Our James Beard Picks vs. The Beard Awards

Fat by Jennifer McLagan came up big, winning for Single Subject and Cookbook of the Yearread the reviewed on EMD.

The James Beard Awards were last night, and with 6 out of our 10 cookbook picks coming up golden, we're calling the evening a success. A hearty congrats to the winners.

American Cooking

Our Pick: Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from the Times-Picayune of New Orleans edited by Marcel Bienvenu and Judy Walker [buy it]
Winner: Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook by Martha Hall Foose [buy it]
Reaction? Pleasantly surprised.

Baking

Our Pick: Baking for All Occasions: A Treasury of Recipes for Everyday Celebrations by Flo Braker [buy it]
Winner: Bakewise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Baking by Shirley O. Corriher [buy it]
Reaction? This was kind of a toss-up for us to begin with, so we're ok with it.

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Our Pick: Alinea by Grant Achatz [buy it]
Winner: Alinea by Grant Achatz
Reaction? Wooo! Also, a little bit duh.

General Cooking

Our Pick: Martha Stewart Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook by Martha Stewart with Sarah Carey. [buy it]
Winner: How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition) by Mark Bittman [buy it]
Reaction? We're about as excited for this win as its author, who left the ceremony before his category was announced. decided being in Paris was more important than picking up his medal.

International

Our Pick: Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid [buy it]
Winner: Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
Reaction? Yay!

Photography

Our Pick: The Big Fat Duck Cookbook Photography: Dominic Davies, Artist: Dave McKean [buy it]
Winner: The Big Fat Duck Cookbook Photography: Dominic Davies, Artist: Dave McKean
Reaction? Yippee!

Reference and Scholarship

Our Pick: The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg [buy it]
Winner: The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg
Reaction? Hooray!

Single Subject

Our Pick: Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagan [buy it]
Winner: Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagan
Reaction? Hip hip!

Writing and Literature

Our Pick: Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuchsia Dunlop [buy it]
Winner: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan [buy it]
Reaction? Snooze.

Cookbook of the Year

Our Pick: Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagan [buy it]
Winner: Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagan
Reaction? Hell yes.

 

Previously Reviewed on Eat Me Daily

Avant Lard: Fat by Jennifer McLagan
The Alinea Cookbook Could Be Better
The Big Fat Duck Cookbook: Heston Blumenthal's Adventures in Gastroland
Review: Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages
The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
Raising Questions: Raising Steaks by Betty Fussell
Review: Martha Stewart's Cooking School

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