Carol Blymire: It's Killing Me Not to Peek

Because I’m a former political speechwriter, I’m geeking out backstage before the awards begin… watching them edit TelePrompTer copy, listening to Jean-Georges Vongerichten run his lines for the award he’ll be announcing, and staring at the medals and the envelopes containing the winners’ names.

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Awards Watch: Live from Lincoln Center!

Our favorite culinary stars are arriving on the red carpet, tonight’s featured chefs are setting up for the reception, and our team of guest bloggers is gearing up for the festivities. Once again, we’d like to introduce tonight’s guest bloggers who’ll be reporting, eating, and rubbing elbows with all the fabulous food folk: Just like years past, the team at Savory Cities will be joining Jennifer Leuzzi of Snack on the red carpet. Jennifer, a veteran of the JBF Awards, will also be checking in to share her unique perspective throughout the night. Carol Blymire: She tackled the French Laundry Cookbook and is now making her way through the avant garde recipes of Alinea at Alinea at Home. Marcia Gagliardi: Flying in from San Francisco, the author of the e-column tablehopper reviews restaurants and bars i

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Awards Watch: Media & Book Awards, in Photos

While we wait for things to get going at Lincoln Center, here are some photos from last night's Media & Book Awards at Espace: (Photos by Kent Miller)

JBF President Susan Ungaro poses for a photo with Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern, and friends

A row of reception cocktails

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Awards Watch: Journalism Awards

We'll leave you with this year's Journalism Award winners—we're off to SD26 for Chefs' Night Out and a bit of revelry. See you back here at 5:00 P.M. tomorrow!

Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs: Jared Jacang Maher, Westword, “A Hunger to Help”

Newspaper Feature Writing: Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, “The Real American Pie”

Food-Related Columns: Rachel Wharton, Edible Brooklyn, Column: Back of the House

Newspaper Food Section: The Washington Post, Joe Yonan

Reporting on Health, Environment, or Nutrition: Rowan Jacobsen, EatingWell, “…Or Not to Bee”

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Awards Watch: Broadcast Media Award Winners

We've just wrapped up the Broadcast Media Awards segment of the program—just in time for Karen DeMasco's white chocolate panna cotta with morello cherries and cherry sorbet. Highlight: a humbled and flattered Andrew Zimmern, upon accepting his award for TV Food Personality, gave a shout-out to Cookbook-Hall-of-Fame inductee Claudia Roden. "Claudia, you write about eyeballs and sheep testicles, and that's where I always like to start eating!" he declared. Here are the 2010 Broadcast Media Award winners: Audio Webcast or Radio Show: The Kojo Nnamdi Show Video Webcast: The Greenmarket: One Farmer’s Story, from seriouseats.com Television Segment: ABC News Nightline Television Show, On Location: Chefs A’ Field: King of Alaska Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location: French Food at Home with Laura Calder Television Special:

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Award Watch: JBF Media & Book Awards Cont.

Here are the remaining 2010 JBF Book Award winners: Healthy Focus: Love Soup: 160 All-New Vegetarian Recipes from the Author of “The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas International: The Country Cooking of Ireland by Colman Andrews Photography: Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way Photographer: Santiago Soto Monllor Reference and Scholarship: Encyclopedia of Pasta by Oretta Zanini de Vita, Translated by Maureen B. Fant Single Subject: Pasta Sfoglia by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky with Susan

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Awards Watch: The Curtain Has Risen on the JBF Media & Book Awards

After an opening video montage that included footage from our Jeopardy! appearance, JBF President Susan Ungaro took the stage at the JBF Media & Book Awards to thank our sponsors and lead the packed room in a Stella toast. She then introduced hosts Andrew Zimmern and Kelly Choi—the latter a vision in peak-of-the-season strawberry red—who took over the podium and launched into the first cookbook awards of the night. Early winners included Real Cajun by NOLA hero Donald Link ("I wrote this book for my kids," he said) and Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller. Always a class act, chef Keller saluted fellow nominee Marco Canaro, and also confessed that he hadn't expected to come out ahead of Judith Jones, whose book, The Pleasures of Cooking for One," was also up for consideration. Here are the winners so far: American Cooking: Real Cajun by Donald Link with Paula Disbrowe (this book is for his kids) Baking and Dessert:

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On the Menu: May 2 through May 8

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, May 2, 6:00 P.M. 2010 James Beard Foundation Media & Book Awards To welcome the James Beard Foundation Book Awards to our annual Media Awards dinner and ceremony, this year’s Chefs have been selected not only for their culinary accomplishments but also for their literary prowess. In addition to their talents behind the stove, each of our chefs is a respected cookbook author who has shared his or her culinary secrets with an eager reading (and cooking) audience. Monday, May 3, 6:00 P.M. 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception The culinary industry is built on a tradition of mentorship – a tra

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