2009 James Beard Foundation Awards

May 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

Originally posted at Paper Palate on May 7, 2009.

And the winner is . . .

The James Beard Awards are known colloquially as the the food “Oscars.”  Simply put they are the most important awards on the American food scene.  On Monday May 4th the James Beard Foundation gathered together in the Big Apple to name the best of the best.

Among the winners in publishing was Michael Pollan whose In Defense of Food was one top pick.  Pollan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and is a food activist who is critical of conventional agriculture.

Nate Appleman of A16 in San Francisco and whose cookbook of the same name cleaned up at the IACP Awards last month took home the the JBF nod for Rising Star Chef.  Jennifer McLagan’s Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient took two awards, cookbook of the year and single subject cookbook.  2008 JBF Chef of the Year, Grant Achatz, won a book award this year for Alinea a cookbook based on the recipes from his award winning Chicago eatery.

Other JBF publishing winners:

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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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