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The 2023 James Beard Media Award Winners

JBF Editors

June 03, 2023


Coldwater Kitchen Team on stage at the 2023 James Beard Media Awards
The Coldwater Kitchen team (photo: © 2023 Galdones Photography/JBF).

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 James Beard Media Awards, presented by Capital One. The Media Awards took place in Chicago and honored the nation’s top food authors, broadcast producers, hosts, journalists, podcasters, and social media content creators.

Join us in celebrating the winners below!


2023 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winners

Cookbooks and other non-fiction food or beverage-related books published in the United States in 2022 were elligible to enter the 2023 James Beard Book Awards.

Baking and Desserts
Tava: Eastern European Baking and Desserts from Romania & Beyond
Irina Georgescu
(Hardie Grant Books)

Beverage with Recipes
The Bartender's Manifesto: How to Think, Drink, and Create Cocktails Like a Pro
Toby Maloney and Emma Janzen
(Clarkson Potter)

Beverage without Recipes
Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake: Rice, Water, Earth
Nancy Matsumoto and Michael Tremblay
(Tuttle Publishing)

The Perfect Loaf: The Craft and Science of Sourdough Breads, Sweets, and More: A Baking Book
Maurizio Leo
(Clarkson Potter)

Food Issues and Advocacy
Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America
Psyche A. Williams-Forson
(University of North Carolina Press)

The Cook You Want to Be: Everyday Recipes to Impress
Andy Baraghani
(Lorena Jones Books)

Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture from My Kitchen in Mexico: A Cookbook
Rick Martínez
(Clarkson Potter)

Literary Writing
Savor: A Chef's Hunger for More
Fatima Ali with Tarajia Morrell
(Ballantine Books)

Reference, History, and Scholarship
Slaves for Peanuts: A Story of Conquest, Liberation, and a Crop That Changed History
Jori Lewis
(The New Press)

Restaurant and Professional 
Bludso's BBQ Cookbook: A Family Affair in Smoke and Soul
Kevin Bludso with Noah Galuten
(Ten Speed Press)

Single Subject
The Wok: Recipes and Techniques
J. Kenji López-Alt
(W.W. Norton & Company)

U.S. Foodways 
I Am From Here: Stories and Recipes from a Southern Chef
Vishwesh Bhatt
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking 
The Vegan Chinese Kitchen: Recipes and Modern Stories from a Thousand-Year-Old Tradition: A Cookbook
Hannah Che
(Clarkson Potter)

Chinese-ish: Home Cooking Not Quite Authentic, 100% Delicious
Joanna Hu and Armelle Habib
(Interlink Books)

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Joe Randall

Emerging Voice
Illyanna Maisonet   
Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook   
Ten Speed Press

2022 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award Winners

The Broadcast Media Awards are open to all works in English from digital and terrestrial media—radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, documentaries, online sites, social media—covering food and beverage topics and appearing widely for the first time in the United States in 2022.

Audio Programming
Copper & Heat
“Abalone: The Cost of Consumption”
Airs on: Various podcast platforms

Audio Reporting
Jane Black and Elizabeth Dunn
Pressure Cooker
“The Twisted History of School Lunch in America”   
Airs on: Various podcast platforms

Commercial Media
Hallie Davison, Jorge Gaviria, and Daniel Klein
Masienda Presents
Airs on: YouTube

Documentary/Docuseries Visual Media
Coldwater Kitchen
Airs on: Various film festivals

Instructional Visual Media
Big Sky Kitchen With Eduardo Garcia
Airs on: Magnolia Network and Discovery+

Reality or Competition Visual Media
Restaurant Takeover ft. Matta
Airs on: YouTube

Visual Media—Short Form
CBS Sunday Morning 
“Black, White, and The Grey”; “How Erin French found herself at The Lost Kitchen”
Airs on: CBS

Visual Media—Long Form
The Whole Animal
Airs on: SOMM TV    

Social Media Account
Erwan Heussaff
Airs on: Instagram

Emerging Voice
Abena Anim-Somuah
Host, The Future of Food is You
Airs on: Cherry Bombe

2023 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award Winners

The Journalism Awards recognize work covering food- or drink-related topics published—or self-published—in 2022.

“Lost in Translation — How Flavor Wheels and Tasting Tools Can Evolve to Speak with Global Beer Drinkers” 
Mark Dredge                   
Good Beer Hunting

Columns and Newsletters 
“Tetelas Are the Tasty Triangles You Need to Try Right Now”; “Birria Is the Greatest Threat to Taco Culture—and Its Savior”; “Trompo Tacos Are So Much More Than Tacos al Pastor”   
José R. Ralat   
Texas Monthly

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
“Poncho’s Tlayudas, a window to Oaxaca, serves one of L.A.’s defining dishes”; “At Chinatown’s Pearl River Deli, the menu is always changing — and worth chasing”; “Anajak Thai is our 2022 Restaurant of the Year”   
Bill Addison
Los Angeles Times

Dining and Travel
“The I-95 exit-by-exit eating guide”; “Don't leave home without your I-95 eating guide”
Hanna Raskin   
The Food Section

Feature Reporting 
“Blood Sweat & Tears”
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication  
The Bitter Southerner                                    

“Come Hell or High Water — Oysters, Brewing, and How the Come Yahs & Bin Yahs Could End Sea Level Rise in Charleston”
Jamaal Lemon
Good Beer Hunting

Health and Wellness 
“How the Supreme Court Decision Exacerbated the Dire State of Bar Industry Healthcare”
Betsy Andrews
SevenFifty Daily

Home Cooking 
“Sour Power”
Lara Lee   
Food & Wine

Innovative Storytelling 
“Night Market” 
Thrillist Staff   

Investigative Reporting 
“Animal Agriculture Is Dangerous Work. The People Who Do It Have Few Protections.”; “‘I Was Coughing So Hard I Would Throw Up’”; “Tyson Says Its Nurses Help Workers. Critics Charge They Stymie OSHA.”
Christina Cooke, Alice Driver, and Gosia Wozniacka   
Civil Eats

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award
“When I Feel Unmoored by Life, I Always Find My Way Back to Either/Or”; “At Mira’s East African Cuisine, One Family’s Iftar Traditions Take the Forefront”; “Why Isn’t There an Overdose Kit Stocked Behind Every Bar in Portland?”
Brooke Jackson-Glidden   

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“Blood Sweat & Tears”
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner    

Personal Essay with Recipes
“Dog S#!t Dacquoise”
Diep Tran   
Food & Wine

Personal Essay without Recipes
“On Boba”
Kyla Wazana Tompkins 
The LARB Quarterly of the Los Angeles Review of Books

“The Sweetest Harvest”
Kayla Stewart and Clay Williams  
Food & Wine

Emerging Voice
Lyndsay C. Green
Restaurant and Dining Critic
Detroit Free Press

Read the full press release here.


The James Beard Awards are Presented by Capital One
Presented In Association with: BentoBox and Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports
Premier Sponsors: Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water, American Airlines, Guinness, Hilton, HMSHost, and S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Mineral Water
Supporting Sponsors: HexClad, Moët & Chandon, and Skuna Bay Salmon
Reception Sponsors: Don Julio, Ecolab, Kendall College, and Windstar Cruises
Additional Support: Château d’Esclans, Cristaux, Here Here Market, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Tock, and VerTerra Dinnerware
Broadcast Partner: Intersport
Proud Hosts: Choose Chicago and Illinois Restaurant Association

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