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James Beard 2011 Cookbook Award Finalists Guide with Recipes to Try

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Written by Team Project Foodie   
Monday, 21 March 2011

UPDATED Saturday May 7, 2011: The winners of the 2011 James Beard Book Awards have been announced with Oaxaca al Gusto by Diana Kennedy winning the Cookbook of the Year.  Check the list below to see what books won in the othe 10 categories...

Monday, March 21, 2011

The 2011 James Beard Foundation Book Award finalists have been announced, featuring 10 categories spanning cookbooks, food reference, and literary books.

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As with past years (2010 and 2009) we've assembled a guide to the nominated books to help you delve into the over 30 nominated books. The guide includes links to book reviews from a variety of sources including top magazines, newspapers, and bloggers. And for your cooking pleasure, we point you to recipes from the nominated books.

This Nomination Guide is a "living guide"—meaning that we'll continue to update it with more review links, and even more recipes to try from now until the James Beard award ceremony on May 6th. Following the awards, we'll also update the guide to indicate the James Beard Foundation winners.

Project Foodie's 2011 James Beard Cookbook Nominations Guide

American Cooking | Baking and Dessert Baking | Beverage | Cooking from a Professional Point of View | General Cooking | Healthy Focus | International | Photography | Reference and Scholarship | Single Subject | Writing and Literature

American Cooking

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Frank Castronovo, Frank Falcinelli, and Peter Meehan, (Artisan, 2010).

Reviews: epicurious.com | Publisher's Weekly | Serious Eats | San Francisco Chroncile

Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual".

WINNER

Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas, (Wiley, 2010).

Reviews: LA Weekly | Chicago Tribune | Sacramento Book Review | Fine Cooking | SuperChefBlog.com

Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "Pig: King of the Southern Table".

The Food, Folklore, & Art of Lowcountry Cooking by Joseph Dabney , (Cumberland House, 2010).

Reviews: Saveur | KQED | Root Cuisine | PTIT Chef

Baking and Dessert Baking

WINNER

Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce and Amy Scattergood, (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).

Reviews: KQED | ReadyMade | The Kitchn | The Hungry Engineer | OregonLive | Suite101 | Zester Daily | Seatle Weekly | Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Recipes to try: 5 viewable recipes from "Good to the Grain".

My Sweet Mexico by Fany Gerson, (Ten Speed Press, 2010).

Reviews: The Atlantic | LA Weekly | David Lebovitz | chow.com | Christian Science Monitor | Austin Chronicle

Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats".

Sarabeth’s Bakery by Sarabeth Levin, (Rizzoli, 2010).

Reviews: Project Foodie | Serious Eats | New York Times

Recipes to try: 6 viewable recipes from "Sarabeth’s Bakery".

Beverages

Opus Vino by Jim Gordon, (DK Publishing, 2010).

Reviews: Sacramento Book Review | Wine Blog | Washington Post

Reading Between the Wines by Terry Theise, (University of California Press, 2010).

Reviews: The Kitchn | The Huffington Post | Vinography.com

WINNER

Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr & Jordan Mackay, (Ten Speed Press, 2010).

Reviews: Project Foodie | San Francisco Chronicle | New York Times | corkd.com | San Francisco Magazine | The Huffington Post | LA Times - Daily Dish | Vinography.com | The Washington Post

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Michael Chiarello's Bottega by Michael Chiarello, (Chronicle Books).

Reviews: Inside Scoop SF | Examiner | Project Foodie | San Francisco Book Review | What's Cookin

Recipes to try: 5 viewable recipes from "Bottega".

The Modern Café by Francisco J. Migoya, (Wiley, 2010).

Reviews: SuperChefBlog.com | TheDaringKitchen.com | The Gastronomer's Bookshelf

Recipes to try: 1 viewable recipe from "The Modern Café".

WINNER

Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by Rene Redzepi, photography by Ditte Isager, (Phaidon Press).

Reviews: The Kitchn | The Gaurdian | Saveur | Boston Globe | Houston Chronicle | eater

General Cooking

WINNER

The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hessert, (W.W. Norton and Co.).

Reviews: LA Weekly | Serious Eats | Publisher's Weekly | epicurious | Project Foodie

Recipes to try: 6 viewable recipes from "The Essential New York Times Cookbook".

Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis, (Artisan, 2010).

Reviews: Project Foodie | Vancouver Observer | The Kitchn | LA Weekly | Food52

Recipes to try: 4 viewable recipes from "Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys".

Radically Simple by Rozanne Gold, (Rodale Books, 2010).

Reviews: Project Foodie | Glamour Magazine | New York Times | Food & Wine

Recipes to try: 6 viewable recipes from "Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease".

Healthy Focus

Clean Start by Terry Walters, (Sterline Epicure, 2010).

Reviews: Nourish The Spirit | Serious Eats | Project Foodie | Star Tribune | Metronews | NPR

Recipes to try: 4 viewable recipes from "Clean Start: Inspiring You to Eat Clean and Live Well with 100 New Clean Food Recipes".

WINNER

The Simple Art of EatingWell Cookbook by Jessie Price, (Countryman Press, 2010).

Reviews: Chicago Sun-Times | The Local Cook | Dessert First

The Very Best Recipes for Health by Martha Rose Shulman, (Rodale Books, 2010).

Reviews: LA Weekly | Examiner.com | New York Times | Daily News

International

Cook Italy by Katie Caldesi, (Kyle Books, 2010).

Reviews: Food52 | Serge the Concierge | The Gastronomer's Bookshelf

Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "Cook Italy".

Oaxaca al Gusto by Diana Kennedy, (University of Texas Press, 2010).

Reviews: LA Weekly | Orange Coast | Cooking in Mexico | NPR | Tasting Table

WINNER

Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge by Grace Young, (Simon & Schuster).

Reviews: Project Foodie | Washington Post | New York Times | Chicago Tribune | Oregon Live | Food Gal

Recipes to try: 2 viewable recipes from "Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge".

Photography

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders, (Andrews McMeel Publishing).

Reviews: Project Foodie | The Kitchn | LA Weekly | Foodista | Food & Wine | Serious Eats

Recipes to try: 5 viewable recipes from "The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook".

WINNER

Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine by Rene Redzepi, photography by Ditte Isager, (Phaidon Press).

Reviews: The Kitchn | The Gaurdian | Saveur | Boston Globe | Houston Chronicle | eater

Tartine Bread by Chad Robertson, (Chronicle Books, 2010).

Reviews: Project Foodie | Baking Bites | The Kitchn | The Atlantic | LA Weekly

Recipes to try: 5 viewable recipes from "Tartine Bread".

Reference and Scholarship

Encyclopedia of Jewish Food by Gil Marks, (Wiley, 2010).

Reviews: LA Weekly | Jewish Women’s Archive | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | The Global Gourmet

WINNER

Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, with Recipes by Mark Bitterman, (Ten Speed Press).

Reviews: Salt News | Esquire | The Kitchn | Super Chef | Project Foodie

Recipes to try: 3 viewable recipes from "Salted".

What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets by Peter Menzel, Faith D'Aluisio, (Material World/Ten Speed Press).

Reviews: NPR | Washington Post | The Village Voice | The Telegraph | The Houghington Post | LA Weekly | LA Times

Single Subject

Good Meat by Deborah Krasner, (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).

Reviews: Project Foodie | Examiner | LA Weekly

Recipes to try: 1 viewable recipe from "Good Meat".

Ham by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, (Steward Tabori & Chang, 2010).

Reviews: Project Foodie | The Independent | Miami Herald | Feminist Review | LA Weekly

Recipes to try: 4 viewable recipes from "Ham: An Obsession with the Hindquarter".

WINNER

Meat: A Kitchen Education by James Peterson, (Ten Speed Press).

Reviews: Super Chef | Saveur | The Kitchn | Esquire | LA Weekly | Buffalo News

Recipes to try: 1 viewable recipe from "Meat: A Kitchen Education".

Writing and Literature

Empires of Food by Evan D.G. Fraser and Andrew Rimas, (Free Press, 2010).

Reviews: Serious Eats | NPR | Salon | LA Weekly

WINNER

Four Fish by Paul Greenberg, (Penguin Press HC, 2010).

Reviews: The New York Times | NPR | San Francisco Chronicle | The Observer | Los Angeles Times

Peace Meals by Anna Badkhen, (Free Press, 2010).

Reviews: San Francisco Chronicle | The Christian Science Monitor | PRI’s The World

Did we miss a review? If you have links to more reviews on these books let us know ( This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it ) and we'll add them to the list.

Disclosure: Review copies of books discussed in this post may have been provided to Project Foodie by publicists and/or publishers.

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