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The 2020 James Beard Media Award Winners

JBF Editors

May 27, 2020


2020 Media Award winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 James Beard Media Awards, presented by Capital One. Although we typically celebrate the best of the best at an event in New York City, the Foundation cancelled the annual in-person event to ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a time when both the media and the food industries have been decimated by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation understands the positive impact that a James Beard Award nomination or win can have on a career. Whether in the kitchen or in the newsroom—now more than ever—celebrating these professionals is paramount for our community.

Join us at 1:30 P.M. ET today as we kick off our new digital series, James Beard Awards at Home. The series will be an ongoing conversation with the committee chairs and winners of the James Beard Foundation Media Awards about the nature and future of writing, reporting, and broadcasting about food during a global pandemic. Stay tuned for more information on the full schedule and lineup of participants.

Now on to the winners!


2020 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For cookbooks and other non-fiction food- or beverage-related books that were published in the U.S. in 2019.


Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking
Toni Tipton-Martin
(Clarkson Potter)

Baking and Desserts

Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making
Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman

Beverage with Recipes

The NoMad Cocktail Book
Leo Robitschek
(Ten Speed Press)

Beverage without Recipes

World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition
Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
(Mitchell Beazley)


Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook
Carla Lalli Music
(Clarkson Potter)

Health and Special Diets

Gluten-Free Baking at Home: 102 Foolproof Recipes for Delicious Breads, Cakes, Cookies, and More
Jeffrey Larsen
(Ten Speed Press)


Ethiopia: Recipes and Traditions from the Horn of Africa
Yohanis Gebreyesus with Jeff Koehler
(Interlink Publishing)


American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta
Eric Wolfinger
(Chronicle Books)

Reference, History, and Scholarship

The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration
Chris Smith
(Chelsea Green Publishing)

Restaurant and Professional

The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think
Josh Niland
(Hardie Grant Books)

Single Subject

Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy's Best Home Cooks
Vicky Bennison
(Hardie Grant Books)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar
Amy Chaplin
(Artisan Books)

Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
Bren Smith

Book of the Year

The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think
Josh Niland
(Hardie Grant Books)

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Jancis Robinson



2020 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

For radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, webcasts, and documentaries appearing in 2019.

Audio Program

It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chili
Airs on: Audible

Audio Reporting

Gravy – Mahalia Jackson’s Glori-Fried Chicken
Reporter: Betsy Shepherd
Airs on: and iTunes


That's My Jazz
Airs on: Vimeo

Online Video, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

Grace Young – Wok Therapist
Airs on: and YouTube

Online Video, on Location

Handmade – How Knives Are Made for New York's Best Restaurants; How a Ceramics Master Makes Plates for Michelin-Starred Restaurants
Airs on: Eater and YouTube

Outstanding Personality/Host

Roy Choi
Broken Bread with Roy Choi
Airs on: Tastemade and KCET

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

Pati's Mexican Table – A Local's Tour of Culiacán
Airs on: WETA; distributed nationally by American Public Television

Television Program, on Location

Las Crónicas del Taco (Taco Chronicles) – Canasta
Airs on: Netflix

Visual and Audio Technical Excellence
Chef's Table
Adam Bricker, Chloe Weaver, and Will Basanta
Airs on: Netflix

Visual Reporting (on TV or Online)

Rotten – The Avocado War
Reporters: Christine Haughney, Erin Cauchi, and Gretchen Goetz
Airs on: Netflix


2020 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2019.


Power Rankings: “The Official Fast Food French Fry Power Rankings”; “The Official Spicy Snack Power Rankings”; “The Official Domestic Beer Power Rankings”
Lucas Kwan Peterson
Los Angeles Times

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

“Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters.”; “The 20 Most Delicious Things at Mercado Little Spain”; “Benno, Proudly Out of Step With the Age”
Pete Wells
The New York Times

Dining and Travel
“In Pursuit of the Perfect Pizza”
Matt Goulding
Airbnb Magazine

Feature Reporting

“Value Meal”
Tad Friend
The New Yorker

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication

The New Yorker


“A Real Hot Mess: How Grits Got Weaponized Against Cheating Men”
Cynthia R. Greenlee

Health and Wellness

“How Washington Keeps America Sick and Fat”; “Meet the Silicon Valley Investor Who Wants Washington to Figure Out What You Should Eat”
Catherine Boudreau and Helena Bottemiller Evich

Home Cooking

“Fry Time”
Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Innovative Storytelling

“Food and Loathing on the Campaign Trail”
Gary He, Matt Buchanan, and Meghan McCarron

Investigative Reporting

“‘The Man Who Attacked Me Works in Your Kitchen’: Victim of Serial Groper Took Justice into Her Own Hands”
Amy Brittain and Maura Judkis
The Washington Post

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award

“In Search of Hot Beef”; “Chef Jack Riebel Is in the Fight of His Life”; “Harry Singh on the Perfect Roti, Trinidad, and Life in the Kitchen”
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

“My Mother's Catfish Stew”
John T. Edge
Oxford American

Personal Essay, Long Form

“The Dysfunction of Food”
Kim Foster

Personal Essay, Short Form

“For 20 Years, happy hour has seen us through work — and life”
M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post


“The Provocations of Chef Tunde Wey”
Brett Martin
GQ Magazine

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

“Seltzer Is Over. Mineral Water Is Forever.”
Jordan Michelman

Emerging Voice Award

L.A. Taco

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