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Required Reading: The 2017 Journalism Award Nominees

JBF Editors

April 12, 2017


From rainbow bagels to Salt Bae to tipping debates, so much of our day-to-day media is grounded in food. As our 2017 JBF Journalism Award nominees show, what we feed ourselves reflects the feeds on our screens.

With deep dives into the goings-on of our gut bacteria to investigations into the history of reubens to the latest restaurant reviews, this year's nominees prove that there are plenty of good reasons to make food a part of your media diet.

Read all the exciting pieces from our nominees below, and be sure to follow us on Tuesday, April 25, when we announce the winners at the Media Awards in New York City. 


“Can Wine Save Our Fading Love Affair with France?”; “Australian Wine's Return to Cool”; and “Can a Wine List Help Narrow the Gender Gap?”
Jon Bonné

“Eat”: “A Haitian Grandmother’s Home-Cooked Porridge”; “Kimchi Fried Rice, Korean Comfort Food”; and “Casa Calamari”
Francis Lam
The New York Times Magazine

“Top Chef is Leaving Mpls. and it's the Most Courageous Story of the Year”; “A Legend in the Baking”; and “King of the Roast”
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

Dining and Travel
The France Issue
Adam Sachs, Leslie Pariseau, and Saveur staff

“I Want Crab. Pure Maryland Crab.”
Bill Addison

“New York City Versus San Francisco”
Peter Meehan
Lucky Peach

Food and Culture
“The Barnacle Queens of the Spanish Seaside”
Matt Goulding
Roads & Kingdoms

“A Last Dinner in the Jungle”
Shane Mitchell
Roads & Kingdoms

“Sonoko Dreams of Soba”
Francis Lam

Food and Health
“Brain Food”
Hunter Lewis, Carolyn Williams, Sidney Fry, and Peggy Knickerbocker
Cooking Light

“More Than a Gut Feeling”
Moises Velasquez-Manoff

“You Need This”
Shaun Dreisbach

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication
The New Yorker Food Issue
David Remnick, Lauren Collins, Dana Goodyear, and Carolyn Kormann

Roads & Kingdoms
Nathan Thornburgh, Matt Goulding, and Cara Parks

Washington Post Food 
Joe Yonan and Bonnie Benwick

Food Reporting
“Exploited in Paradise” series
Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason
Associated Press

“Farm to Fable” series
Laura Reiley
Tampa Bay Times

“3 Part Series on Syrian Wheat as a Weapon of War” series
Emma Beals

Home Cooking
“The Amazingly Simple Path to Incredible Homemade Bagels”
Becky Krystal and Alex Baldinger
The Washington Post

“How to Cook, Smoke, Crumble, Grind, Pickle, Candy, Milk, Slow Cook, Toast, Pulverize, and Fry a Nut”
Hunter Lewis, Cheryl Slocum, and Robin Bashinsky
Cooking Light

“How to Make Rich, Flavorful Caramel Without Melting Sugar”
Stella Parks
Serious Eats

“Maybe Just Don’t Drink Coffee”
Matt Buchanan

“Recipes with Roots: The True Meaning of Turkey”
Francis Lam
Cooking Light

“Who Really Invented the Reuben?”
Elizabeth Weil

Local Impact
“‘Free Crabs!’”; “A Significant Goodbye”; “Feeding the Prison System”
Hanna Raskin
The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)

“Plates in the Air”; Got (Non-GMO) Milk?”; “Jailhouse Beets”
Hannah Palmer Egan
Seven Days (Burlington, VT)

“Southern Season’s Woes Ripple Through State”; “True Story of a Chef's Chef”; “Pitmaster: Sam Jones Takes ’Cue to the Next Level”
Andrea Weigl
The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

Personal Essay
“All I Want Are Some Potato Skins”
Keith Pandolfi
Serious Eats

“The Culinary Education of Mr. Mozzarella Stix”
Mark Anthony Green

“In Sickness, in Health, in White Castle”
Allison Robicelli

“Finding Pete Wells: A Search for America's Most Dangerous Restaurant Critic”
Kevin Alexander

“My Dinners with Harold”
Daniel Duane
The California Sunday Magazine

“Smoke Signals”
Julia Kramer
Bon Appétit

Visual Storytelling
“How to Make Beer-Can Chicken”
Andrew Jive, Eric Gillin, and Matt Duckor

“Thrill Ride”
Vince Dixon and Mariya Pylayev

“Twilight of the Four Seasons”
Gary He and Matt Buchanan

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“The Great Craft Beer Sellout”
Dave Infante

“The 24-Year-Old Coca-Cola Virgin”
Jamie Lauren Keiles

“Where Does Wine Come From?”
Adam Leith Gollner

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Counter Intelligence: “Destroyer Blows Up the Norm”; “Red Sauce, Royal Treatment”; “Bubbling Cauldrons of Goodness”
Jonathan Gold
Los Angeles Times

“Dinner, Transcending”; “The Future of the Steakhouse Has Arrived, and It's in Chicago”; “Is the World Ready for the Austere Beauty of Günter Seeger?”
Bill Addison

“High Chairs and Hard Core”; “The X-Files”; “Beyond Biscuits and Gravy”
Karen Brooks
Portland Monthly

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“The Dog Thief Killings”
Calvin Godfrey
Roads & Kingdoms

“Good Graces”
Carolyn Phillips
Life and Thyme

“Sonoko Dreams of Soba”
Francis Lam


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