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The 2024 James Beard Media Award Winners

JBF Editors

June 08, 2024


Jenny Lau, Randy Lau, and Chung Sun Lau of Made with Lau (photo: Jack X. Li).

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 James Beard Media Awards presented by Capital One. The Media Awards took place in Chicago Saturday, June 8 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!


2024 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winners

Cookbooks and other non-fiction food or beverage-related books that were published in the U.S. in 2023 were elligible to enter the 2024 James Beard Book Awards. Books from foreign publishers must bear a 2023 U.S. copyright date and/or must have been distributed in the U.S. during 2023.

Baking and Desserts
Dark Rye and Honey Cake: Festival Baking from Belgium, the Heart of the Low Countries
Regula Ysewijn
(Weldon Owen)

Beverage with Recipes
Slow Drinks: A Field Guide to Foraging and Fermenting Seasonal Sodas, Botanical Cocktails, Homemade Wines, and More  Danny Childs  
(Hardie Grant North America)

Beverage without Recipes
Agave Spirits: The Past, Present, and Future of Mezcals
Gary Paul Nabhan and David Suro Piñera  
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Food Issues and Advocacy
Resilient Kitchens: American Immigrant Cooking in a Time of Crisis: Essays and Recipes  
Philip Gleissner and Harry Eli Kashdan  
(Rutgers University Press)

Start Here: Instructions for Becoming a Better Cook  
Sohla El-Waylly  
(Alfred A. Knopf)

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook  
José Andrés and World Central Kitchen with Sam Chapple-Sokol
(Clarkson Potter)

Literary Writing
The Migrant Chef: The Life and Times of Lalo García  
Laura Tillman  
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Reference, History, and Scholarship
White Burgers, Black Cash: Fast Food from Black Exclusion to Exploitation  
Naa Oyo A. Kwate  
(University of Minnesota Press)

Restaurant and Professional
Fish Butchery: Mastering The Catch, Cut, And Craft  
Josh Niland  
(Hardie Grant Books)

Single Subject
Pasta Every Day: Make It, Shape It, Sauce It, Eat It  
Meryl Feinstein  
(Hachette Book Group)

U.S. Foodways
Love Japan: Recipes from Our Japanese American Kitchen      
Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi with Gabriella Gershenson
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking
Tenderheart: A Cookbook About Vegetables and Unbreakable Family Bonds  
Hetty Lui McKinnon  
(Alfred A. Knopf)

The Book of Sichuan Chili Crisp  
Yudi Echevarria  
(Ten Speed Press) 

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Pierre Thiam

Emerging Voice
Mayumu: Filipino American Desserts Remixed
Abi Balingit

2024 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Award Winners

The Broadcast Media Awards recognize non-fiction works in English covering food and beverage topics and appearing widely for the first time in the United States in 2023. These works are from digital and terrestrial media—radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, documentaries, online sites, and social media.

Audio Programming
Fed with Chris van Tulleken  
“Series 1: Planet Chicken”
Airs on: BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 4

Audio Reporting
Samia Basille, Emma Morgenstern, and Dan Pashman 
The Sporkful   
“What ‘Couscousgate’ Tells Us About French Food”
Airs on: All podcast platforms

Commercial Media
The Mayda Creative Co. and Wieden+Kennedy New York
The Black Kitchen Series: Innovators, Season 2  
Airs on: All podcast platforms

Documentary Visual Media
The Michoacan File
Airs on: Various film festivals

Docuseries Visual Media
La Frontera with Pati Jinich, Season 2
Airs on: PBS and Amazon Prime

Instructional Visual Media
Made with Lau
Airs on: Made with Lau channel on YouTube

Social Media Account
KJ Kearney
Black Food Fridays
Airs on: Instagram 

Unscripted Visual Media
Street Eats, Bon Appétit
Airs on: Bon Appétit website and YouTube

Visual Media—Short Form 
Great Wall
Airs on: Undercurrent Film Company channel on Vimeo  

Visual Media—Long Form 
SOMM: Cup of Salvation
Airs on: Somm TV

Emerging Voice
Randy Lau
Made with Lau
Airs on: Made with Lau channel on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok

2024 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award Winners

"Navigating the new sober boom, where a person's sobriety is as unique as their fingerprint"     
D. Watkins   

Columns and Newsletters
"A meal of many seasons"; "Good ice"; "Subsistence abundance"  
Laureli Ivanoff  
High Country News

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Criticism Award
"Jewel of New Jersey's Palestinian Enclave"; "Is Scarr's the Best Pizza in New York?"; "The Eternal Question of Food Versus Service"  
Helen Rosner  
The New Yorker

Dining and Travel
"An Inspiring Journey Home"; "21 Things Craig LaBan Ate in Mexico"; "Mexican Spirits, Philly Energy"  
Jessica Griffin and Craig LaBan  
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Feature Reporting
"Saving the Hogs of Ossabaw Island: An eccentric heiress, a daring mission, and the fight for North America’s most unusual pig."    
Diana Hubbell  
Gastro Obscura

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication
Switchyard and FERN

“Billions of snow crabs are missing. A remote Alaskan village depends on the harvest to survive."    
Julia O'Malley  
Grist and FERN

Health and Wellness
"Melted, pounded, extruded: Why many ultra-processed foods are unhealthy"    
Anahad O'Connor and Aaron Steckelberg  
The Washington Post

Home Cooking
"Cook with MSG"    
Mari Uyehara  
Food & Wine

Innovative Visual Storytelling
"The Protein Problem"   
The Associated Press Health and Science Team   
The Associated Press 

Investigative Reporting
"The Kids on the Night Shift"; "They're Paid Billions to Root Out Child Labor in the U.S. Why Do They Fail?"; "Alone and Exploited, Migrant Children Work Brutal Jobs Across the U.S."
Hannah Dreier  
The New York Times 

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award
"Our Brunches, Ourselves: Atlanta's a divided city. Could unity be found on Sunday at 11 a.m.?"; "All Together Now: Pop-up collective Stolen Goods counts some of Atlanta's finest young chefs of color among its ranks"; "Less Offal, but Still Pretty Good: Holeman & Finch Public House"  
Mike Jordan  
Atlanta Magazine 

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
"The Kids on the Night Shift"    
Hannah Dreier  
The New York Times Magazine 

Personal Essay
"Immigrant Spaghetti"   
Farhan Mustafa  
The Bitter Southerner 

Personal Essay with Recipes
"Market Volatility"    
Julia Langbein  
Bon Appétit

"Top of the Line"    
Hannah Goldfield  
The New Yorker 

Emerging Voice
Cuisine Noir/The Global Food and Drink Initiative



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