Boy was I surprised to hear my name at the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards last night. Not false humility: the competition was incredibly strong, and flattering company to be in. Laura Shapiro and Dorie Greenspan are not just two of my favorite people, they're two of my favorite writers. Complete list of winners here, along with links to the pieces Laura and Dorie were nominated for, and my Atlantic columns, "A Papaya Grows in Holyoke," "Beyond the McIntosh," and "Half a Loaf." My only thoughts are gratitude--and pulling for our very own Back of the House Grant Achatz's book Alinea at the Big Deal black-tie ceremony tonight.
"My main objective was to be a jazz-playing clown. That kind of worked out."