In a night full of Lucky Peach wins and a lifetime achievement award for Deborah Madison, former Austinite Toni Tipton-Martin won a James Beard Award last night for her book, “The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks.”

Tipton-Martin, whose book was published through the University of Texas Press and who lived in Austin until last year, has had a long career in food writing, but it wasn’t until she dug deep into a subject she’d pursued for years — the African American cookbooks in her own library and the existing books she did not yet own — that the nation’s foremost journalism awards acknowledged her efforts.

You can read our 2015 profile of Tipton-Martin and her book.

Tipton-Martin has been on the James Beard Award committees in the past, but this is her first win and it was in the Reference and Scholarship category.