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The award ceremony was held Friday evening in New York City. 

Maria Yagoda
April 27, 2018

Surrounded by the food industry's most prominent players, MSNBC's Tamron Hall hosted the James Beard Foundation Media Awards on April 27 at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Not to be confused with the James Beard Awards Gala, which takes place in Chicago on May 7 and celebrates the chef and restaurant category, the JBF Media Awards shines a spotlight on cookbook authors, journalists, editors, photographers, and more creators who cover the food world. 

The awards celebrated some of the boldest voices in the industry today. Lisa Donovan's powerful personal essay on sexual misconduct in and outside of the kitchen for F&W's Communal Table—"Dear Women: Own Your Stories"—was awarded in the Personal Essay Category. You can read the piece here. Another exciting win was Michael Twitty's The Cooking Gene, which was named Book of the Year. 

Below is the full list of this year's winners.

The 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For books published in English in 2017.

American
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)

Beverage
Meehan's Bartender Manual
Jim Meehan
(Ten Speed Press)

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

Health and Special Diets
Deepa’s Secrets
Deepa Thomas
(Skyhorse)

International
Nopalito
Gonzalo Guzman and Stacy Adimando
(Ten Speed Press)

Photography
Cook Beautiful
Johnny Miller
(Abrams)

Reference, History, and Scholarship
Champagne
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)

Writing
The Cooking Gene
Michael W. Twitty
(Amistad)

Book of the Year
The Cooking Gene
Michael W. Twitty
(Amistad)

Cookbook Hall of Fame
Betty Fussell

2018 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards

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

Documentary
Barbecue 
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

Podcast
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, Anne Adams, and Shelly Burgess Nicotra
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: pannacooking.com

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: foodtalkies.com

 

2018 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

For articles published in English in 2017.

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

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
Politico

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

Foodways 
“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

Humor
“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 with The Food & Environment Reporting Network
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
Foodandwine.com

Profile
“She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared.” 
Mayukh Sen
Food52

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
“The Pu-Erh Broker”
Max Falkowitz
Saveur

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

M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award
“Who Owns Uncle Ben?”
Shane Mitchell
The Bitter Southerner

Publication of the Year
The Salt

"Rise," the theme of this year's awards, "is meant to celebrate the collective spirit of our community and the power of food," the JBF site reads. "Whether championing causes, committing to values, speaking up for those who can’t be heard, or cooking their hearts out, our food community rises to meet the challenges, to complete the tasks, and to make this world a better, more delicious place for everyone."