2016 James Beard Awards Winners for Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Announced

Winners were announced at a ceremony at Chelsea Piers in NYC on Tuesday

‘Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking’ by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook was awarded book of the year.

The James Beard Foundation announced this year’s winners for books, broadcast, and journalism. Book awards recognize works published in English in 2015. Broadcast awards are given to web and radio programs that aired in 2015. Journalism awards go to articles published in 2015, reports Tasting Table.

The awards ceremony took place at Chelsea Piers in NYC on Tuesday night, and had a TV Dinners theme. The winners accepted their awards to the tune of beloved theme songs.

Lucky Peach was awarded Best Food Blog and 2016 Publication of the Year. Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, and Robin McDowell were recognized for their work on “Seafood from Slaves: An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century,” which also won the trio a Pulitzer Prize.

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook took home the final award of the night, Book of the Year, for Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. The announcement came after Lucky Peach was awarded Publication of the Year. Solomonov recounts, “We thought [the night] was over. We were in the cab and got a text. It was a pretty epic moment.” The book also received this year’s international award. Deborah Madison was inducted into the Cookbook Hall of Fame.

See below for a full list of winners.

2016 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

Book of the Year Award
Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee
Deborah Madison

American Cooking
The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook
Chris Fischer
(Little, Brown and Company)

Baking and Dessert
Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More
Sarah Owens
(Roost Books)

The Oxford Companion to Wine 
Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding
(Oxford University Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View
NOPI: The Cookbook
Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully
(Ten Speed Press)

Focus on Health
Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome
Virginia Willis
(Ten Speed Press)

General Cooking
The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science
J. Kenji López-Alt
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking
Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel
Heidi Swanson
(Ten Speed Press)

Reference and Scholarship
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks
Toni Tipton-Martin
(University of Texas Press)

Single Subject
A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood
Diana Henry
(Mitchell Beazley)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian
V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks
Michael Anthony
(Little, Brown and Company)

Writing and Literature
Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)
Marion Nestle
(Oxford University Press)

Southern Foodways Gravy Podcast
Producer: Tina Antolini

Radio Show or Audio Webcast
The Food Chain hosted by Dan Saladino on BBC

Video Webcast in a Fixed Location/Instructional
Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond hosted by Raghavan Iyer

Video Webcast, On Location
The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma

Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays hosted by Lidia Bastianich

The Starfish Throwers by Jesse Roesler
DirecTV and iTunes

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Extra Virgin, Hosts: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Producers: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
Airs on: Cooking Channel

Television Program, On Location
I'll Have What Phil's Having hosted by Phil Rosenthal 
Airs on: PBS

TV Segment
"Food4Thought" hosted by Allison Aubrey
Airs on: PBS News Hour

Visual and Technical Excellence
Chef's Table
Airs on: Netflix

Outstanding Personality/Host
Vivian Howard, A Chef's Life

2016 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Dining and Travel

"America's Best Food Cities" 
Tom Sietsema
The Washington Post

Food and Culture

"Straight-Up Passing" 
John Birdsall

Food and Health

"The Healthy Cook's Guide to Fat" 
Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky 
Cooking Light

Food Blog

Lucky Peach 

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

Los Angeles Magazine
Lesley Bargar Sutar and Bill Esparza

Food-Related Columns

Francis Lam
New York Times Magazine

Food Reporting

"Seafood From Slaves - An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century" Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, and Robin McDowell
Associated Press

Home Cooking

"Cook Like a Pro!" 
Adam Rapoport 
Bon Appétit


Maryse Chevriere 

Personal Essay

"On Chicken Tenders" 
Helen Rosner 


"Christiane Lauterbach: The Woman Who Ate Atlanta" Wendell Brock
The Bitter Southerner

Visual Storytelling

"One Night: Kachka"
Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Jen Stevenson, Dina Avila, McGraw Wolfman 

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

"There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why." 
Dave Infante

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

"A Health Food Restaurant so Cool It Will Have You Happily Eating Seeds," "Revisiting Momofuku Ko, After the Revolution," "Polo Bar Review: Ralph Lauren Corrals the Fashionable Herd"
Tejal Rao
Bloomberg Pursuits

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

"Pork Life" 
Todd Kliman 
Lucky Peach


2016 Publication of the Year
Lucky Peach