Beard Award Nominations All Round

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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.

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Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." More

Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." Julia Child once said, "I think he's a very good food writer. He really does his homework. As a reporter and a writer he takes his work very seriously." Kummer's 1990 Atlantic series about coffee was heralded by foodies and the general public alike. The response to his recommendations about coffees and coffee-makers was typical--suppliers scrambled to meet the demand. As Giorgio Deluca, co-founder of New York's epicurean grocery Dean & Deluca, says: "I can tell when Corby's pieces hit; the phone doesn't stop ringing." His book, The Joy of Coffee, based on his Atlantic series, was heralded by The New York Times as "the most definitive and engagingly written book on the subject to date." In nominating his work for a National Magazine Award (for which he became a finalist), the editors wrote: "Kummer treats food as if its preparation were something of a life sport: an activity to be pursued regularly and healthfully by knowledgeable people who demand quality." Kummer's book The Pleasures of Slow Food celebrates local artisans who raise and prepare the foods of their regions with the love and expertise that come only with generations of practice. Kummer was restaurant critic of New York Magazine in 1995 and 1996 and since 1997 has served as restaurant critic for Boston Magazine. He is also a frequent food commentator on television and radio. He was educated at Yale, immediately after which he came to The Atlantic. He is the recipient of five James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.
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