The best in food journalism, writing, broadcast and TV was honored at an event known as the Oscars of the US food world, with Heston Blumenthal emerging the big winner of the night.
“Historic Heston,” a culinary history book of British gastronomy took the award for Cookbook of the Year at the James Beard Foundation Awards, for reviving medieval and Victorian recipes from obscurity.
Other big winners included celebrity TV personalities Ina Garten and Martha Stewart.
Here are some of the book, broadcast and journalism winners:
Cookbook of the Year, Cooking from a Professional Point of View and Photography: “Historic Heston” by Heston Blumenthal
Cookbook Hall of Fame: Diana Kennedy
Baking and Dessert: “The Art of French Pastry,” Jacquy Pfeiffer with Martha Rose Shulman
Beverage: “The Cocktail Lab: Unraveling the Mysteries of Flavor and Aroma in Drink, with Recipes,” by Tony Conigliaro
General Cooking: “Smoke: New Firewood Cooking,” by Tim Byres
International: “Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking,” by Fuchsia Dunlop
Photography: “René Redzepi: A Work in Progress,” Ali Kurshat Altinsoy, Ditte Isager, René Redzepi, Lars Williams, and the Noma Team
Outstanding Personality/Host: Ina Garten, “Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics”
Radio Show: “This American Life,” host Fred Armisen, Ben Calhoun, and Ira Glass
Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location: “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School,” by Martha Stewart
Television Program, on Location: “The Mind of a Chef,” by Anthony Bourdain
Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award: Alan Richman for GQ
“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”
MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award: John Jeremiah Sullivan for Lucky Peach and “I Placed a Jar in Tennessee”
Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication: The Wall Street Journal “Off Duty” section by Beth Kracklauer
Publication of the Year: Civil Eats
Individual Food Blog: Homesick Texan, Lisa Fain
Winners of the chef and restaurant awards will be announced Monday night and livestreamed at http://bit.ly/Q62POG.