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This evening the James Beard Foundation will give out their annual awards at New York’s David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center. This theme is Sounds of the City, which explores the connections between food and music — with Ted Allen serving as host and MC. Allen is also a rap lyric, which might be how he got the gig. Anyways, The Beard Awards have long been considered the most prestigious culinary awards presented in America, due both to its legacy (the awards been given out since 1990) and a judging panel made up of industry experts and peers — as opposed to say journalists or anonymous inspectors. Here is a list of all the finalists. The awards presentation will be live streamed starting at 6 p.m. EST. We’ll also be on hand, reporting live via our Instagram with scenes like this.

And on Friday evening the JBF gave out their annual media, covering cookbooks, food-related television and all kinds of fine journalistic endeavors. A special big congrats to our friends at Mind of a Chef (produced by our parent company Zero Point Zero Production). They earned honors in the Television Program, on Location category.

Here are the rest of the awards:


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"

Radio Show/Audio Webcast
"This American Life"

"Eating Alabama"

Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location
"Martha Stewart's Cooking School"

Television Program, on Location
"The Mind of a Chef"

Television Segment
"Friday Arts, Art of Food"

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional
"Thirsty For…"

Video Webcast, on Location
"The Perennial Plate: Europe and South Asia"


Cooking, Recipes, or Instruction
Andy Ricker Saveur "The Star of Siam"

Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award
Alan Richman GQ

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

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 EatingWell "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

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

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages
Besha Rodell Punch "40 Ounces to Freedom"