JamesThe James Beard Foundation, the culinary industry’s most prestigious recognition program, has announced the winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards, honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food industry journalists. Nominees and guests gathered at an exclusive celebration dinner, hosted by James Beard Award winner Ming Tsai, on Tuesday, April 26, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. A complete list of award winners can be found at the end of this release, as well as on

Highlights of this year’s winners included:

Book Awards:

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

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

Cookbook Hall of Fame: Deborah Madison

Broadcast Media Awards:

Outstanding Personality/Host: Vivian Howard, A Chef’s Life, Airs on: PBS

Podcast: Gravy, Host and Producer: Tina Antolini, Airs on:

Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location: Extra Virgin, Hosts: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, Producers: Gordon Elliott, Mark Schneider, Dan Connell, Sara Porter, Debi Mazar, and Gabriele Corcos, Airs on: Cooking Channel

Journalism Awards:

Food Blog: Lucky Peach

Publication of the Year: Lucky Peach

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

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award: “Pork Life,” Todd Kliman, Lucky Peach

The Book Award judges (48 in total) include editors, authors, journalists, and culinary educators who have not published a culinary book during the current Awards year. The Broadcast Media Award judges (59 in total) include producers, educators, editors, and print journalists. Journalism Award judges (67 in total) include working editors, journalists, retired food and beverage editors and writers, and deans and professors of leading journalism colleges.

The Awards began with a cocktail reception where Pier Sixty Host Chefs Philip DeMaiolo and Matthew Tiscornia prepared an array of passed hors d’oeuvres. Dinner was prepared by James Beard Award–nominated chef George Mendes (Lupulo, New York City), James Beard Award winner Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill, Los Angeles), James Beard Award winner Paul Bartolotta (Bartolotta Restaurants, Milwaukee), and James Beard Award winner Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia, and Star Provisions, Atlanta). A dessert reception immediately followed, with an array of sweets provided by Marc Aumont (Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant, New York City), James Beard Award winner Emily Luchetti (Leo’s Oyster Bar, San Francisco), Carla Tomasko (Bacchanalia, Atlanta), and Miro Uskokovic (Gramercy Tavern and Untitled, New York City).

The Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design Awards will be announced on Monday, May 2, 2016, at the James Beard Awards Gala. A number of special achievement awards, including Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Who’s Who, Design Icon, and America’s Classics, will be also be distributed to pre-announced honorees. This highly anticipated annual celebration will take place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and will be hosted by Carla Hall. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.

Established in 1990, the James Beard Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their fields and further the Foundation’s mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Each award category has an individual committee made up of industry professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the policies, procedures, and selection of judges for their respective Awards program. All JBF Award winners receive a certificate and a medallion engraved with the James Beard Foundation Awards insignia. There are no cash prizes.

The 2016 James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards were presented with leading support from Breville®, Goose Island Beer Co. and Lenox Tableware and Gifts. Wine and spirits were provided courtesy of Fords Gin, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and Villa Maria New Zealand. The 2016 James Beard Awards are presented in association with HMSHost, Lexus, and Mariano's; and the following partners: Premier Sponsors: All-Clad Metalcrafters, American Airlines, Lenox Tableware and Gifts, True Refrigeration®; Supporting Sponsors: Acqua Panna® Natural Spring Water, Breville®, Goose Island Beer Co., Lavazza, Robert Mondavi Winery, S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, Skuna Bay Salmon, Valrhona; Gala Reception Sponsors: Braveheart Black Angus Beef® from PERFORMANCE Foodservice, Ecolab, Groupon, Kendall College, Royal Caribbean International, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; with additional support from: Chefwear, VerTerra Dinnerware, and Wisconsin Cheese. The James Beard Foundation also gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Chicago Department of Aviation, Choose Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association.

About The James Beard Foundation

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America's diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food.

Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thoughtleader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2016 Book, Broadcast & Journalism Award Winners

Book Awards  

 American Cooking

The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook

Chris Fischer with Catherine Young

(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

Photographer: 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)

Writing and Literature 

Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

Marion Nestle

(Oxford University Press)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian 

V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks

Michael Anthony

(Little, Brown and Company)

Book of the Year:

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Deborah Madison

Broadcast Media Awards / Presented by Lenox Tableware and Gifts


The Starfish Throwers

Director: Jesse Roesler

Producers: Jesse Roesler and Melody Gilbert

Airs on: DirecTV Audience Network and iTunes

 Outstanding Personality/Host

Host: Vivian Howard

A Chef’s Life

Airs on: PBS



Host: Tina Antolini

Producer: Tina Antolini

Airs on:

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

The Food Chain: Chinatown

Host: Dan Saladino

Producers: Kent DePinto, Sarah Stolarz, and Dan Saladino

Airs on: NPR Stations/BBC World Service


Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays

Host: Lidia Bastianich

Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Anne Adams, and Shelly Burgess Nicotra

Airs on: PBS

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

Extra Virgin

Hosts: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Producers: Gordon Elliott, Mark Schneider, Dan Connell, Sara Porter, Debi Mazar, and Gabriele Corcos

Airs on: Cooking Channel

Television Program, on Location

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having

Host: Phil Rosenthal

Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Phil Rosenthal, Richard Rosenthal, John Bedolis, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd, and David Beebe

Airs on: PBS

Television Segment

PBS NewsHour’s “Food4Thought”

Host: Allison Aubrey

Producer: Mary Beth Durkin

Airs on: PBS

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond

Host: Raghavan Iyer

Producer: Jared Maher

Airs on:

Video Webcast, on Location

The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma

Producer: Elana Schulman

Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence

Chef’s Table

Directors: David Gelb, Clay Jeter, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried

Photographers: Will Basanta and Adam Bricker

Editors: Brad Grossman, J. Santos, Eric Freidenberg, Ravi Subramanian, Adrienne Gits, and Jesse Overman

Airs on: Netflix

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 Suter 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

Publication of the Year

Lucky Peach