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Here Is the Full List of 2020 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winners

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Today, the James Beard Foundation announced its Media Awards winners for 2020. An online announcement replaced the usual New York City ceremony, originally scheduled for earlier this month, and later today, the Foundation will hold a live virtual event to discuss the winners and the state of media amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Once known known as the Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, the media awards honor work in those categories from 2019. A few of today’s big winners include Josh Niland’s The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think, which wins in the “restaurant and professional” category and for Book of the Year; chef Roy Choi for outstanding personality; and Pati’s Mexican Table, which wins for television program (in studio or fixed location) for the second year in a row.

The rescheduled James Beard restaurant and chef awards are planned for September 25. As of now, the awards will still take place in Chicago, but the final format isn’t confirmed.

Below, the full list of media winners:

2020 James Beard Foundation Media Awards Winners

2020 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For cookbooks and other non-fiction food- or beverage-related books that were published in the U.S. in 2019.


Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking
Toni Tipton-Martin
(Clarkson Potter)

Baking and Desserts

Living Bread: Tradition and Innovation in Artisan Bread Making
Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman

Beverage with Recipes

The NoMad Cocktail Book
Leo Robitschek
(Ten Speed Press)

Beverage without Recipes

World Atlas of Wine 8th Edition
Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
(Mitchell Beazley)


Where Cooking Begins: Uncomplicated Recipes to Make You a Great Cook
Carla Lalli Music
(Clarkson Potter)

Health and Special Diets

Gluten-Free Baking at Home: 102 Foolproof Recipes for Delicious Breads, Cakes, Cookies, and More
Jeffrey Larsen
(Ten Speed Press)


Ethiopia: Recipes and Traditions from the Horn of Africa
Yohanis Gebreyesus with Jeff Koehler
(Interlink Publishing)


American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta
Eric Wolfinger
(Chronicle Books)

Reference, History, and Scholarship

The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration
Chris Smith
(Chelsea Green Publishing)

Restaurant and Professional

The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think
Josh Niland
(Hardie Grant Books)

Single Subject

Pasta Grannies: The Official Cookbook: The Secrets of Italy’s Best Home Cooks
Vicky Bennison
(Hardie Grant Books)

Vegetable-Focused Cooking

Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar
Amy Chaplin
(Artisan Books)


Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
Bren Smith

Book of the Year

The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think
Josh Niland
(Hardie Grant Books)

Cookbook Hall of Fame Inductee

Jancis Robinson

2020 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

For radio, television broadcasts, podcasts, webcasts, and documentaries appearing in 2019.

Audio Program

It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chili
Airs on: Audible

Audio Reporting

Gravy – Mahalia Jackson’s Glori-Fried Chicken
Reporter: Betsy Shepherd
Airs on: and iTunes


That’s My Jazz
Airs on: Vimeo

Online Video, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

Grace Young – Wok Therapist
Airs on: and YouTube

Online Video, on Location

Handmade – How Knives Are Made for New York’s Best Restaurants; How a Ceramics Master Makes Plates for Michelin-Starred Restaurants
Airs on: Eater and YouTube

Outstanding Personality/Host

Roy Choi
Broken Bread with Roy Choi
Airs on: Tastemade and KCET

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

Pati’s Mexican Table – A Local’s Tour of Culiacán
Airs on: WETA; distributed nationally by American Public Television

Television Program, on Location

Las Crónicas del Taco (Taco Chronicles) – Canasta
Airs on: Netflix

Visual and Audio Technical Excellence

Chef’s Table
Adam Bricker, Chloe Weaver, and Will Basanta
Airs on: Netflix

Visual Reporting (on TV or Online)

Rotten – The Avocado War
Reporters: Christine Haughney, Erin Cauchi, and Gretchen Goetz
Airs on: Netflix

2020 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2019.


Power Rankings: “The Official Fast Food French Fry Power Rankings”; “The Official Spicy Snack Power Rankings”; “The Official Domestic Beer Power Rankings
Lucas Kwan Peterson
Los Angeles Times

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters.”; “The 20 Most Delicious Things at Mercado Little Spain”; “Benno, Proudly Out of Step With the Age
Pete Wells
The New York Times

Dining and Travel

In Pursuit of the Perfect Pizza
Matt Goulding
Airbnb Magazine

Feature Reporting

Value Meal
Tad Friend
The New Yorker

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication

The New Yorker


A Real Hot Mess: How Grits Got Weaponized Against Cheating Men
Cynthia R. Greenlee

Health and Wellness

How Washington Keeps America Sick and Fat”; “Meet the Silicon Valley Investor Who Wants Washington to Figure Out What You Should Eat
Catherine Boudreau and Helena Bottemiller Evich

Home Cooking

Fry Time
Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Innovative Storytelling

Food and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
Gary He, Matt Buchanan, and Meghan McCarron

Investigative Reporting

‘The Man Who Attacked Me Works in Your Kitchen’: Victim of Serial Groper Took Justice into Her Own Hands
Amy Brittain and Maura Judkis
The Washington Post

Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award

In Search of Hot Beef”; “Chef Jack Riebel Is in the Fight of His Life”; “Harry Singh on the Perfect Roti, Trinidad, and Life in the Kitchen
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

My Mother’s Catfish Stew
John T. Edge
Oxford American

Personal Essay, Long Form

The Dysfunction of Food
Kim Foster

Personal Essay, Short Form

For 20 Years, happy hour has seen us through work — and life
M. Carrie Allan
The Washington Post


The Provocations of Chef Tunde Wey
Brett Martin
GQ Magazine

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

Seltzer Is Over. Mineral Water Is Forever.
Jordan Michelman

Emerging Voice Award

L.A. Taco

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