On Friday, the James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Awards, which honoring the nation’s top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts and food journalists. Although none of the winners were from Austin, a handful have ties to Texas and our fine city.
Lisa Fain, author of two "Homesick Texan" books, won best Individual Food Blog for the website that started it all, homesicktexan.com. (We’ll be covering Fain’s latest book ahead of her June 10th appearance at BookPeople, and she will be returning to Austin in September to give one of the keynotes at the Austin Food Blogger Alliance’s Byte of Texas Conference.)
Diana Kennedy was inducted into the Cookbook Hall of Fame, and Alan Richman of GQ beat out the Houston Chronicle’s Alison Cook for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award. Fort Worth chef Tim Byres took the top award in General Cooking for his book, "Smoke: New Firewood Cooking," which featured photography from Austinite Jody Horton.
Amy Thielen’s "The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes" won best American Cooking cookbook, which tickles my Midwestern heart to no avail, and Martha Rose Shulman, a former Austinite who had a column in the Austin American-Statesman in the 1970s, was the co-author on "The Art of French Pastry," which was honored in the Baking and Dessert category.
The best restaurant and chef awards will be handed out tonight at a ceremony in New York. Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine and Odd Duck is a finalist for Best Chef Southwest.
In other awards news, Love and Lemons, from Austinites Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews,was voted the Best Cooking Blog in Saveur’s annual contest a few weeks ago.