The 2015 James Beard Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Award Winners Have Been Announced


The first part of the James Beard Awards honors the people who write about, film, and broadcast the best food in America.

The James Beard Awards, honoring the best restaurants and chefs throughout the country, won’t be happening for another week, but culinary awards season kicked off this weekend with the announcement of the book, broadcast, and journalism award winners, honoring the best cookbook authors, food journalists, and broadcast hosts in America. This year’s awards took place at Chelsea Piers in New York City.  Philip DeMaiolo (Pier Sixty, New York City) hosted, while James Beard Award winner Gavin Kaysen (Spoon & Stable, Minneapolis), Thomas Lents (Sixteen, Chicago), and James Beard Award winner Carrie Nahabedian (NAHA, Chicago), provided dinner for the evening.

Highlights from this year’s ceremony include Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition by David Sterling, which won for best cookbook. The Outstanding Personality/Host award went to the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten, for Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics on the Food Network, and Martha Stewart won for Best TV Program in a Fixed Location with Martha Stewart’s Cooking School. The Best American Cooking Cookbook prize was awarded to Sean Brock for Heritage, and publication of the year was Gravy, a quarterly print journal and bi-weekly podcast about Southern food.

Here are the rest of the winners:

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Barbara Kafka

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)


The Feed Podcast

Hosts: Rick Bayless and Steve Dolinsky

Producers: Matt Cunningham and Steve Dolinsky

Airs on:

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:

Video Webcast, On Location


Host: Liza de Guia

Producer: Liza de Guia

Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence

Wall of Fire: A ChefSteps Story

Director: Sandy Smolan

Photographer and Editor: Reva Keller

Airs on:

Outstanding Personality/Host

Host: Ina Garten

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

Airs on: Food Network

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

Publication of the Year


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