What I like about The James Beard awards, called “the Oscars of food writing,” is that I can find most of the journalism award-winning pieces online.
I want to soak up their brilliance. I also know I will be a little envious. That’s okay. Reading them gives me ideas for my own writing.
These essays will make you laugh, amaze you, make you nod in recognition, make you outraged — all emotions generated by skilled writers (and their editors). They are worth my time, and yours.
Just so you know, judges can only judge the entries. We don’t go out and look for work that might win. So if you don’t enter, you can’t win. (I am a book judge and a past judge for the Bert Greene Awards for IACP.)
Here, for your reading pleasure, are most of the journalism award winners. Enjoy the fine writing at your leisure. Look up all the James Beard winners here, for cookbooks and videos.
- The Star of Siam, by Andy Ricker, in Saveur
- Alan Richman Walks into a Jewish Deli, by Alan Richman, in GQ
- America, Your Food is so Gay, by John Birdsall, in Lucky Peach (reprinted on his Tumblr blog)
- Lunch at 8500 Feet, by Nick Paumgarten, Bon Appetit
- Off Duty section, by Beth Kracklauer, The Wall Street Journal
- Too Much of Too Little, by Eli Saslow, The Washington Post
- The Obsessivore column, by Adam Sachs, Bon Appetit
- The Whole-Grain, Reduced-Fat, Zero-Calorie, High-Fiber, Lightly Sweetened Truth about Food Labels, by Rachel Moeller Gorman, Eating Well
- On the Trail with Wylie, by Lia Hanawalt, Lucky Peach
- I Placed a Jar in Tennessee, by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Lucky Peach
- Dick Soup, by Fuschia Dunlop, Lucky Peach
- A Day on Long Island with Alex Lee, by Francis Lam, Lucky Peach
- 40 Ounces to Freedom, by Besha Rodell, Punch
- Civil Eats, Publication of the Year (but it’s a website?)