James Beard Foundation Announces Media Awards Winners

By Neat Pour Staff |

This weekend, the literati of the culinary world gathered in NYC for the annual James Beard Media Awards. (Yes, writers and journalists have their own awards and their own ceremony which is held a week in advance of the more well know restaurant focused awards.) Although this year’s winners skewed away from drink/towards food, the cocktail community picked up a huge win when Cocktail Codex from  the Death & Co./Proprietors LLC team home the coveted Best Book medal.

Check out the full lis of winners below.

2019 James Beard Foundation Book Awards


Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day

JJ Johnson and Alexander Smalls with Veronica Chambers (Flatiron Books)


Baking and Desserts

SUQAR: Desserts & Sweets from the Modern Middle East

Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf (Hardie Grant Books)



Wine Folly: Magnum Edition

Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack (Avery)



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 (Ecco)



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

Cocktail Codex

Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, with Devon Tarby (Ten Speed Press)


Cookbook Hall of Fame

Jessica B. Harris


2019 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards



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 PyeongChang 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

Sarah Hagey, August Thurmer, and Kate Kunath

Airs on: CNN, Explore Parts Unknown, Roads & Kingdoms


2019 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards


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

Nola.com | 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

The New York Times

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