2011 James Beard Award Media Winners Announced

Complete List Below, Harold McGee Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

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The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony for all media-related categories was held on Friday, May 6 at Espace in New York City. Awards were given to the winners in television, print media, radio, and Internet journalism.

Renowned as the Julia Child of Mexican cuisine, Diana Kennedy won the JBF Best Cookbook Award for Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy.  Inducted into the cookbook hall of fame this year was On Food And Cooking: The Science And Lore Of the Kitchen by Harold McGee, an author known for exploring the history and chemistry of cooking.

Bravo's Emmy-winning Top Chef received the award for Best TV Show, and Alton Brown, chef and host of the long-running Good Eats, was awarded Best TV Personality.

Several awards were given in sub-categories for cookbooks and journalism as well:


  • General Cooking -- The Essential New York Times Cook Book: Classic Recipes for a New Century by chef and blogger Amanda Hesser of food52
  • Baking and Dessert -- Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours by pastry chef Kim Boyce and writer Amy Scattergood, both from Los Angeles
  • American Cooking -- Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas, former food editor of Town & Country
  • Cooking from a Professional Point of View -- Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by Michelin-starred Denmark chef René Redzepi
  • International -- Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery by "Stir Fry Maven" Grace Young
  • Healthy Focus -- The Simple Art of EatingWell Cookbook by deputy editor Jessie Price & the staff at the EatingWell Test Kitchen
  • Single Subject -- Meat: A Kitchen Education by James Peterson, an award-winning author known for cookbooks that are both tutorial and encyclopedic
  • Beverage -- Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals by wine and spirits journalist for San Francisco Magazine Jordan Mackay and Michael Mina Group wine director Rajat Parr
  • Reference and Scholarship -- Salted: A Manifesto on the World’s Most Essential Mineral by artisan salt expert Mark Bitterman
  • Writing and Literature -- Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food by New York Times contributing writer Paul Greenberg
  • Photography --Ditte Isager for his contribution to René Redzepi's Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine


  • MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award -- Jonathan Gold, food writer and reviewer for LA Weekly
  • Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award -- Patric Kuh, writer for Los Angeles Magazine
  • Publication of the Year -- Edible Communities, a parent network that represents many publications about local food movements in various cities such as San Francisco and Brooklyn
  • Food Column -- Tim Carman, a featured culinary columnist at The Washington City Paper
  • Wine and Spirits -- Jon Fine, wine expert at Food & Wine
  • Food Culture and Travel -- NY Times writer Rick Bragg, Esquire's Francine Maroukian, and Texas restaurant critic Robb Walsh for their collaborative work, "The Southerner's Guide to Oysters," published in Garden & Gun
  • Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction -- Amy Thielen, chef and writer for the Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Humor -- @RuthBourdain, an anonymous, fictitious Twitter account inspired by the names of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain
  • Food Section of a General Interest Publication -- San Francisco Chronicle, home of JBF Award winner and Restaurant Awards committee member Michael Bauer
  • Food-Related Feature -- Dan Koeppel, guest columnist and banana expert at Saveur
  • Environment, Food Politics and Policy -- Carl Safina, ecological author and Blue Ocean Institute co-founder
  • Health and Nutrition -- Rachael Moeller Gorman, contributing editor at EatingWell
  • Group Food Blog --Grub Street New York, a dedicated food blog on the latest and greatest foodie news in the Big Apple
  • Individual Food Blog -- Barry Estabrook, guest columnist for several well-known publications and awarded this year for Politicsoftheplate.com
  • Multimedia Food Feature -- Michael Gebert and Julie Thiel of the Chicago Reader for their Key Ingredient segment
  • Personal Essay -- Tom Junod for his Esquire essay, My Mom Couldn't Cook
  • Profile -- Benjamin Wallace, The Restaurant Auteur published in New York Magazine
  • Webcast or Radio Show -- Pasta: The Long and Short of It hosted by Megan Williams as part of CBC Ideas
  • On-Location Television Program -- Avec Eric by French gourmet chef Eric Ripert of NYC's Le Bernardin
  • Television Segment -- 60 Minutes: Chef Jose Andres on CBS News
  • Television Special/Documentary -- Milk War hosted by Canadian actor Colm Feore and produced by Declan O’Driscoll and Kevin O’Keefe
  • Video Webcast -- GrapeRadio, a wine talk show podcast hosted by Eric Anderson, Brian Clark, and Jay Selman and produced by Mark Ryan and Jay Selman

Source:  L.A. Times

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