Savoring the 2017 James Beard Awards

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The James Beard Awards are the most famous and prestigious of the many chef and cooking awards. 

The 2017 James Beard Awards celebrate nationwide excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education.

California highlights in the restaurant and chef awards include:

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV): Corey Lee (pictured above) for the San Francisco restaurant Benu.

Best Restaurant Design (75 Seats and Under): SingleThread in Healdsburg.

These are the highlights of the media awards that you can check out.

Cookbook of the Year and American Cooking

Victuals: An Appalachian Journey With Recipes by Ronni Lundy

General Cooking

Eat in My Kitchen: To Cook, To Bake, To Eat and To Treat by Meike Peters

International Cooking

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan by Naomi Duguid


You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-ahead Meals by Ellie Krieger

Single Subject

Milk Made: A Book About Cheese. How to Choose It, Serve It, and Eat It by Nick Haddow

Vegetable Cooking

The Middle Eastern Vegetarian Cookbook by Salma Hage


Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki by Martin Cate

Baking and Dessert

Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

Highlights of James Beard Award Winners available online.

Outstanding Personality/Host: Andrew Zimmern for Andrew Zimmern's Bucket List

Podcast: The Four Top

Radio Show/Audio Webcast: Hidden Kitchens:War & Peace & Food

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional: Kitchen Conundrums with Thomas Joseph

Video Webcast, on Location: Working 24 Hours at ...

Dining and Travel Writing: "I Want Crab. Pure Maryland Crab." by Bill Addison

Food and Culture Writing: "A Last Dinner in the Jungle" by Shane Mitchell

Personal Essay: "All I Want Are Some Potato Skins" by Keith Pandolfi

Visual Essay: "Thrill Ride" by Vince Dixon and Mariya Pylavev

Wine, Spirits, And Other Beverages Writing: "The Great Craft Beer Sellout" by Dave Infante

Publication of the Year: Roads and Kingdoms
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