Awards Watch: Book Awards Recap

And finally, the Book Award winners, presented by Green & Black’s® Organic Chocolate: Cookbook Hall of Fame: On Food and Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee American Cooking: Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas Baking and Dessert: Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours by Kim Boyce Beverage: Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals by Jordan Mackay and Rajat Parr Cooking from a Professional Point of View: Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi General Cooking: The Essential New York Times Cook Book: Classic Recipes for a New Century by Amanda Hesser International: Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories by Grace Young Healthy Focus: The Simple Art of EatingWell Cookbook by Jessie Price & the EatingWell Test Kitchen Photography: Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine

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Awards Watch: Journalism Awards Recap

We just wrapped the Journalism Awards, which had some great moments! Check out the winners below and be sure to check back at the end of the night to find out if your favorite books came out on top. M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award: Jonathan Gold, LA Weekly, “A Movable Beast” Food Section of a General Interest Publication: San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné and Miriam Morgan Food-Related Feature: Dan Koeppel, Saveur, “Fruit of the Future” Food-Related Columns & Commentary: Tim Carman, Washington City Paper, “Ignore the Pizza Police,” “Supply and Da Men,” “Schmeer Campaign" Personal Essay: Tom Junod, Esquire, “My Mom Couldn’t Cook” Health and Nutrition: Rachael Moeller Gorman, EatingWell, “Captain of the Happier Meal” Environment, Food Politics, and Policy: Carl Safina, EatingWell, “Sea Change” Profile: Benjamin Wallace, New York, “The Restaurant Auteur” Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review: Patric Kuh, Los Angeles, “Animal Magnetism,” “Making Their Move,” “Time for a Redo?” Wine and Spirits: Jon Fine, Food & Wine, “Natural Wine: Weird or Wonderful?” Multimedia

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Awards Watch: Broadcast Media Awards Recap

We just finished up the Broadcast Media portion of the evening, presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts. Here’s a list of tonight’s first winners: Audio Webcast or Radio Show: Megan Williams, CBC Ideas: “Pasta: The Long and Short of It” Video Webcast: Jay Selman, GrapeRadio Television Segment: Bill Owens and Kara Vaccaro, 60 Minutes: “Chef José Andrés” Television Program, On Location: Justin Barocas, Heather Brown, and Geoffrey Drummond, Avec Eric Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location: Top Chef: Season 7 Television Special/Documentary: Declan O’Driscoll and Kevin O’Keefe, Milk War TV Food Personality/Host: Alton Brown, Good Eats The Journalism Awards are up next. And stay tuned for the Book Awards!

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Awards Watch: Where were you when…?

We asked some of tonight’s nominees to tell us where they were when they got the news they were up for a James Beard Foundation Award. Here are their stories: “I was actually in my pajamas, typing madly at my home computer, on deadline and ensnared in that light caffeinated panic that I find closes so many deadlines. Grasping for a phrase, I dipped on to Facebook, which I do and don't recommend. And then a message pinged in from Jonathan Gold, congratulating me! I had no idea about what so I tripped over myself, in a computer-window-opening, computer-window-closing sort of way, to find out. Happy!  I met my deadline, then went upstairs to tell my husband. Before I left the house I tucked a bottle of bubbly in the fridge (Schramsberg blanc de blancs.) We had it as soon as I got back from work. I'm still floating on air! People always ask me, it's your tenth nomination, do you still care? I care profoundly. Writing is such a lonely endeavor, the lag between publishing and writing makes it lonelier, but the Beard Awards make a lonely writer feel not alone at all, but celebrated. I'm so grateful.” --Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, nominated tonight for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished

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Awards Watch: Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

The JBF Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards are about to get started! Our hosts, Emmy Award winner Ted Allen and Top Chef’s lovely Gail Simmons, are about to take the stage. Stay tuned throughout the night for recaps of the winners, or follow us on twitter at @beardfoundation for up-to-the minute news.

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James Beard and the Art of Picnicking

Michael White Picnic Recipes Perhaps we’ve said it before, but James Beard loved picnics. “Since my earliest recollections of food, I have fancied picnics and eating out of doors more than any other fashion of eating,” Beard writes in his memoir, Delights & Prejudices (our blog’s namesake), “It is perfectly true that under these circumstances food tastes better. One relishes the fresh air and the escape from crowds, and delights in being simply oneself.” Jim goes on to reminisce about a picnic that coincided with an important first. “I can recall my first automobile ride, we drove in a huge touring car…it was an exciting day for all of us, for picnicking in a car was relatively rare, and to drive out of town with a hamper of food was a great adventure. I remember this picnic especially, because it had been suggested at the spur of the moment

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Wine Wisdom: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Wine writer and critic Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, who recently published Drink This, took home her fifth JBF Award last week. (The winning article, "Chardonnay Uncorked," can be found here.) We recently caught up with Dara and asked her which up-and-coming wine regions consumers should keep an eye on. Find out her answers to that and more here.

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