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The 2022 James Beard Media Award Winners

JBF Editors

June 11, 2022


Image of Hawa Hassan, Claire Reichenback, Alexis Nichole Nelson, and Marcus Samuelsson
Image of Hawa Hassan, Clare Reichenbach, Alexis Nikole Nelson, Jamila Robinson, and Marcus Samuelsson. Photo: Clay Williams

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 James Beard Media Awards, presented by Capital One. Celebrated for the first time in Chicago, the Media Awards honored food authors, broadcast producers, hosts, journalists, podcasters, and social media content creators.

Join us in celebrating the winners below!


2022 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winners

Cookbooks and other non-fiction food- or beverage-related books that were published in English in the U.S. in 2020 and 2021 were eligible to enter the 2022 James Beard Book Awards.

Baking and Desserts 
Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries 
Kristina Cho 
(Harper Horizon) 

Beverage with Recipes 
The Way of the Cocktail: Japanese Traditions, Techniques, and Recipes 
Julia Momosé with Emma Janzen 
(Penguin Random House) 

Beverage without Recipes 
Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol  
Mallory O'Meara  
(Hanover Square Press) 

Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health  
Gregory Gourdet with JJ Goode 
(Harper Wave) 

In Bibi's Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean  
Hawa Hassan with Julia Turshen
(Ten Speed Press) 

Reference, History, and Scholarship 
Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue  
Adrian Miller  
(University of North Carolina Press) 

Restaurant and Professional  
Mister Jiu's in Chinatown: Recipes and Stories from the Birthplace of Chinese American Food
Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho 
(Ten Speed Press) 

Single Subject 
The Hog Book: A Chef's Guide to Hunting, Butchering and Cooking Wild Pigs  
Jesse Griffiths  
(Wild Hog Project) 

U.S. Foodways  
Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou  
Melissa M. Martin  
(Artisan Books) 

Vegetable-Focused Cooking  
The Korean Vegan Cookbook: Reflections and Recipes from Omma's Kitchen  
Joanne Lee Molinaro  

Take One Fish: The New School of Scale-to-Tail Cooking and Eating  
Rob Palmer and Daniel New 
(Hardie Grant) 

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America  
Marcia Chatelain  

Cookbook Hall of Fame
The Zuni Café Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant​​​​ (awarded posthumously)
Judy Rodgers 
(W.W. Norton & Company) 

Emerging Voice
Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries 
Kristina Cho 
(Harper Horizon) 

2022 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award Winners

The Broadcast Media Awards are open to all works in English from digital and terrestrial media—social media, radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, documentaries, online sites—covering food and beverage topics appearing widely for the first time in the United States in 2020 and 2021.

Documentary/Docuseries Visual Media 
Airs on: Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and Vimeo 

Instructional Visual Media  
The Wild Harvest with Alan Bergo 
Airs on: Vimeo 

Reality or Competition Visual Media  
Top Chef Family Style - Truffles, Caviar & Prawns -- Oh My!
Airs on: Peacock 

Commercial/Sponsored Visual Media  
Justin V. Barocas, Osayi Endolyn, Evan Hayes, Dawn Porter, and Marcus Samuelsson
Uber Eats Presents: On the Rise with Marcus Samuelsson 
Airs on: Eater, YouTube, Instagram 

Visual Media—Short Form 
Eat This with Yara- What Everyone Gets Wrong About Farm Work
Airs on: AJ+ 

Visual Media—Long Form 
Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition 
Airs on: Hulu 

Social Media Account  
Alexis Nikole Nelson 
Airs on: TikTok and Instagram 

Audio Programming  
Dish City - How American Chinese Food Became Delivery Food
Airs on: WAMU and various podcast platforms 

Audio Reporting  
Dan Pashman, Emma Morgenstern, Andres O’Hara 
The Sporkful - A Reckoning At Bon Appétit; Update: Inside The Turmoil At Bon Appétit
Airs on: Various podcast platforms 

Emerging Voice
Sophia Roe
Chef, writer, and Emmy-Award nominated TV host 

2022 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award Winners  

Work published—or self-published—in 2020 and 2021 in any medium are eligible for entry. Entries must be in English and cover food- or drink-related topics. Entries in other languages may be submitted if an English translation is also provided.  

Columns and Newsletters  
Tex-Mexplainer: “Nixtamalization Is the 3,500-Year-Old Secret to Great Tortillas”; “Live a Little and Try Crunching on Chapulines, or Roasted Grasshoppers”; “Forget Everything You Think You Know About Mole” 
José R. Ralat  
Texas Monthly 

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award 
“The Bay Area is Having a Love Affair with Smashburgers. This is the One You'll Want to Eat Again and Again”; “Impossible’s New Vegan Nuggets Taste Better than McNuggets. Sadly, that’s not Saying Much”; “S.F. Restaurant’s $72 Fried Rice Was a Runaway Hit. It Was Also the Chef's Nightmare”  
Soleil Ho  
San Francisco Chronicle 

Dining and Travel 
“Right Around the Corner”  
Francis Lam  
Condé Nast Traveler  

Feature Reporting  
“Inside the Secretive, Semi-Illicit, High Stakes World of WhatsApp Mango Importing” 
Ahmed Ali Akbar  

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication  
The Bitter Southerner  

“In the Arctic, Reindeer Are Sustenance and a Sacred Presence” 
Ligaya Mishan  
T: The New York Times Style Magazine  

Health and Wellness  
“Cultivating Better Health”  
Michael Behar 

Home Cooking  
“The Way of Clay”  
Mary-Frances Heck  
Food & Wine  

Innovative Storytelling  
“A Feast for Lost Souls”  
Annelise Jolley and Zahara Gómez Lucini  
The Atavist Magazine  

Investigative Reporting  
“NYC Food Delivery Workers Band to Demand Better Treatment. Will New York Listen to Los Deliveristas Unidos?”; “Food Delivery Workers Toiling Through Historic Flooding Call Skimpy Wages and Tips ‘A Cruel Joke’”; “New York City Passes Landmark New Protections for Food Delivery Workers”  
Claudia Irizarry Aponte and Josefa Velasquez  

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award 
“‘Too Much to Lose.’ Why a Miami Man Moved into a Backyard Tent During Coronavirus Crisis”; “Salt Bae’s Restaurant Called Cops on Customer who Wouldn’t Pay for Gold-Wrapped Steaks”; “How to Eat Like a Local in Miami: A Local's Guide to Dining in the 305”  
Carlos Frías  
Miami Herald  

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award 
“Right Around the Corner” 
Francis Lam 
Condé Nast Traveler  

Personal Essay, Long Form 
“It's Time to Decolonize Wine” 
Miguel de Leon  

Personal Essay, Short Form 
“The Dangers of Bartending While Asian”  
Kaylee Hammonds  
Food & Wine  

“Patsy Young — American Brewer, Fugitive From Slavery”  
Theresa McCulla  
Good Beer Hunting  

Emerging Voice
Tammie Teclemariam
Diner-at-Large at New York Magazine

Read the full press release here.


The James Beard Awards are Presented by Capital One

Presented In Association with: Chicago Department of Aviation

Premier Sponsors: Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water®American AirlinesBentoBox, and S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

Supporting Sponsors: All-Clad MetalcraftersMoet & ChandonSkuna Bay Salmon, and Valrhona

Reception Sponsors: EcolabKendall CollegeLavazza, and Windstar Cruises

Additional Support: Château d’EsclansCristaux InternationalHMSHostNational Restaurant Association, Spire Collection, and Verterra Dinnerware

Broadcast Partner: Intersport

Proud Hosts: Choose Chicago and Illinois Restaurant Association

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