The 2015 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards: Complete Winner Recap


Thanks for joining us for the 2015 Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards! Here's the full list of tonight's winners. Congratulations to all! 



2015 Book, Broadcast & Journalism Award Winners

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Book Awards


Cookbook Hall of Fame


Barbara Kafka



Cookbook of the Year: 


Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition

David Sterling

(University of Texas Press)



American Cooking 



Sean Brock




Baking and Dessert  


Flavor Flours:... Read more >

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The 2015 JBF Publication of the Year: Gravy

Directional, multiplatform, and enriching, Gravy, a publication of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), has a vital mission: “to document, study, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.” The SFA publication and its affiliated podcast deliver splendidly on that mission. Led by editor-in-chief John T. Edge, who is also director of the SFA, the magazine is edited by Sara Camp Arnold. Tina Antolini hosts and produces the Gravy podcast. Taken together, Gravy finds inventive and provocative ways to tell compelling stories.


Although slight in size, this quarterly magazine, delivered to all SFA members and paired with its weekly podcasts, is broad and effective in its editorial intent. We want to read it and listen to it, to engage with the foodways and oral traditions of real people. Neither generational nor biased, with stories both urban and rural, Gravy invites us into the cultural and... Read more >

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2015 JBF Journalism Award Winners

Molly Wizenberg (Photo by Anna Mowry)


Here's our final recap from tonight's ceremony: the Journalism Award winners! Stay tuned for Publication of the Year.


The 2015 Journalism Award winners:


Dining and Travel


The India Issue

The Editors of Saveur




Food and Culture 


“The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers”

Rebecca Flint Marx

San Francisco Magazine



Food and Health


“Against the Grain”

Michael Specter

The New Yorker



Food-Related Columns



Tamar Haspel

The Washington Post


 ... Read more >

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2015 JBF Broadcast Media Award Winners

The Kitchen Sisters (Photo by Anna Mowry)


Here are the winners of this year's Broadcast Media Awards. We will reveal the winner of the Outstanding Personality/Host award at the end of the night.


The 2015 Broadcast Media Award winners, presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts:




The Feed Podcast

Hosts: Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky

Producers: Matt Cunningham and Steve Dolinsky

Airs on:



Radio Show/Audio Webcast 


Hidden Kitchens World

Producers: The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)

Airs on: NPR





Food Chains

Host: Forest Whitaker... Read more >

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The 2015 JBF Book Award Winners

Photo by Anna Mowry


Here are tonight's Book Award winners! The winner of the Cookbook of the Year award will be announced toward the end of the ceremony.


Want to add some of these winners to your collection? Purchase them (or anything!) from our Amazon store and a percentage of the sale will be donated to JBF.



The 2015 Book Award winners:


American Cooking 



Sean Brock




Baking and Dessert  


Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours

Alice Medrich






Liquid Intelligence:... Read more >

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2015 JBF Cookbook Hall of Fame: Barbara Kafka


This award is given to a cookbook or body of work that has had a significant and enduring impact on the way we cook and understand food.


“I love food of all kinds, lean and meaty, acid and sweet, elegant and down to earth. I hope I can give my readers some of my pleasure, my love.” These words by Barbara Kafka, this year’s Cookbook Hall of Fame honoree, give a sense of the intensity of her passion for writing meticulous and generous cookbooks.


A prodigious researcher, a gifted writer with a clear voice and a sharp intellect, a compulsive accumulator of facts and data, and a wonderfully precise creator of recipes, Barbara Kafka has given us a series of remarkable books. In each she starts from scratch, coming up with interesting questions and then figuring out answers, never working from received wisdom. The result is a body of work that, book by book, has transformed the culinary landscape.


Kafka broke new ground with the best-selling Microwave Gourmet... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Outstanding Personality/Host Broadcast Award Nominees


With so many resources for recipes, restaurants, and culinary curiosities, it can seem overwhelming to try to figure out what exactly you want to learn or discover. That’s where this year’s nominees for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Personality/Host come in. These individuals strive to be curators for home cooks and amateur anthropologist—foodies, inviting us into their kitchens or having us tag along on their adventures to help ensure viewers get only the cream of the content crop. 




Host: Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
Airs on: Food Network

After over a decade on the air, Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa sets the standard for high-quality, elegant entertaining recipes. Self-assured without ever being patronizing, Garten... Read more >

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Interview with David Chang of Outstanding Restaurant Nominee Momofuku Noodle Bar


When David Chang opened his first restaurant in 2004, he lit a ramen-noodle fuse that set off a New York sensation and a launching pad for an international empire. Now that Momofuku Noodle Bar is an Outstanding Restaurant nominee, we caught up with the culinary icon—a winner of nearly every Beard Award (and non-Beard Award) out there and one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People—to discuss why he considers himself a “normavore,” the inspiration behind Momofuku’s cult-favorite culinary lab, and the unsung heroes of his business.




JBF: You won the Rising Star Chef award while you were at Momofuku Noodle Bar in 2007, Outstanding Chef in 2013, and now the restaurant itself is up for Outstanding Restaurant this year. Can you tell us anything about Noodle Bar’s evolution during this time?


... Read more >

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How to Follow the 2015 Beard Awards

Lyric Opera of Chicago


Not joining us at the ceremonies in Chicago or New York this year? Not a problem. It's easy to follow the Beards online.


Our Twitter feed will be fired up for tonight's Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards ceremony at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York, as well as for the James Beard Awards Gala at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4. Winners will be tweeted as they are announced on stage. As always, you can use hashtag #jbfa to participate in Awards-related tweeting.


Also on May 4, we'll be streaming the ceremony live at And make sure to come back to for Awards-... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Visual and Technical Excellence Broadcast Award Nominees


These days, anyone with a smartphone can call themselves a food photographer, but fortunately, the skilled eye of a professional can still easily stand out against the crowd. The nominees for this year’s James Beard Award in Visual and Technical Excellence reveal the nuance and subtlety of food imagery, going far beyond the basic concept of “food porn” to convey the intimate details and raw connections we form with what we grow, cook, and eat.



A Chef’s Life
Director: Cynthia Hill
Director of Photography: Rex Miller
Editor: Tom Vickers

So much of the common conception of restaurant life is based around major metropolises, but beyond the bright city lights, owning a running a restaurant still presents a daunting task. A Chef’s Life documents the everyday stumbling blocks and... Read more >

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