Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reading Material (Pt II) - James Beard Foundation 2010 Journalism Award Finalists

In my last post, I listed the books that have been selected as finalists for the 2010 James Beard Foundation awards, with links to them on Amazon. Here I've listed the finalists for the journalism awards. I find these lists make for some great reading material, and there's certainly no reason to limit your review to only those that are ultimately selected for the award. I'm not sure why it's so hard to find a convenient source with links to all the nominated articles, so I've given all the links I've been able to find:

Category: Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Reviews

Jonathan Gold (LA Weekly)
"Sauced", "Hot Birria, Cold Cerveza", "Hare Today"

Patric Kuh (Los Angeles)
"Border Crossing", "Peru Calling" (this can't possibly be the entire review worthy of a nomination), "The Classic"

Jason Sheehan (Westord)
"White on White" (this is a guess, I see nothing with this title), "Wonderland", "Mourning"

Category: Food Blog

Grub Street New York
Serious Eats
Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Category: Food-related Columns

Colman Andrews (Gourmet)
Column: Good Living Restaurants
"Veni Vidi Vetri", "It's Up to You, New York, New York", "Smoke and Miracles"

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (Minnesota Monthly)
"The Doughnut Gatherer", "Capital Grills", "Pizza Perfect"

Rachel Wharton (Edible Brooklyn)
Column: Back of the House
"Egg", "Roberta's", "Franny's and Bklyn Larder"

Category: Magazine Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs

Alan Richman (GQ) "American Pie"
Anya von Bremzen (Saveur) "Soul of a City"
Francis Lam (Gourmet) "The Last Chinese BBQ" (republished in Salon)

Category: Magazine Feature Writing With Recipes

Dana Bowen (Saveur) "The Wonders of Ham"
Francine Maroukian, Jon Reiner, Staff of Esquire (Esquire) "How Men Eat"
Matt Goulding (Men's Health) "The Beauty of the Beast"

Category: Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes

Alan Richman (GQ) "Hillbilly Truffle"
Barry Estabrook (Gourmet) "The Price of Tomatoes"
Raffi Khatchadourian (New Yorker) "The Taste Makers"

Category: M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

John T. Edge (The Oxford American) "In Through the Back Door"
Alan Richman (GQ) "Le Petit Gourmet"
Francine Prose (Saveur) "Faith and Bacon"


Category: Multimedia Food Feature

Antoinette Bruno, Amanda McDougall, Jonathan J. Proville (Starchefs.com) "The Art and Economics of Charcuterie, Parts 2, 3, 4" (I've linked to each part by its number, and to Part 1 in the title, just for the heck of it)
Kevin Pang (Chicagotribune.com) "The Cheeseburger Show"
Robb Walsh (Houstonpress.com) "Not So Clear Cut"

Category: Newspaper Feature Writing About Restaurants and/or Chefs

Tim Carman (Washington City Paper) "How Not to Hire a Chef / The Canning Process"
Jared Jacang Maher (Westword) "A Hunger to Help"
Kein Pang (Chicago Tribune) "Plan D"

Category: Newspaper Feature Writing

Sarah DiGregorio (Village Voice) "Liver and Let Liver"
Cliff Doerksen (Chicago Reader) "The Real American Pie"
Mike Sula (Chicago Reader) "The Charcuterie Underground"

Category: Newspaper Food Section

Boston Globe (Sheryl Julian)
San Francisco Chronicle (Jon Bonné and Miriam Morgan)
Washington Post (Joe Yonan)

Category: Reporting on Health, Environment or Nutrition

Monica Eng (Chicago Tribune) "Nacho Lunch? Yes, Every Day"
Daniel Engber (Slate) "Thowing Out the Wheat"
Rowan Jacobsen (EatingWell) " ... Or Not to Bee"

Category: Website Focusing on Food, Beverage, Restaurants, or Nutrition

Chow.com (Jane Goldman)
Epicurious.com (Tanya W. Steel)
Saveur.com (James Oseland)

Category: Writing on Spirits, Wine, or Beer

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl (Minnesota Monthly) "Chardonnay Uncorked"
Jonathan Gold (LA Weekly) "The New Cocktailians"
Lettie Teague (Food & Wine) "Is Grüner a Great Wine or a Groaner?"

OK, now read up.


  1. Thanks for collecting these all in one place. There's an education right here in this collection. I love Jonathan Gold, Grub Sreet, and Saveur! Some new ones for me on the list too...

  2. What struck me as somewhat odd is how many people make multiple appearances on the list - Alan Richman like 3 times, but also J. Gold twice (for a cocktail article!) and Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of the Minnesota Monthly (?!) twice too. I seem to recall last year's list being a bit more diverse.

  3. I agree last year was more diverse, but other years have been much like this one. There is a strong New York bias in the nominees, partly because so many publications are based there and partly because the New York food gang makes a concerted effort every year to enter material. It's a little publicized element of the Journalism Awards that the three nominees are actually finalists who had to submit their articles themselves, or had them submitted by their publisher, to the judging panel. Newer writers and shall we say less "urban" writers may not know the system as well and that is why we see a lot of the same names popping up every year. I think Alan Richman has (seriously) about 20 Beard Awards; he's good, yes, but he also has multiple entries every year the awards have been offered. If more writers submitted, there would be more diversity in the nominees, er, finalists. Maybe.