2015 James Beard Book, Broadcast & Journalism Award Winners

Correction/update: got a note from friend at the Tribune Monday afternoon that this story was covered in paper and online. Apologies for lumping them in. 

Matthias Merges gets a new sous chef. Bill Kim adds a hot dog to his menu at Belly Shack. The team at Longman & Eagle is proposing to open something up, somewhere, at some point. These are the kinds of stories Chicago’s food media love to cover in great detail, obsessing over “exclusives” and who mentioned it first. But bring Chicago’s first-and-only James Beard Award home in 2015? Nada. I find it puzzling that more than 60 hours after Rick Bayless and I were called to the stage at Chelsea Piers in New York City to accept the Beard Award for Best Food Podcast, a search for “Beard Awards” on the websites of Eater, The Chicago Reader, WBEZ, red eye and Chicago Magazine turns up nothing about any of the Book, Broadcast or Journalism winners from Friday night. Fellow Chicagoans Mike Sula at the Reader and Kevin Pang from the Tribune (for a piece he wrote for Lucky Peach) were nominated. I wonder if their respective publications would have turned a blind eye had they won.

Got to meet my co-nominee, CBS' Anthony Mason, before we lost to them.
Got to meet my co-nominee, CBS’ Anthony Mason, before we lost to them in the Best TV Food Segment category.

So here you go, a recap of the winners from this year’s Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards:

Book Awards

Cookbook Hall of Fame


Barbara Kafka



Cookbook of the Year:


Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition

David Sterling

(University of Texas Press)



American Cooking



Sean Brock




Baking and Dessert


Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours

Alice Medrich






Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail

Dave Arnold

(W. W. Norton & Company)



Cooking from a Professional Point of View


Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes

Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns

(Chronicle Books)



Focus on Health


Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing

Keith Schroeder

(Oxmoor House)



General Cooking


The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking

Faith Durand and Sara Kate Gillingham

(Clarkson Potter)





Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition

David Sterling

(University of Texas Press)





In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World

Gabriele Galimberti

(Clarkson Potter)




Reference and Scholarship


Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering

Adam Danforth

(Storey Publishing)



Single Subject


Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes

Jennifer McLagan

(Ten Speed Press)



Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian


At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well

Amy Chaplin

(Roost Books)



Writing and Literature


The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

Dan Barber

(Penguin Press)



Broadcast Media Awards / Presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts



The Feed Podcast

Hosts: Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky

Producers: Matt Cunningham and Steve Dolinsky

Airs on: soundcloud.com/thefeedpodcast



Radio Show/Audio Webcast


Hidden Kitchens World

Producers: The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva)

Airs on: NPR




Food Chains

Host: Forest Whitaker

Director: Sanjay Rawal

Producers: Hamilton Fish, Smriti Keshari, Eva Longoria, Sanjay Rawal, and Eric Schlosser

Airs: iTunes and Netflix



Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location


Martha Stewart’s Cooking School

Host: Martha Stewart

Producers: Greta Anthony, Kimberly Miller Olko, Martha Stewart, Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk, and Lisa Wagner

Airs On: PBS



Television Program, on Location


The Mind of a Chef

Host: Anthony Bourdain

Producers: ​Jared Andrukanis, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Caterini, Chris Collins, Michael Steed, and Lydia Tenaglia

Airs on: PBS



Television Segment


CBS This Morning’s “The Dish”

Host: Anthony Mason and Vinita Nair

Producers: Brian Applegate, Greg Mirman, and Marci Waldman

Airs on: CBS



Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional



Host: Grant Lee Crilly and Chris Young

Producer: Richard B. Wallace

Airs on: chefsteps.com



Video Webcast, on Location



Host: Liza de Guia

Producer: Liza de Guia

Airs on: foodcurated.com


Visual and Technical Excellence


Wall of Fire: A ChefSteps Story

Director: Sandy Smolan

Photographer and Editor: Reva Keller

Producers: Grant Crilly and Chris Young

Airs on: chefsteps.com



Outstanding Personality/Host


Host: Ina Garten

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

Airs on: Food Network



Journalism Awards

Publication of the Year





Dining and Travel

The India Issue

The Editors of Saveur




Food and Culture


“The Toxic, Abusive, Addictive, Supportive, Codependent Relationship Between Chefs and Yelpers”

Rebecca Flint Marx

San Francisco Magazine



Food and Health


“Against the Grain”

Michael Specter

The New Yorker



Food-Related Columns



Tamar Haspel

The Washington Post



Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication



The Editors of GQ



Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment


“The Quinoa Quarrel: Who Owns the World’s Greatest Superfood?”

Lisa M. Hamilton

Harper’s with the Food & Environment Reporting Network



Group Food Blog

Grub Street


Home Cooking


“Cabbage Craft”

Kathy Gunst





“Giving & Thanking”

Ben Schott with the Bon Appétit Editors

Bon Appétit



Individual Food Blog



Molly Wizenberg



Personal Essay


“Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell”

John DeVore






“Élite Meat”

Dana Goodyear

The New Yorker



Visual Storytelling



Gillian Duffy

New York


Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages


“Into the Vines”

Gabrielle Hamilton



Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

“Artisanal-Everything Roberta’s Defies the Stereotypes,” “Once an Icon, Per Se is Showing its Age,” “Six Reasons Why Cosme is One of NYC’s Most Relevant New Restaurants”

Ryan Sutton




MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award


“Life in Chains: Finding Home at Taco Bell”

John DeVore


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