more important than ever before to discover the person behind the branded set of cookware. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for profile offer insights into some of our largest marquee names, digging beneath the glitz and glamor to humanize these titans of industry.

 

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John Birdsall
Eater
Jeremiah Tower's Invincible Armor of Pleasure

John Birdsall chronicles the rise and fall of California-cuisine legend Jeremiah Tower on the eve of his return to the restaurant scene. [Image shown above]

 

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Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Matter
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Meet the 2015 Visual Storytelling Journalism Nominees

 

From backstage peeks of chefs at work, to holiday how-tos and anthropological explorations of vegetable proportions, the nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for visual storytelling use innovative techniques to capture their audience's attention. 

 

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Gillian Duffy
New York Magazine
Make

When chefs throw dinner parties, it's no casual affair. Gillian Duffy takes us behind the scenes while three top toques entertain their friends, from a steak dinner in a tree to lamb tacos by the dozen. [Image shown above.]

 

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Meet the 2015 Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment Journalism Award Nominees

 

The more we learn about the way our food is produced, packaged, and sold, the more complicated our world seems to become. We live in an age of overabundance, except for those in food deserts; we eat organic food grown by workers laboring under suspect conditions; we grab drive-through burgers made from cows polluting our environment. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award in Food, Policy, and the Environment take on some of these hot-button issues, breaking down complex topics to the essential points, and shining a light on the uncomfortable truths we increasingly have to examine.

 

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Krissy Clark
The Secret Life of a Food Stamp,” “Save Money. Live Better,”... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication Journalism Nominees

 

As more and more publications add restaurant reviews, trend pieces, and recipes to their pages, food coverage has hit the mainstream. Each of the eclectic nominees in the James Beard Journalism Award for Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication category lends its distinct voice to its food coverage, proving that food writing can truly appeal to any appetite. 

 

GQ
The Editors of GQ

GQ brings its trademark fashion-forward sensibility to its food coverage, highlighting the hottest new trends in food and beverage, along with tips on which restaurants to frequent, and which to avoid, if you want to maintain your cultural cache. [Image shown above]

 

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Meet the 2015 Individual Food Blog Journalism Award Nominees

 

We’re proud to highlight an all-female lineup of nominees for this year’s James Beard Journalism Award for Individual Food Blog. These powerhouses embody the idea of the multi-hyphenate: they are the writers, photographers, editors, designers, illustrators, and marketers of their creations, each one inviting readers to view the world through a new, unique lens.

 

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Orangette
Molly Wizenberg

Seattle-based restaurateur, author, and podcast host Molly Wizenberg can trace her success back to Orangette, the blog she created in 2004 as a way to break into food writing, and which is as fantastic as ever. [Shown above]

 

 

 

 

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Meet the 2015 Group Food Blog Journalism Nominees

 

It’s 2015, which means that if you work at an office, you’ve probably spent some time perusing these blogs while on a conference call. 

 

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First We Feast
The winner of our 2014 Group Food Blog award is nominated again for its wry perspective on how food fits in to every aspect of our lives, from dining to travel to music to pop culture and more. [Image shown above]

 

 

 

Food52 
Food52 is based around creating a community of curious and adventurous home cooks, offering recipes and tips from essential go-to dishes to ambitious weekend projects to wet their readers’ literal and metaphorical appetites.

 

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Meet the 2015 Humor Journalism Nominees

 

If laughter is the best medicine, this year’s nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for humor are sure to keep you healthy. The writers look at the everyday minutiae of the food world, from street vendors to entertaining tips to restaurant reviews, and offer a new, if slightly twisted, take on it all.

 

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Lisa Hanawalt
Lucky Peach
Goodbye to All That Sugar, Spice, and Fat” 

Lisa Hanawalt bids adieu to the City that Never Sleeps with a whirlwind illustrated tour through the highs and lows (and risks and rewards) of New York’s street-food scene. [Image above]

 

 

 

 

Ben Schott with the Bon Appétit Editors
Bon Appétit
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Meet the 2015 Home Cooking Journalism Nominees

 

Restaurant toques may get all the glory, but it’s the home chef who keeps the family fed every day. This year’s nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Home Cooking take on the challenge of the daily meal, offering inspiration for a task that can often feel repetitive and tired.

 

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Julia Bainbridge
Yahoo! Food
The Truth Behind Cookbook Recipes

Julia Bainbridge spills the beans on the astonishingly unscientific method of cookbook recipe development and testing. [Image shown above]

 

 

Kathy Gunst
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