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James Beard Awards 2019: Media Award Winners

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At a ceremony in New York City tonight, the James Beard Foundation announced its Media Award winners for 2018.

Formerly known as the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards — the broad categories the Foundation still recognizes — tonight’s festivities saw wins for cookbook authors like Samin Nosrat, Sean Sherman, Stella Parks, as well as writer Michael Twitty, who took home the award for writing and for book of the year for The Cooking Gene.

In broadcast journalism, Vivian Howard and Ina Garten took home awards, as the Sporkful podcast, and the hit Netflix show Chef’s Table (this year for its exceptional episode dedicated to Korean nun Jeong Kwan). And it the journalism categories, Roads & Kingdoms, Bon Appétit, and the New York Times took home awards, as did pieces placed in relatively non-conventional outlets, like ESPN Magazine and Politico. LA Times critic Jonathan Gold won the coveted Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award, and publication of the year going to NPR’s The Salt. The biggest surprise of the night: Brett Anderson’s groundbreaking expose about the culture of sexual harassment at John Besh’s restaurant group in New Orleans did not win a medal.

Restaurant and chef category winners will be announced at the James Beard Awards Gala, where the America’s Classics winners are also acknowledged, on Monday, May 7 in Chicago.

2018 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winners

2018 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For books published in English in 2017.


The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen
Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley
(University of Minnesota Press)

Baking and Desserts

BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts
Stella Parks
(W. W. Norton & Company)


Meehan’s Bartender Manual
Jim Meehan
(Ten Speed Press)


Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat
Samin Nosrat
(Simon and Schuster)

Health and Special Diets

Deepa’s Secrets
Deepa Thomas


Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando
(Ten Speed Press)


Cook Beautiful
Johnny Miller

Reference, History, and Scholarship

Peter Liem
(Ten Speed Press)

Restaurant and Professional

Modernist Bread
Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya
(The Cooking Lab)

Single Subject

The Pho Cookbook
Andrea Nguyen
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables
Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg
(Artisan Books)


The Cooking Gene
Michael W. Twitty

Book of the Year Award

The Cooking Gene
Michael W. Twitty

Cookbook Hall of Fame Inductee

Betty Fussell

2018 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

For radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, webcasts, and documentaries appearing in 2017.


Director: Matthew Salleh
Producers: Daniel Joyce and Rose Tucker
Airs on: Netflix

Outstanding Personality/Host

Pati Jinich
Pati’s Mexican Table
Airs on: WETA Washington; Distributed Nationally by American Public Television


The Sporkful
Host: Dan Pashman
Producers: Dan Pashman, Anne Noyes Saini, and Dan Charles
Airs on: Stitcher, iTunes

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

The Legacy of the Mississippi Delta Chinese
Host: Melissa Block
Producer: Elissa Nadworny
Airs on: NPR

Special (on TV or Web)

Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes
Host: Lidia Bastianich
Producer: Laurie Donnelly
Airs on: PBS

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro
Host: Ina Garten
Producers: Rachel Purnell, Olivia Ball, and Bridget Lumley
Airs on: Food Network

Television Program, on Location

Chef’s Table: Jeong Kwan
Producers: David Gelb, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried
Airs on: Netflix

Television Segment

PBS NewsHour
Reporters: Allison Aubrey and Paul Solman
Producer: Mary Beth Durkin
Airs on: PBS

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

Panna Cooking: Black Bean-Glazed Salmon with Ginger Cabbage
Host: Vivian Howard
Producers: Amy Currie and Stephanie Roush
Airs on:

Video Webcast, on Location

Working 24 Hours at...
Host: Andrew Knowlton
Director: Vincent Cross
Producer: Matt Duckor
Airs on: YouTube and Bon Appétit Video

Visual and Technical Excellence

Food Talkies
Director, Photographer, Editor: Andrew Gooi
Airs on:

2018 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2017.


Missed Cues: “Get Help”; “Distilled Identity”; and “Destination, Small Town
Osayi Endolyn

Dining and Travel

In Pursuit of Perfect Hummus
J.M. Hirsch
Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Magazine

Feature Reporting

The NBA’s Secret Addiction
Baxter Holmes
ESPN The Magazine

Food and Health

The Great Nutrient Collapse
Helena Bottemiller Evich

Food Section

Roads & Kingdoms
Nathan Thornburgh, Matt Goulding, Cara Parks, and the Roads & Kingdoms Team


The Teenage Whaler’s Tale
Julia O’Malley
High Country News

Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Lessons
Adam Rapoport and the Bon Appétit Editorial Team
Bon Appétit


Pumpkin Spice Life
Maura Judkis
The Washington Post

Innovative Storytelling

The New Essentials of French Cooking
Melissa Clark, Emily Weinstein, Barbara deWilde, and Alexandra Eaton
The New York Times

Investigative Reporting

‘The Only Good Muslim’” and “Compromised
Ted Genoways
The New Republic

Local Impact

Farm to Chapel”; “They Ditched Vienna Sausages for Porterhouse Steaks and Lobster at West Grove Cookout”; and “How a Secular Jewish Baker Became Miami’s Kosher King
Carlos Frías
Miami Herald

Personal Essay

Dear Women: Own Your Stories
Lisa Donovan


She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared.
Mayukh Sen

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

“The Pu-Erh Broker”
Max Falkowitz

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Counter Intelligence: “The World’s Best Restaurant Opens a Pop-Up in Mexico”; “At Vespertine, Jonathan Gold Makes Contact with Otherworldly Cooking”; “Jonathan Gold Finds Delight in the Secretive Santa Monica Restaurant Dialogue
Jonathan Gold
Los Angeles Times

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

Who Owns Uncle Ben?
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

Publication of the Year

The Salt (NPR)

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Note: Eater’s national critic Bill Addison is on the James Beard restaurant and chef awards committee but is recused from covering the Beards.

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