The 2016 JBF Awards For Books, Broadcast And Journalism

Meet this year's winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards for books, broadcast and journalism

Last night, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of this year's awards for books, broadcast and journalism. Book awards go to works published in English in 2015. Broadcast awards go to television, web and radio programs that aired in 2015, and journalism awards go to articles published in 2015.

The theme of the awards ceremony, held at Chelsea Piers in New York City, was TV Dinners, and the winners walked up to the stage to the soundtracks of beloved theme songs. (Our favorite: Francis Lam, who was paired with the Seinfeld theme and joked as he reached the podium, "A show about nothing!") Iconic clips of food on TV were also highlighted, from Dan Aykroyd's famous Julia Child impersonation on SNL to I Love Lucy's Vitameatavegamin.

Double congrats to Lucky Peach, which won Best Food Blog and Best Publication, and also to Michael Solomonov, whose Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking won best international cookbook and Book of the Year. The latter award was the last of the night, and Solomonov and business partner Steve Cook had a bit of a Christine-Lahti-at-the-Golden-Globes moment. After the big Lucky Peach announcement, "We thought [the night] was over," Solomonov says. So they hopped in a cab to start making their way home to Philadelphia. "We were in the cab and got a text. It was a pretty epic moment." (Find a recipe for Solomonov's Breakfast Kale Salad here.)

We're delighted to see Vivian Howard, who showed us the way with bacon-roasted root vegetables, pick up the award for Outstanding Personality/Host in A Chef's Life. And we're likewise happy to see NOPI: The Cookbook, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully, win Cooking from a Professional Point of View, and J. Kenji López-Alt's The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science win for General Cooking.

Congrats also go to Lam for his New York Times Magazine column and to investigative reporters Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason and Robin McDowell, who just won a Pulitzer Prize, for their brave work on "Seafood from Slaves: An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century," which rocked the seafood industry.

Everyone from the long list of nominees is already a winner, but the official 2016 awards go to . . .

2016 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

American Cooking

The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook

Chris Fischer with Catherine Young

(Little, Brown and Company)

See here for TT's review.

Baking and Dessert

Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More

Sarah Owens

(Roost Books)


The Oxford Companion to Wine

Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding

(Oxford University Press)

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

NOPI: The Cookbook

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

(Ten Speed Press)

Read more about the cookbook here and find a recipe for chicken pastilla from Nopi here.

Focus on Health

Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome

Virginia Willis

(Ten Speed Press)

General Cooking

The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

J. Kenji López-Alt

(W. W. Norton & Company)


Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Read more about Michael Solomonov here and find a recipe from the cookbook here.


Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel

Heidi Swanson

Photographer: Heidi Swanson

(Ten Speed Press)

Reference and Scholarship

The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks

Toni Tipton-Martin

(University of Texas Press)

Single Subject

A Bird in the Hand: Chicken Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood

Diana Henry

(Mitchell Beazley)

Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian

V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks

Michael Anthony

(Little, Brown and Company)

Writing and Literature

Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

Marion Nestle

(Oxford University Press)

Book of the Year

Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

(Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Read more about the cookbook here.

The winner of the Book of the Year Award and the Cookbook Hall of Fame is Deborah Madison.

2016 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Awards


The Starfish Throwers

Director: Jesse Roesler

Producers: Jesse Roesler and Melody Gilbert

Airs on: DirecTV Audience Network and iTunes

Outstanding Personality/Host

Host: Vivian Howard

A Chef's Life

Airs on: PBS



Host: Tina Antolini

Producer: Tina Antolini

Airs on:

Radio Show/Audio Webcast

The Food Chain: Chinatown

Host: Dan Saladino

Producers: Kent DePinto, Sarah Stolarz, and Dan Saladino

Airs on: NPR Stations/BBC World Service


Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays

Host: Lidia Bastianich

Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Anne Adams, and Shelly Burgess Nicotra

Airs on: PBS

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location

Extra Virgin

Hosts: Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Producers: Gordon Elliott, Mark Schneider, Dan Connell, Sara Porter, Debi Mazar, and Gabriele Corcos?

Airs on: Cooking Channel

Television Program, on Location

I'll Have What Phil's Having

Host: Phil Rosenthal

Producers: Laurie Donnelly, Phil Rosenthal, Richard Rosenthal, John Bedolis, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Craig H. Shepherd, and David Beebe

Airs on: PBS

Television Segment

PBS NewsHour's "Food4Thought"

Host: Allison Aubrey

Producer: Mary Beth Durkin

Airs on: PBS

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional

Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond

Host: Raghavan Iyer

Producer: Jared Maher

Airs on:

Video Webcast, on Location

The Sushi Chef: Oona Tempest and Toshio Oguma

Producer: Elana Schulman

Airs on:

Visual and Technical Excellence

Chef's Table

Directors: David Gelb, Clay Jeter, Brian McGinn and Andrew Fried

Photographers: Will Basanta and Adam Bricker

Editors: Brad Grossman, J. Santos, Eric Freidenberg, Ravi Subramanian, Adrienne Gits and Jesse Overman

Airs on: Netflix

2016 James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards

Dining and Travel

"America's Best Food Cities"

Tom Sietsema

The Washington Post

Food and Culture

"Straight-Up Passing"

John Birdsall


Food and Health

"The Healthy Cook's Guide to Fat"

Sidney Fry and Robin Bashinsky

Cooking Light

Food Blog

Lucky Peach

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication

Los Angeles Magazine

Lesley Bargar Suter and Bill Esparza

Food-Related Columns


Francis Lam

New York Times Magazine T

Food Reporting

"Seafood from Slaves – An AP Investigation Helps Free Slaves in the 21st Century"

Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, and Robin McDowell

Associated Press

Home Cooking

"Cook like a Pro!"

Adam Rapoport

Bon Appétit



Maryse Chevriere


Personal Essay

"On Chicken Tenders"

Helen Rosner



"Christiane Lauterbach: The Woman Who Ate Atlanta"

Wendell Brock

The Bitter Southerner

Visual Storytelling

"One Night: Kachka"

Erin DeJesus, Danielle Centoni, Jen Stevenson, Dina Avila, McGraw Wolfman


Wine, Spirits and Other Beverages

"There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer. Here's Why."

Dave Infante


Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award

"A Health Food Restaurant So Cool It Will Have You Happily Eating Seeds," "Revisiting Momofuku Ko, After the Revolution," "Polo Bar Review: Ralph Lauren Corrals the Fashionable Herd"

Tejal Rao

Bloomberg Pursuits

MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

"Pork Life"

Todd Kliman

Lucky Peach