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

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Beard House Recipe: Lamb’s Neck with Duck Yolk Custard, Pickled Radishes, and Sunchokes


Lamb’s Neck with Duck Yolk Custard, Pickled Radishes, and Sunchokes / Cambridge Cookout


Earlier this fall, a formidable group of culinary colleagues packed up their knives and embarked on a road trip to the Beard House for a decadent feast celebrating innovative Boston-area fare. From seaweed crackers with beets, ricotta, hazelnut, and orange to grassfed Black Angus rib roast with wild bay leaves, kombu, compressed heirloom tomatoes, mussel sabayon, and sea rocket purée to beach plum tarts with sunflower seeds, yogurt, beach rose–Champagne sorbet, and fennel pollen, the entire evening was an edible study of the rich flavors of New England terroir. While Bean Town is only an Amtrak ride from New York City, we couldn't fathom going without a repeat serving of the fork-tender lamb course before our next journey up north... Read more >

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'Gram Worthy: Fluke Crudo and Uni with Asian Pear, Concord Grapes, and Puffed Tapioca


If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. 


Named for its perch on a picturesque San Francisco slope, the casually elegant Hillside Supper Club boasts a seasonally driven menu of Italian-influenced California fare. During their recent Beard House dinner, chefs Tony Ferrari and Jonathan Sutton dazzled guests with an array of elegant, autumn dishes from pa... Read more >

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Video: JBF Award Winner Mark Ladner's Appetizing Advice


Hot off his win for Best Chef: New York City at last year’s Beard Awards, Del Posto's Mark Ladner made a triumphant return to Chicago earlier this fall as one of our JBF Taste America All-Stars. After leaving guests swooning the night before with a one-of-a-kind collaborative dinner, Ladner appeared at Sur La Table to prove that his lauded Italian fare can be translated to the home kitchen. Demonstrating two Italian-inspired canapés, lobster and mayonnaise tramezzini (classic Venetian tea sandwiches) and chickpea fritters with truffles and fontina cheese, Ladner advocated for the innate power of a gooey, molten cheese center, and advised starting all your parties as he does—with sparkling wine.... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 30


Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:


Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 P.M.

Basque Holiday

Atlanta hot spot Cooks & Soldiers draws its name from the annual Tamborrada festival in San Sebastián, where costumed locals march to the beat of drums and feast on Basque cuisine. Join us at the Beard House as Landon Thompson and John Castellucci transport guests to Spain for a sumptuous dinner sure to get your toes tapping.


Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 P.M.

East Meets West

After working his way through several high-end restaurants along the Pacific, chef Tin Vuong set his sights on BlackHouse Hospitality, where he now oversees the group’s ultra-hip cuisine. Join us for a taste of Little Sister’s European-inflected So... Read more >

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Beard House Highlight: Smoked Deviled Eggs with Crispy Bacon, Pickled Jalapeños, and Chives

Photo by Fortunato M. Ramin


Beard House Highlight: Smoked Deviled Eggs with Crispy Bacon, Pickled Jalapeños, and Chives / Bay Area Brilliants


We live in a world where showstoppers reign supreme. Our social media feeds are crammed full of Cronuts and Nutellasagnas, whole-pig roasts, and foie gras hot dogs. But sometimes the most telling evidence of an expert hand comes from the more subtle tweaks, as was the case at our star-studded Bay Area Brilliants dinner, which featured Jennifer Puccio and JBF Award winners Emily Luchetti and Jonathan Waxman. Puccio kicked off the night with these stunning smoked deviled eggs she serves at Park Tavern in San Francisco, immediately winning over Beard House guests with her elevated take... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Sea Beans


WHAT?  Nautical haricots verts. Popeye may have had spinach, but a seafaring vegetarian's delight is the sea bean. The American sea bean is a type of samphire [SAM-fy-uhr] known as salicornia. Its other aliases are glasswort (it was used to make glass at one time), marsh samphire, and sea pickle. Sea beans proliferate on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Some have spiky green leaves that make the plant look like a skinny miniature cactus without the needles. Others look surprisingly similar to Chinese long beans. The crisp leaves and stems smell and taste like sea salt. Fresh sea beans can be found from the summer through the fall, and are best when used fresh or pickled. When cooked, sea beans have a tendency to taste salty and even fishy.


WHERE? New England Thanksgiving

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Quick Bites: Thanksgiving Leftovers


Turkey making you too tired to cook? Here are some easy day-after ideas for using up Thanksgiving leftovers.

Mashed Potato Pancakes
Mix leftover mashed potatoes with finely diced ham, shredded Parmesan, and one egg. Chill mixture and then mold into small patties. Dip each patty into flour, then beaten egg, and then bread crumbs and panfry in vegetable oil over medium-high heat until golden brown.

Stuffing Hash
Fry leftover stuffing in olive oil until crisp. Top with a poached egg.

Curried Turkey Salad
Mix 3/4 cup plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons curry powder, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Combine with 3 cups cubed turkey, 1/2 cup shredded carrot, ½ cup shredded cucumber, and 1/4 cup dried cranberries. Garnish with chopped cashews.

Cranberry Cheesecake
Top cheesecake with chilled cranberry sauce. Done.
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Ask a Chef: November Beard House Toques Share the Best Advice They've Ever Received


As we bundle up and brace for the dropping temperatures, there's practically nothing we enjoy more than warming ourselves from the outside in by feasting on autumn's colorful bounty. With the frost setting in, we welcome a formidable roster of culinary talent to the Beard House. Highlighting cuisines and techniques from across the globe, these top toques bring tastes of Arizona, the Bay Area, Chicago, and the U.K. (just to name a few) to the Big Apple.


We asked our November guest chefs to share the most memorable and encouraging advice they've ever received—read on to see find out what tokens of truth these chefs hold near and dear.

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Eye Candy: Bone-In Pork Belly with Celeriac Mousseline, Oyster Mushrooms, and Cured Duck Yolks

Photo by Jeff Gurwin


At CRāVing in upstate New York, chef Adam Goetz makes the most of every single ingredient: he carefully preserves each season’s harvest, turns milk from a nearby dairy into cheese, makes his own charcuterie, and practices whole-animal butchery to round off his extensive local pantry. So it’s no surprise that at his recent Beard House dinner Goetz served a menu that truly honored and highlighted the flavors of the Empire State’s remarkable bounty. With dishes like mortadella-stuffed agnolotti and milk-fed veal carpaccio with black pepper–olive oil croutons, guests were treated to an evening full of impeccable farm-inspired fare. A fan favorite of the night was the cured, smoked, and braised bone-in pork belly from T-Meadow Farm. The luscious, tender pork belly was matched with a creamy celeriac mousseline, earthy mushrooms, a tangy kale stem... Read more >

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