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The 2018 James Beard Media Award Winners

JBF Editors

April 27, 2018


JBF Award Winner Andrea Nguyen, who won the Cookbook Award for Single Subject (Photo: Elena North-Kelly) 

Congratulations to all the 2018 James Beard Media Award winners! Don't forget to tune in to the James Beard Awards Gala on May 7, when we'll announce the Restaurant and Chef Award winners. We'll be streaming the event live on Twitter and at, as well as tweeting the winners in real time. 

Catch up on all of this year's Media Award nominees with links to read and clips to watch, below:


Now on to the winners! 


The 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For books published in English in 2017.

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley
(University of Minnesota Press)

Baking and Desserts
BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts
Stella Parks
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Meehan's Bartender Manual
Jim Meehan
(Ten Speed Press)

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Samin Nosrat
(Simon and Schuster)

Health and Special Diets
Deepa’s Secrets
Deepa Thomas

Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando
(Ten Speed Press)

Cook Beautiful
Johnny Miller

Reference, History, and Scholarship
Peter Liem
(Ten Speed Press)

Restaurant and Professional
Modernist Bread
Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya
(The Cooking Lab)

Single Subject
The Pho Cookbook
Andrea Nguyen
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking
Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables
Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg
(Artisan Books)

The Cooking Gene
Michael W. Twitty

Book of the Year
The Cooking Gene
Michael W. Twitty

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Betty Fussell


2018 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

For radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, webcasts, and documentaries aired in 2017.

Director: Matthew Salleh
Producers: Daniel Joyce and Rose Tucker
Airs on: Netflix

Outstanding Personality/Host
Pati Jinich 
Pati’s Mexican Table
Airs on: WETA Washington; Distributed Nationally by American Public Television

The Sporkful
Host: Dan Pashman
Producers: Dan Pashman, Anne Noyes Saini, and Dan Charles
Airs on: Stitcher, iTunes

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
The Legacy of the Mississippi Delta Chinese
Host: Melissa Block
Producer: Elissa Nadworny
Airs on: NPR

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

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro
Host: Ina Garten
Producers: Rachel Purnell, Olivia Ball, and Bridget Lumley
Airs on: Food Network

Television Program, on Location
Chef’s Table: Jeong Kwan
Producers: David Gelb, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried
Airs on: Netflix

Television Segment
PBS NewsHour
Reporters: Allison Aubrey and Paul Solman
Producer: Mary Beth Durkin
Airs on: PBS

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional
Panna Cooking: Black Bean-Glazed Salmon with Ginger Cabbage
Host: Vivian Howard 
Producers: Amy Currie and Stephanie Roush
Airs on:

Video Webcast, on Location
Working 24 Hours at...
Host: Andrew Knowlton
Director: Vincent Cross
Producer: Matt Duckor
Airs on: YouTube and Bon Appétit Video

Visual and Technical Excellence
Food Talkies
Director, Photographer, Editor: Andrew Gooi
Airs on:


2018 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2017.

Missed Cues: “Get Help”; “Distilled Identity”; and “Destination, Small Town”
Osayi Endolyn

Dining and Travel
“In Pursuit of Perfect Hummus”
J.M. Hirsch
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Magazine

Feature Reporting 
“The NBA’s Secret Addiction”
Baxter Holmes
ESPN The Magazine

Food and Health
“The Great Nutrient Collapse”
Helena Bottemiller Evich

Food Section
Roads & Kingdoms
Nathan Thornburgh, Matt Goulding, Cara Parks, and the Roads & Kingdoms Team

“The Teenage Whaler’s Tale”
Julia O’Malley
High Country News

Home Cooking
“Thanksgiving Lessons” 
Adam Rapoport and the Bon Appétit Editorial Team
Bon Appétit

“Pumpkin Spice Life”
Maura Judkis
The Washington Post

Innovative Storytelling 
“The New Essentials of French Cooking”
Melissa Clark, Emily Weinstein, Barbara deWilde, and Alexandra Eaton
The New York Times

Investigative Reporting 
“‘The Only Good Muslim’ ” and “Compromised”
Ted Genoways with The Food & Environment Reporting Network
The New Republic

Local Impact
“Farm to Chapel”; “They Ditched Vienna Sausages for Porterhouse Steaks and Lobster at West Grove Cookout”; and “How a Secular Jewish Baker Became Miami’s Kosher King”
Carlos Frías
Miami Herald

Personal Essay
“Dear Women: Own Your Stories”
Lisa Donovan

“She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared.” 
Mayukh Sen

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“The Pu-Erh Broker”
Max Falkowitz

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Counter Intelligence: “The World’s Best Restaurant Opens a Pop-Up in Mexico”; “At Vespertine, Jonathan Gold Makes Contact with Otherworldly Cooking”; “Jonathan Gold Finds Delight in the Secretive Santa Monica Restaurant Dialogue”
Jonathan Gold
Los Angeles Times

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“Who Owns Uncle Ben?”
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

Publication of the Year
The Salt


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The 2018 James Beard Awards are proudly hosted by Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association and presented in association with Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports, as well as the following partners: Premier Sponsors: All-Clad Metalcrafters, American Airlines, HMSHost, HOODZ: a BELFOR Company, Illinois Office of Tourism, Lavazza, S.Pellegrino®Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, TABASCO® Sauce, Woodford Reserve Bourbon; Supporting Sponsors: Breville®, Corporate Essentials, Hyatt, National Restaurant Association™, Robert Mondavi Winery, Skuna Bay Salmon, Taylor Precision Products, Valrhona, Windstar Cruises; Gala Reception Sponsors: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Ecolab, Front of the House®, Kendall College, Mercedes-Benz; with additional support from: Chefwear, Emmi Roth, Loacker, and VerTerra Dinnerware.

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