Meet the 2015 MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award Journalism Nominees

eater

 

Prolific author M.F.K. Fisher set the standard for food writing, blending memoir, travel, and culinary musings to capture audiences over the course of 27 books. The nominees for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award continue her legacy by employing food as a narrative guide to communicate the important stories of their lives.

 

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John DeVore
Eater
Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell

For John DeVore, Taco Bell means far more than chalupas and chimichangas. In his passionate ode for Eater, DeVore reveals how the fast food giant came to embody his childhood, his family, and his heritage. [Image shown above]

 

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Adam Gollner
Lucky Peach
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Enter Our #JBFSNACKS Contest to Win Dinner at the Beard House

 

We’ll be live-streaming the 2015 James Beard Awards on May 4. What will you be snacking on while you watch? Share your favorite party snacks with us between now and May 5, and you could win dinner for two at the Beard House! Here's how:

 

1. Follow @beardfoundation on Instagram

 

2. Post a photo of your favorite viewing-party snack and tag it with #jbfsnacks

 

3. You’ll be entered to win a FREE dinner for two at the Beard House in NYC​​

 

Happy snacking! 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Clothes Make the Chef

 

Before his days as editor-in-chief at Bon Appétit, Adam Rapoport reported to the publications department at the James Beard Foundation. Back in our 1997 Winter issue of Beard House Magazine, he detailed James Beard's glamorous style. Beard topped off his large, patterned suits with his most beloved accessory: the bow tie. Whether Beard was hitting the town or cooking in his kitchen, his appearance was always a sight to feast your eyes on. This year, a fancy pop-out paper bow tie adorned the James Beard Awards invite to honor Beard's signature style. For this week's Throwback Thursday, we're sharing some of our favorite quotes from Rapoport's article on a man who's imaginative style made just as big of an impression as his culinary vision:

 

"He didn't dress like anyone, period. But he did have a certain style."

 

"'My first time with James was, as for so many others, really quite memorable,' writes restaurant consultant Clark Wolf in Barbara's Kafka'... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award Journalism Nominees

Portland Monthly

 

When Craig Claiborne became the food editor at the New York Times, the food world was small and food writing essentially limited to home economics columns. Claiborne’s efforts combined food writing, journalism, and criticism to elevate the entire genre. Despite the industry’s rapid expansion in the ensuing half century, the nominees for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award have left their mark through their thoughtfully considered takes on their local restaurant scenes. 

 

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Karen Brooks
Portland Monthly

Karen Brooks, the current food critic for Portland Monthly, has covered the city’s food scene for three decades, tackling trends and tastes as the community of Portland has evolved. [Image above]

 

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JBF Awards to Be Celebrated in Chicago for 3 Years

 

The James Beard Foundation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Choose Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association announced today that the JBF Awards, which will take place in Chicago this year for the first time, will be returning to the city in 2016 and 2017. “We received a groundswell of enthusiastic support from chefs, restaurateurs, and sponsors all across the country when we announced that the silver anniversary of the Awards would take place in Chicago," said JBF president Susan Ungaro. "We are so proud to be welcoming this most prestigious of events for two more years,” added Mayor Emanuel. 
 
The 2015 JBF Awards will take place at Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015, and will be live streamed at jamesbeard.org/awards. As previously announced, on Friday, April 24, 2015, the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards Dinner, an exclusive event honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors,... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 16, 2015

 

Explore the wide variety of American sandwichdom. [NYT

 

Should the FDA need to approve additives in our food? [NPR

 

Eating alone can be fun, we promise. [HuffPo

 

A guide to the hottest wine bars around the country. [Bon Appétit

 

Take a look at the latest design trends for our favorite room in the house: the kitchen. [... Read more >

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Meet the 2015 Wines, Spirits, and Other Beverages Journalism Award Nominees

afar

 

From coffee to craft cocktails, the liquid in your cup can offer far more than mere refreshment. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Wine, Spirit, and Other Beverages present the stories behind the sips, quenching readers’ thirst for new imbibable insights.

 

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Gabrielle Hamilton
AFAR
Into the Vines

After sixteen years of championing and serving Sicilian wine at her New York City restaurant Prune, Gabrielle Hamilton finally visits the region, discovering deep connections with the men and women behind her much-beloved grapes. [Image included above]

 

 

Washington Post

 

M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post
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Cook with a JBF Award Winner via IfOnly

 

For the novice home cook who's looking to go pro, is there a better opportunity than learning straight from a Beard Award winner? Or, for the avid entertainer who wants to live large, is there anything more impressive than an iconic chef cooking an extravagant meal for your friends? 

 

We think not. That's why we've once again partnered with IfOnly to bring you the food lover's dream shop, filled with experiences and autographed cookbooks from JBF Award nominees and winners from around the country. From a private, multi-course meal prepared in your own kitchen by JBF Award winner and luminary Alice Waters to an afternoon apprenticeship with JBF Award winner Jonathan Waxman at Ba... Read more >

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In Memoriam: Homaro Cantu

 

The James Beard Foundation is deeply saddened by the news of acclaimed chef Homaro Cantu's passing yesterday at the age of 38. "The culinary community mourns the tragic loss of chef Homaru Canto, an immensely talented chef and friend of the James Beard Foundation,” said JBF president Susan Ungaro. “I fondly recall visiting his hydroponic farm at Moto last year and enjoyed his contagious enthusiasm for the next new thing. We will never know what more he could have accomplished. His loss is ours.”

 

Donations in his honor can be made to: 
Cantu Childrens Trust
1555 Sherman, Box 177
Evanston, IL 60201​

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Meet the 2015 Personal Essay Journalism Nominees

Garden & Gun

 

From holiday menus to vacation dinners to the first ice cream cone at the beginning of summer, our memories of food frequently influence our identities more than music, art, or even education. The nominees for the James Beard Journalism Award for Personal Essay are connected by a common thread of contemplation of meals past, transforming nostalgia into thoughtful commentary on the role of food in their larger lives and cultures.

 

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Rick Bragg
Garden and Gun
Requiem for a Fish Sandwich

Faced with new overfishing regulations and species depletions, Rick Bragg looks back on the glory days of grouper sandwiches to say goodbye to what once was. [Image shown above]

 

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