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Here Is the Full List of 2019 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winners

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Tonight the James Beard Foundation announced its Media Awards winners for 2019. Formerly known as the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, the ceremony in New York City honored work created in 2018 across these same categories.

The memory of Jonathan Gold and Anthony Bourdain loomed over the awards, the first since the deaths of both food world legends last summer. Gold, the only food writer to win a Pulitzer, was celebrated with a tribute by Ruth Reichl as she introduced the first-ever Jonathan Gold Local Voice award, which went to’s Brett Anderson. Gold was also honored with a posthumous Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award for his reviews at the LA Times. Bourdain’s show CNN show Parts Unknown, which had two nominations this year, won for visual and technical excellence; accepting the award, the Parts Unknown team thanked Bourdain, the show’s “misfit-in-chief.”

Also in the broadcast categories, David Chang took home a medal for outstanding reporting for his work for NBC covering the Olympics; Salt Fat Acid Heat won for television program (on location); Pati’s Mexican Table won for television program (in studio or fixed location), and Marcus Samuelsson won for outstanding personality.

In the books category, tonight’s festivities saw wins for Chicken and Charcoal by Yard Bird’s Matt Abergel in the restaurant and professional category, Between Harlem and Heaven by Eater Young Gun JJ Johnson (‘14) and Alexander Smalls in the American category, and Cocktail Codex was named book of the year.

Restaurant and chef awards categories will be announced from at the James Beard Awards gala in Chicago on Monday, May 6.

2019 James Beard Foundation Media Awards Winners

2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For books published in English in 2018.


Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day
JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls
(Flatiron Books)

Baking and Desserts

SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East
Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
(Hardie Grant Books)


Wine Folly
Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack


Milk Street: Tuesday Nights
Christopher Kimball
(Little, Brown and Company)

Health and Special Diets

Eat a Little Better
Sam Kass
(Clarkson Potter)


Feast: Food of the Islamic World
Anissa Helou


Tokyo New Wave
Andrea Fazzari
(Ten Speed Press)

Reference, History, and Scholarship

Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry
Anna Zeide
(University of California Press)

Restaurant and Professional

Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong
Matt Abergel
(Phaidon Press)

Single Subject

Goat: Cooking and Eating
James Whetlor
(Quadrille Publishing)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Ilene Rosen
(Artisan Books)


Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine
Edward Lee
(Artisan Books)

Book of the Year Award: Cocktail Codex

Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee: Jessica B. Harris

2019 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

For radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, webcasts, and documentaries appearing in 2018.


Airs on: Film festivals and Vimeo

Online Video, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

MasterClass – Dominique Ansel Teaches French Pastry Fundamentals
Airs on: MasterClass

Online Video, on Location

First We Feast’s Food Skills – Mozzarella Kings of New York
Airs on: YouTube

Outstanding Personality

Marcus Samuelsson, No Passport Required
Airs on: PBS

Outstanding Reporting

Deep Dive and Food for Thought, 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics
Reporter: David Chang
Airs on: NBC, NBCSN


Copper & Heat – Be a Girl
Airs on: Copper & Heat, iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher

Radio Show

The Food Chain – Raw Grief and Widowed
Airs on: BBC World Service

Special (on TV or Online)

Spencer’s BIG Holiday
Airs on: Gusto

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

Pati’s Mexican Table – Tijuana: Stories from the Border
Airs on: WETA Washington; Distributed Nationally by American Public Television

Television Program, on Location

Salt Fat Acid Heat – Salt
Airs on: Netflix

Visual and Technical Excellence

Anthony Bourdain: Explore Parts Unknown, Yuki Aizawa, Sarah Hagey, Nathalie Karouni, Kate Kunath and August Thurmer
Airs on: CNN, Explore Parts Unknown, Roads & Kingdoms

2019 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2018.


What We Talk About When We Talk About American Food: “The Pickled Cucumbers That Survived the 1980s AIDS Epidemic”; “A Second Look at the Tuna Sandwich’s All-American History”; and “Freedom and Borscht for Ukrainian-Jewish Émigrés
Mari Uyehara

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Counter Intelligence: “The Hearth & Hound, April Bloomfield’s New Los Angeles Restaurant, Is Nothing Like a Gastropub”; “There’s Crocodile and Hog Stomach, but Jonathan Gold Is All About the Crusty Rice at Nature Pagoda”; and “At Middle Eastern Restaurants, It All Starts with Hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel’s Is Magnificent
Jonathan Gold
Los Angeles Times

Dining and Travel

Many Chinas, Many Tables
Jonathan Kauffman and Team
San Francisco Chronicle

Feature Reporting

A Kingdom from Dust
Mark Arax
The California Sunday Magazine

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication

New York Magazine
Robin Raisfeld, Rob Patronite, Maggie Bullock, and the Staff of New York Magazine


A Hunger for Tomatoes
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

Health and Wellness

Clean Label’s Dirty Little Secret
Nadia Berenstein
The New Food Economy

Home Cooking

The Subtle Thrills of Cold Chicken Salad
Cathy Erway

Innovative Storytelling

In Search of Water-Boiled Fish
Angie Wang

Investigative Reporting

A Killing Season
Boyce Upholt
The New Republic

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award

Yes Indeed, Lord: Queen’s Cuisine, Where Everything Comes from the Heart”; “Top 10 New Orleans Restaurants for 2019”; and “Sexual Harassment Allegations Preceded Sucré Co-Founder Tariq Hanna’s Departure
Brett Anderson | The Times-Picayune

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

What is Northern Food?
Steve Hoffman
Artful Living

Personal Essay, Long Form

I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter
Geraldine DeRuiter

Personal Essay, Short Form

I’m a Chef with Terminal Cancer. This Is What I’m Doing with the Time I Have Left
Fatima Ali
Bon Appétit


The Short and Brilliant Life of Ernest Matthew Mickler
Michael Adno
The Bitter Southerner

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

“‘Welch’s Grape Jelly with Alcohol’: How Trump’s Horrific Wine Became the Ultimate Metaphor for His Presidency
Corby Kummer
Vanity Fair

Publication of the Year: New York Times food section

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

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