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The 2019 James Beard Media Award Winners

JBF Editors

April 26, 2019


Veronica Chambers, Alexander Smalls, and JJ Johnson photo by Kent Miller Studios
American Cookbook Award winners Veronica Chambers, Alexander Smalls, and JJ Johnson (Photo: Kent Miller Studios)

Congratulations to the 2019 James Beard Media Award winners! Don't forget to tune in to the James Beard Awards Gala on May 6, 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 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For cookbooks and other non-fiction food- or beverage-related books that were published in the U.S. in 2018.

Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day
JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls with Veronica Chambers
(Flatiron Books)

Baking and Desserts
SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East
Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
(Hardie Grant Books)

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition
Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack

Milk Street: Tuesday Nights
Christopher Kimball
(Little, Brown and Company)

Health and Special Diets
Eat a Little Better
Sam Kass
(Clarkson Potter)

Feast: Food of the Islamic World
Anissa Helou

Tokyo New Wave
Andrea Fazzari
(Ten Speed Press)

Reference, History, and Scholarship
Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry
Anna Zeide
(University of California Press)

Restaurant and Professional
Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong
Matt Abergel
(Phaidon Press)

Single Subject
Goat: Cooking and Eating
James Whetlor
(Quadrille Publishing)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking
Ilene Rosen
(Artisan Books)

Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
Edward Lee
(Artisan Books)

Book of the Year
Cocktail Codex
Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, with Devon Tarby
(Ten Speed Press)

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Jessica B. Harris


2019 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

For radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, webcasts, and documentaries appearing in 2018.

Airs on: Film festivals and Vimeo

Online Video, Fixed Location and/or Instructional
MasterClass – Dominique Ansel Teaches French Pastry Fundamentals
Airs on: MasterClass

Online Video, on Location
First We Feast’s Food Skills – Mozzarella Kings of New York
Airs on: YouTube

Outstanding Personality
Marcus Samuelsson
No Passport Required
Airs on: PBS

Outstanding Reporting
Deep Dive and Food for Thought, 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics
Reporter: David Chang
Airs on: NBC, NBCSN

Copper & Heat – Be a Girl
Airs on: Copper & Heat, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher

Radio Show
The Food Chain – Raw Grief and Widowed
Airs on: BBC World Service

Special (on TV or Online)
Spencer’s BIG Holiday
Airs on: Gusto

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Pati’s Mexican Table – Tijuana: Stories from the Border
Airs on: WETA Washington; Distributed Nationally by American Public Television

Television Program, on Location
Salt Fat Acid Heat – Salt
Airs on: Netflix

Visual and Technical Excellence
Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown
Sarah Hagey, August Thurmer, and Kate Kunath
Airs on: CNN, Explore Parts Unknown, Roads & Kingdoms


2019 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2018.

What We Talk About When We Talk About American Food: “The Pickled Cucumbers That Survived the 1980s AIDS Epidemic”; “A Second Look at the Tuna Sandwich’s All-American History”; and “Freedom and Borscht for Ukrainian-Jewish Émigrés”
Mari Uyehara

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Counter Intelligence: “The Hearth & Hound, April Bloomfield’s New Los Angeles Restaurant, Is Nothing Like a Gastropub”; “There’s Crocodile and Hog Stomach, but Jonathan Gold Is All About the Crusty Rice at Nature Pagoda”; and “At Middle Eastern Restaurants, It All Starts with Hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel’s Is Magnificent”
Jonathan Gold
Los Angeles Times

Dining and Travel
“Many Chinas, Many Tables”
Jonathan Kauffman and Team
San Francisco Chronicle

Feature Reporting
“A Kingdom from Dust”
Mark Arax
The California Sunday Magazine

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication
New York Magazine
Robin Raisfeld, Rob Patronite, Maggie Bullock, and the Staff of New York Magazine

“A Hunger for Tomatoes”
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

Health and Wellness
“Clean Label’s Dirty Little Secret”
Nadia Berenstein
The New Food Economy

Home Cooking
“The Subtle Thrills of Cold Chicken Salad”
Cathy Erway

Innovative Storytelling
“In Search of Water-Boiled Fish”
Angie Wang

Investigative Reporting
“A Killing Season”
Boyce Upholt
The New Republic

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award
“Yes Indeed, Lord: Queen’s Cuisine, Where Everything Comes from the Heart”; “Top 10 New Orleans Restaurants for 2019”; and “Sexual Harassment Allegations Preceded Sucré Co-Founder Tariq Hanna’s Departure”
Brett Anderson | The Times-Picayune

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“What Is Northern Food?”
Steve Hoffman
Artful Living

Personal Essay, Long Form
“I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter”
Geraldine DeRuiter

Personal Essay, Short Form
“I’m a Chef with Terminal Cancer. This Is What I’m Doing with the Time I Have Left”
Fatima Ali
Bon Appétit

“The Short and Brilliant Life of Ernest Matthew Mickler”
Michael Adno
The Bitter Southerner

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages  
“‘Welch’s Grape Jelly with Alcohol’: How Trump’s Horrific Wine Became the Ultimate Metaphor for His Presidency”
Corby Kummer
Vanity Fair

Publication of the Year
The New York Times

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