by Marion Nestle
May 7 2011

James Beard journalism awards recognize food movement

I attended the James Beard Foundation’s journalism awards ceremony last night.   These now go way beyond recognizing writing about recipes and cooking.  They now recognize the burgeoning food movement.  Here are a few highlights:

Harold McGee’s On Food and Cooking won the classic cookbook award.  It’s not a cookbook.  It’s a serious work of scholarship on the science of food.  McGee says the book is now used in high school science classes and students tell him that studying food is inspiring them to go into science.

Barry Estabrook won an award for his outstanding “Politics of the Plate” blog.  He’s already posted the award on his site!

The Edibles—the Edible community magazines—won in the magazine category.  There are now more than 60 of them in communities throughout the country, and more on the way.  They are the easiest way I know of to find out what’s happening in food in your community or when traveling.

Eating Well, that health-conscious magazine way up in Vermont (I’m on its advisory board), picked up so many awards that I lost count.

My sentimental favorite: Grace Young won for Stir Frying to the Sky’s Edge. And she gave the best acceptance speech I’ve ever heard at one of these things.

I’m most proud that the San Francisco Chronicle’s food section, for which I write a monthly (first-Sunday) Food Matters column, won the newspaper award. 


  • Lee Poe

    Congratulations to all the winners. I hope this movement continues to get larger and more people get involved.

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  • Doc Mudd

    Harold McGee’s book On Food and Cooking stands proudly beside Dr Nestle’s books on my food bookshelf.

    These two helped me understand so much about food. Kudo’s to you both.

  • Doc Mudd (the real deal, etc.)

    Ah, my ghost writer has returned…and is improving – got it about half right this time: Harold McGee is da bomb!

    Congrats on the award. Keep it scientific Harry.

    The rest of you, well, keep drinkin’ the KoolAid and channeling Oprah.

  • Jessica

    Congratulations to the winners! Keep up the great work and we all may actually be eating real foods before we know it! 🙂

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  • Thank you, Marion (and The James Beard Foundation). Now come on Canada. Edible Vancouver and Edible Toronto are getting a bit lonely here. We would love to see a few more ‘edibles’ north of the border. If you are passionate about the food stories from your community, join the ‘edible’ family 🙂

  • Suzanne

    Thanks for the plug on “Eating Well”. I just subscribed.

  • What a great “winners” list. How do we hear the great acceptance speech? I love Eating Well and the Edibles.

  • Congratulations are due to all the winners. For everyone else, if you want to know where it all began: “Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood”

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