On Friday night, the James Beard Foundation hosted its Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards at Gotham Hall in Manhattan. In addition to veterans like Martha Stewart, Ina Garten, and Heston Blumenthal, there were plenty of newer names lighting up the stage.

Besha Rodell won the “Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages” category for her excellent essay “40 Ounces to Freedom” in Punch, while the three-year-old Lucky Peach racked up five medals, including one for Francis Lam’s profile, “A Day on Long Island with Alex Lee.” Somehow, we took home the prize for Best Group Food Blog, a fact we’re still trying to process on this bleary-eyed Monday morning.

Check out all of the winners below. Congrats to everyone!


Cookbook of the Year

“Historic Heston” by Heston Blumenthal (Bloomsbury USA)

Cookbook Hall of Fame

Diana Kennedy

American Cooking

“The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes,” by Amy Thielen (Random House)

Baking and Dessert

“The Art of French Pastry” by Jacquy Pfeiffer with Martha Rose Shulman (Knopf)


“The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes” by Tony Conigliaro (Ten Speed Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

“Historic Heston” by Heston Blumenthal (Bloomsbury USA)

Focus on Health

“Gluten-Free Girl Every Day” by Shauna James Ahern with Daniel Ahern (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

General Cooking

“Smoke: New Firewood Cooking” by Tim Byres (Rizzoli New York)


“Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking” by Fuchsia Dunlop (W. W. Norton & Company)


“Rene Redzepi: A Work in Progress” by Photographers: Ali Kurshat Altinsoy, Ditte Isager, Rene Redzepi, Lars Williams and the Noma Team (Phaidon Press)

Reference and Scholarship

“Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine One Plate at a Time” by Adrian Miller (The University of North Carolina Press)

Single Subject

“Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook” by John Ash with James O. Fraioli (Running Press)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian

“Vegetable Literacy” by Deborah Madison (Ten Speed Press)

Writing and Literature

“Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss (Random House)


Outstanding Personality/Host

Host: Ina Garten

“Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics”

Network: Food Network

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

“This American Life”

Host: Ben Calhoun

Area: Public Radio

Producer: Ben Calhoun


“Eating Alabama”

Network: PBS

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

“Martha Stewart’s Cooking School”

Host: Martha Stewart

Network: PBS

Producers: Greta Anthony, Christina Deyo, Michael Morrison, Olivia Schneider, Martha Stewart, Calia Van Dyk and Lisa Wagner

Television Program, on Location

“The Mind of a Chef”

Host: Anthony Bourdain

Network: PBS

Producers: Jared Andrukanis, Anthony Bourdain, Joe Caterini, Chris Collins, Michael Steed and Lydia Tenaglia

Television Segment

“Friday Arts, Art of Food”

Network: WHYY-TV

Producer: Monica Rogozinski

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

“Thirsty For…”


Producers: Jay Holzer and Eric Slatkin

Video Webcast, on Location

“The Perennial Plate: Europe and South Asia”


Hosts: Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein

Producers: Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein


Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction

Andy Ricker


“The Star of Siam”

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

Alan Richman


“Alan Richman Walks Into a Jewish Deli…”

“The Elm: Is Brooklyn Ready for Sophisticated Dining?”

“ZZ’s, the Most Expensive 58 Minutes in New York Dining”

Food and Culture

John Birdsall

Lucky Peach

“America, Your Food Is So Gay”

Food and Travel

Nick Paumgarten

Bon Appetit

“Lunch at 8,500 Ft.”

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

The Wall Street Journal

“Off Duty” Section

Beth Kracklauer

Food Politics, Policy, and the Environment

Eli Saslow

The Washington Post

“Food Stamps”

Food-Related Columns

Adam Sachs

Bon Appétit

The Obsessivore

Group Food Blog

First We Feast

Health and Well-Being

Rachael Moeller Gorman


“The Whole-Grain, Reduced-Fat, Zero-Calorie, High-Fiber, Lightly Sweetened Truth About Food Labels”


Lisa Hanawalt

Lucky Peach

“On the Trail with Wylie”

Individual Food Blog

Homesick Texan

Lisa Fain

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

John Jeremiah Sullivan

Lucky Peach

“I Placed a Jar in Tennessee”

Personal Essay

Fuchsia Dunlop

Lucky Peach

“Dick Soup”


Francis Lam

Lucky Peach

“A Day on Long Island with Alex Lee”

Publication of the Year

Civil Eats

Visual Storytelling

James Maikowski, Patricia Sanchez, Stephen Scoble, and Fredrika Stjärne

Food & Wine

“Best New Chef All-Stars”

“Oysters & Gumbo: A Chef’s New Orleans Party”

“Vegetables Now”

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

Besha Rodell


“40 Ounces to Freedom”