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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What We Read in 2015

 

Here are some of our favorite food reads from 2015. Catch up on this year’s trends, treats, and more while you count down to the new year.

 

Beef—it's what’s for dinner, and lunch, and breakfast: how the meat industry has influenced nutrition guidelines. [The Atlantic

 

A peek into the eternally inquisitive mind of Ferran Adrià. [NYT

 

The haphazard science and unlikely history of artificial flavors. [FWF

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JBF on the Air: Alan Richman

Alan Richman on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis sat down with Alan Richman, the multiple JBF Award–winning writer, restaurant critic, and the French Culinary Institute's dean of food journalism. Alan explored the constantly changing restaurant landscape in New York City, and shared his opinions on anonymous food critics. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, host Mitchell Davis welcomed cultural sociologist and Columbia University professor Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios to discuss just why it's so vital to keep the conversations about food flowing. The pair mulled over food writing, the landscape of our current culinary culture, the impact of social media, and much more. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced,... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Gabriella Gershenson

Gabriella Gershenson on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On yesterday’s episode of Taste Matters, Gabriella Gershenson joined JBF’s Mitchell Davis in the studio to talk about her latest gig as food writer and editor for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine. She talks about the evolution of food television and the magazine’s goal of creating a fun, easy read that appeals to home cooks. Her writing also appears in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Edible Manhattan, and several other publications. She also appears as a judge on the Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle. Listen below to learn about Every Day with Rachael Ray’s upcoming September issue, her favorite cannoli recipe, and the restaurants on Gabriella’s radar:

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Announcing the Latest List from the JBF Book Awards Committee: Fourteen Great Reads for Food Lovers

An essential list of food writing curated by the James Beard Foundation Book Awards Committee

 

The thought of firing up the oven during a heat wave probably doesn't appeal to most of us, but we can all agree that mellowing out with some absorbing food writing on a summer's day is highly worthwhile. And thanks to our latest list of JBF-approved books, you'll know just which tomes to throw into your tote for that escape to the beach.

 

Announced today, our Fourteen Great Reads for Food Lovers list is curated by members of the James Beard Foundation Book Awards Committee (the same folks who brought you Twenty Essential Books to Build Your Culinary Library and... Read more >

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