This week the James Beard Foundation announced its nominees for its journalism and book awards, and Food Channel contributors are very generously represented. In order of appearance on the announcement, they're David Sax (Save The Deli, Writing and Literature), Rick Bayless (Mexico One Plate at a Time, TV Food Personality), Ming Tsai (A Moveable Feast with America's Favorite Chefs, Television Special), Hank Shaw (Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, Food Blog) Barry Estabrook (The Price of Tomatoes, Magazine Feature Writing Without Recipes), and, in restaurants, Grant Achatz's Alinea (Outstanding Service).

Richly deserved honors all—and so are the nominations for many friends and colleagues whose work I admire enormously and frequently mention in my own. It's a great group this year, and I encourage you to read as many of the nominated articles and books (and buy those books please!) as you can—the list provides a couple weeks' feasting at least. My many congratulations to them, and thanks to the contributors on the list, past and future, who enrich the Food Channel.