Awards Watch: How the Book Awards Are Judged


Tell people you are a food writer and often they assume you're a restaurant critic. 


It's the same when I tell people that I serve on the James Beard Foundation's Book Awards subcommittee. They assume I pick the winning books. The reality is that my fellow subcommittee members and I are administrators, not judges. 


Each January, we gather at the Foundation's accounting firm in New York City with the 400-plus books that have been entered for consideration. We review all of the books to make sure they qualify based on the rules. We make sure they are entered in the correct categories. We each oversee a category or two and assign independent judges to those categories. Each category has four... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Restaurant Design Entries Due January 29

James Beard Foundation Restaurant Design Award Entries Due January 29

Designers and architects, take note: we're getting into the final stretch of the entry period for JBF's 2016 Restaurant Design Awards. Submissions for our committee's consideration are due Friday, January 29. We're accepting entries in two categories: Outstanding Restaurant Design: 75 Seats and Under; and Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. Any restaurant or design project that was completed or redone in North America after January 1, 2013 is eligible.


Want to enter? ... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Highlights from the 2015 James Beard Awards


Roll out the red carpet: with the announcement of Oscar nominations today, it's officially awards season! Our 2016 Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists will be announced on February 17, 2015. To make sure you get your JBFA fix until then, we’re looking back at last year's bash, full of stars, songs, sips, snacks, and lots of celebration. Check out the video above for highlights from the 2015 Beard Awards, and start dusting those mothballs off your gowns and tuxedos for this year's fête.


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Awards Watch: Journalism Entries Due January 6

James Beard Foundation Journalism Award Entries Due January 6


Paging food journalists! The entry period for next year's JBF Journalism Awards is drawing to a close. Submissions for 2016 consideration are due this Wednesday, January 6. 


Want to add your work to the mix? Register and submit entries here. 


2016 Journalism Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards will be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Broadcast Media Entries Due January 6

2016 James Beard Broadcast Media Award entries are due January 6


Attention hosts, producers, and directors: we're in the final days of our entry period for the 2016 Broadcast Media Awards. Entries are due Wednesday, January 6. 


Want to add your work to the mix? Register and submit entries here. 


2016 Broadcast Media Award nominees will be announced on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards will be held at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City on Tuesday, April 26,... Read more >

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Our Editors’ Favorite Dishes of 2015

With over 250 events held annually around the country, each year of JBF programming takes the pulse of our national culinary scene. Our favorite dishes of 2015 represent the nibbles ne plus ultra that spiked our collective heart rate. From trendy hors d’oeuvre (an avocado toast par excellence) to hearty mains (a pepper-packed Lone Star State brisket) to genre-bending desserts (sweet English peas and chocolate), the past year proved to be one of unexpected delights, comforting classics, and most of all, ample evidence that American cooking is very much alive and well. Read on for our full list of this year’s standouts.



Avocado with Toasted Pumpernickel, Smoked Whitefish, and Pink Peppercorns


Alon Shaya, Shaya, New Orleans (served at the Beard House)


If 2014... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Book Awards Submissions Due December 11

Submissions for the 2016 James Beard Book Awards are due December 11, 2015


Calling all authors, editors, and other publishing-industry folk: you have two business weeks left to send us your submissions for the 2016 JBF Book Awards. Entries are due by Friday, December 11.


Want to add your work to the mix? Register and submit entries here. Our Book Award categories, described in greater detail here, are:



Baking and Desserts

Beverage... Read more >

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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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Sponsored Post: Donnie Madia, Restaurateur, JBF Award Winner, and Mariano’s Tastemaker


When Donnie Madia took to the podium to accept the 2015 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur, he spoke of 1999, when he was about to open Blackbird and was one of four young guys who just wanted to “open 67 seats and do something special in Chicago.”


Many years later, Madia now oversees the eight concepts (including a James Beard Award–winning cocktail bar) that comprise One Off Hospitality. Even with all of that growth and success, we have a hunch that Donnie still knows the exact number of seats he’s managing.


Donnie’s leadership skills, eye for style, and instincts for Chicagoans’ tastes have helped him clinch his status as one of the most respected restaurateurs in the country. He also gets an assist from... 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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