James Beard Foundation Award Finalists Announced

Whether you love discovering new recipes or just want to drool over the beautiful photographs, you'll want to check out the James Beard Award finalists for excellence in cookbooks and food writing.

American Cooking:

Fire in My Belly, Kevin Gillespie & David Joachim

Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart

Southern Comfort, Allison Vines-Rushing & Slade Rushing


How to Love Wine, Eric Asimov

Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs

Wine Grapes, Julia Harding, Jancis Robinson & Jose Vouillimoz

General Cooking:

Canal House Cooks Every Day, Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer

Modernist Cuisine at Home, Nathan Myhrvold & Maxime Bilet

What Katie Ate, Katie Quinn Davies


Burma, Naomi Duguid

Gran Cocinca Latina, Maricel E. Presilla

Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Reference & Scholarship:

101 Classic Cookbooks, Marvin J. Taylor & Clark Wofl

The Art of Fermentation, Sandor Ellix Katz

The Cookbook Library, Anne Willan, Mark Cherniavsky & Kyri Claflin

Baking & Dessert:

Bouchon Bakery, Thomas Keller & Sebastien Rouxel

The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook, Tom Douglas

Flour Water Salt Yeast, Ken Forkish

Professional Point of View:

Come In, We're Closed, Christine Carroll & Jody Eddy

The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Italian Cuisine, Cesare Casella & Stephanie Lyness

Toque!, Normand Laprise

Focus on Health:

Cooking Light: The New Way to Cook Light, Editors of Cooking Light

The Sprouted Kitchen, Sara Forte & Hugh Forte

True Food, Andrew Weil & Sam Fox

Single Subject:

Afield, Jesse Griffiths

Modern Sauces, Martha Holmberg

Ripe, Nigel Slater

Vegetable Focused & Vegetarian:

Foraged Flavor, Tama Matsuoka Wong & Eddy Leroux

Herbivoracious, Michael Natkin

Roots, Diane Morgan

Writing & Literature:

The American Way of Eating, Tracie McMillan

The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat, Thomas McNamee

Yes, Chef, Marcus Samuelsson


Bouchon Bakery, Thomas Keller & Sebastien Rouxel

Toque!, Normand Laprise

What Katie Ate, Katie Quinn Davies

Written by Becker on March 27, 2013


Becky G. on March 28, 2013


Both Ripe and Modern Sauces are among my own favorites of the year, and I can't wait to get my hands on Roots and What Katie Ate. This promises to be a great list! Thank you for posting.

Becker on March 28, 2013


Yes, I'm looking forward to What Katie Ate, too. So many of these just LOOK so beautiful! Yes, Chef was one of my favorites last year!

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