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Foundation honors food world leaders




Country cooking got high-end treatment at the James Beard Foundation awards Sunday when some of the top honors went to cookbooks focused on rustic fare.

Cookbook of the year and top international-themed cookbook honors went to the earthy, yet lushly coffee table-worthy “The Country Cooking of Ireland” by Colman Andrews, a co-founder of Saveur magazine and former restaurant critic for Gourmet magazine.

Donald Link’s “Real Cajun,” was named the top cookbook in the American category, which this year was dominated by southern cuisine. It beat out John Besh’s “My New Orleans” and “The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern” by brothers Matt Lee and Ted Lee.

The James Beard awards are regarded as the Oscars of the food world, and honor those who follow in the footsteps of Beard, considered the dean of American cooking when he died in 1985. Sunday’s awards were for cookbooks and media. A separate ceremony for chefs and restaurants was to be held Monday.

Thomas Keller’s “Ad Hoc at Home,” based on the chef’s familystyle fare at his Ad Hoc restaurant in Yountville, Calif., took top honors in the general cooking category.

Claudia Roden’s “A Book of Middle Eastern Food,” a comprehensive exploration of the region’s cuisines, was named to the foundation’s cookbook hall of fame.

In the media awards, top online honors went to some of the biggest names in the Internet food world. Chow.com was named the top food-focused website, while New Yorker Ed Levine’s site, SeriousEats. com, was named top blog.

The defunct, but often honored, Gourmet took a final Beard for magazine feature writing with Barry Estabrook’s March 2009 piece, “The Price of Tomatoes.”

Some winners of the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards for cookbooks and media include:

BOOK AWARDS
— American Cooking “Real Cajun” by Donald Link — Baking and Dessert “Baking” by James Peterson

— Beverage

“Been Doon So Long” by Randall Grahm

— Cooking from a Professional Point of View

“The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts” by The French Culinary Institute with Judith Choate

— General Cooking

“Ad Hoc at Home” by Thomas Keller

— Healthy Focus “Love Soup” by Anna Thomas

— International

“The Country Cooking of Ireland” by Colman Andrews

— Photography

“Seven Fires”

Photographer: Santiago Soto Monllor

— Cookbook of the Year

“The Country Cooking of Ireland” by Colman Andrews

BROADCAST MEDIA AWARDS

— Audio Webcast or Radio Show

The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Host: Kojo Nnamdi

— Television Show, In Studio or Fixed Location

French Food at Home with Laura Calder

Host: Laura Calder

JOURNALISM AWARDS

— Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Reviews

Jonathan Gold LA Weekly — Food Blog SeriousEats.com Ed Levine


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