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The 2017 James Beard Media Award Winners

JBF Editors

April 25, 2017


In case you missed it, here's the full list of the 2017 Media Award winners. Congratulations to all! Don't forget to tune in to the James Beard Awards Gala on May 1. We'll be streaming the event live at and tweeting the winners in real time

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The 2017 James Beard Awards are presented in association with:
Chicago Department of Aviation
Illinois Office of Tourism
Proud Awards Hosts:
Choose Chicago 
Illinois Restaurant Association

Featured Partners:
Rodney Strong Vineyards
William Grant & Sons


The 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For books published in English in 2016. 

American Cooking
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes 
Ronni Lundy
(Clarkson Potter)

Baking and Dessert
Dorie’s Cookies
Dorie Greenspan
(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki
Martin Cate with Rebecca Cate
(Ten Speed Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View
Classic Koffmann 
Pierre Koffmann
(Jacqui Small)

General Cooking
Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, to Bake, to Eat, and to Treat 
Meike Peters

You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals 
Ellie Krieger
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan 
Naomi Duguid

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression 
Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe

Taste & Technique: Recipes to Elevate Your Home Cooking
Chris Court
(Ten Speed Press)

Reference and Scholarship
The Oxford Companion to Cheese 
Catherine Donnelly
(Oxford University Press)

Single Subject
Milk. Made: A Book About Cheese. How to Choose It, Serve It and Eat It 
Nick Haddow
(Hardie Grant)

Vegetable Cooking
The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook 
Salma Hage
(Phaidon Press)

Book of the Year
Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes 
Ronni Lundy
(Clarkson Potter)

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Judith Jones


The 2017 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards (Presented by Breville®)

For television, web, and radio programs aired in 2016. 

The Birth of Saké 
Director: Erik Shirai
Producer: Masako Tsumura
Airs on: iTunes, PBS, and

Outstanding Personality/Host
Andrew Zimmern
Andrew Zimmern’s Bucket List; Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food; Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Airs on: Travel Channel and

The Four Top
Host: Katherine Cole
Producers: Katherine Cole and Morgan Holm
Airs on: and iTunes

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
Hidden Kitchens: War & Peace & Food 
Producers: The Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva
Airs on: NPR's Morning Edition and

Special (on TV or Web)
Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes
Host: Lidia Bastianich
Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Lidia Bastianich, Anne Adams, and Shelly Burgess Nicotra
Airs on: PBS

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Fish the Dish
Host: Spencer Watts
Producer: Chris Knight
Airs on: Gusto and

Television Program, on Location
Chef's Table
Producers: David Gelb, Brian McGinn, Matthew Weaver, Andrew Fried, and Dane Lillegard
Airs on: Netflix 

Television Segment
Harvesting Alaska
Hosts: Heather Hintze and Lauren Maxwell
Producer: Gina Romero
Airs on: KTVA Anchorage and

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional
Kitchen Conundrums with Thomas Joseph
Host: Thomas Joseph
Producers: Samantha Schutz and Greta Anthony
Airs on: and YouTube

Video Webcast, on Location
Working 24 Hours at…
Director: Joe Williams
Host: Andrew Knowlton
Producer: Meghan Scibona
Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence
Director and Photographer: James Mann
Editors: Aaron Warzynski and James Fitzpatrick
Airs on:


2017 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2016. 

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

Dining and Travel
“I Want Crab. Pure Maryland Crab.”
Bill Addison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visual Storytelling
“Thrill Ride”
Vince Dixon and Mariya Pylayev

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

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
“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

Publication of the Year
Roads & Kingdoms