James Beard Foundation Book Awards

The James Beard Foundation Book Awards were established in 1966 as the R.T. French Tastemaker Awards. When funding by R.T. French was discontinued, the awards were sponsored by a number of organizations until they found a home as part of the James Beard Foundation Awards in 1990.

Each year, the James Beard Foundation honors outstanding chefs, restaurants, and cookbooks at a gala ceremony in New York City. The cookbook awards are given in a variety of categories, ranging from "Baking and Desserts" to "Writing on Food."

An author, teacher, and food lover, the late James Beard is often hailed by his peers as the Father of American Cuisine. His respect for America's culinary history and his elevation of traditional American ingredients and recipes to the level of haute cuisine were instrumental in shaping the country's culinary landscape and continue to influence the professional community today.

The James Beard Foundation, based in Beard's Greenwich Village, New York, town house, is committed to preserving America's culinary heritage and to fostering the appreciation of food and cooking. The foundation furthers this ideal through scholarship and grant programs, events at the Beard House, a quarterly publication, and an extensive library and archive.

James Beard Foundation Book Awards
Winners and Nominees, 1989-1999
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Winners and Nominees 1998

New Joy of Cooking General and Cookbook of the Year:
The New Making of a Cook by Madeleine Kamman--Winner!
Alfred Portale's Gotham Bar and Grill Cookbook by Alfred Portale
Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker
Baking and Desserts:
The Best Bread Ever by Charles van Over--Winner!
Desserts for Dummies by Bill Yosses and Bryan Miller
Let Them Eat Cake by Susan Gold Purdy
Entertaining and Special Occasions:
Entertaining 101 by Linda West Eckhardt and Katherine West DeFoyd--Winner!
Fast and Festive Meals for the Jewish Holidays by Marlene Sorosky
The Pleasure of Your Company: How to Give a Dinner Party without Losing Your Mind by Molly O'Neill
Food Of The Americas:
Fiesta: A Celebration of Latin Hospitality by Anya von Bremzen--Winner!
The American Century Cookbook by Jean Anderson
USA Cookbook by Sheila Lukins
Food Of The Mediterranean:
Marcella Cucina by Marcella Hazan--Winner!
Italy Today: The Beautiful Cookbook by Lorenza De'Medici
Regional Foods of Northern Italy: Recipes and Remembrances by Marlena de Blasi
Food Reference and Technique:
Cookwise by Shirley O. Corriher--Winner!
Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques by Jeni Wright and Eric Treuille
Webster's New World Dictionary of Culinary Arts by Steven Labensky, Gaye G. Ingram, Sarah Labensky
Healthy Focus:
American Medical Association Family Health Cookbook: Good Food That's Good for You by Melanie Barnard and Brooke Dojny--Winner!
The Golden Door Cookbook by Michel Stroot
High-Flavor, Low-Fat Italian Cooking by Steven Raichlen
The Food and Flavors of Haute Provence by Georgeanne Brennan--Winner!
Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds
Pierre Franey Cooks with his Friends by Pierre Franey
Single Subject:
The Splendid Grain by Rebecca Wood--Winner!
Charlie Trotter's Seafood by Charlie Trotter
License to Grill by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison--Winner!
The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook by Diana Shaw
Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons
Wine And Spirits:
Cote d'Or by Clive Coates--Winner!
The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson
Wine with Food by Joanna Simon
Writing on Food:
Cod, A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky--Winner!
The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman
The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
Best Food Photography:
The Mezzo Cookbook with John Torode by John Torode and Sarah Francis--Winner!
Charlie Trotter's Seafood by Charlie Trotter
Chocolate by Sara Slavin and Karl Petzke

James Beard Foundation Book Awards: prior year

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