The James Beard Foundation Announces 2024 Media Award Winners

By Ashley Verrill | June 14 2024 | AdultChildren'sGeneralRetailer Resources

On Sunday, June 8th, the 2024 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winners were announced. As a delightful (and delicious) surprise, five Penguin Random House titles were honored in the Book Awards category, which recognizes cookbooks and other non-fiction food or beverage-related books that were published in the U.S. in 2023. Among the thirteen categories, Penguin Random House took home awards for International, U.S. Foodways, Vegetable-Focused Cooking, Visuals, and General.

Additionally, Ruth Reichl, author of The Paris Novel and host of PBS’s Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth, was celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards ceremony on Monday, June 10, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as the recipient of the 2024 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award.

Please join us in congratulating our authors and celebrating this tasteful news!

Start Here
Winner of the 2024 James Beard Foundation Media Award for General

A practical, information-packed, and transformative guide to becoming a better cook and conquering the kitchen, Start Here is a must-have master class in leveling up your cooking. Packed with practical advice and scientific background, and an almost endless assortment of recipe variations, along with tips, guidance, and how-tos, Start Here is culinary school—without the student loans.

$45.00 US
Oct 31, 2023
656 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The World Central Kitchen Cookbook
Winner of the 2024 James Beard Foundation Media Award for International
In their first cookbook, WCK shares recipes inspired by the many places they’ve cooked following disasters as well as inspiring narratives from the chefs and volunteers on the front lines. Photographs captured throughout the world highlight community and hope while stunning food photography showcases the mouthwatering recipes. The World Central Kitchen Cookbook: Feeding Humanity, Feeding Hope is a celebration of dignity and perseverance—and about building longer tables, not higher walls.
$35.00 US
Sep 12, 2023
304 Pages
Clarkson Potter

Love Japan
Winner of the 2024 James Beard Foundation Media Award for U.S. Foodways
Like many of us, chefs Sawako Okochi and Aaron Israel lead busy lives and often find themselves short on time in the kitchen. Their secret to getting nourishing, delicious food on the table for their family? The Japanese-inspired dishes that Sawako grew up eating. While not rigid in tradition, these recipes are all rooted in the Japanese flavors and techniques taught to Sawako by her mother, with influences from Aaron’s Jewish heritage as well as the menu at Shalom Japan. Through Love Japan’s user-friendly recipes and gorgeous photography, Sawako and Aaron demonstrate that Japanese cooking can be everyday cooking—even (or especially) if you’re short on time, space, or energy.
$30.00 US
May 16, 2023
272 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Winner of the 2024 James Beard Foundation Media Award for Vegetable-Focused Cooking
Heritage and food have always been linked for Hetty Lui McKinnon. Tenderheart is a loving homage to her father, a Chinese immigrant in Australia, told in flavorful, vegetarian recipes. Growing up as part of a Chinese family in Australia, McKinnon formed a deep appreciation for her bicultural identity, and for her father, who moved to Sydney as a teenager and learned English while selling bananas at a local market. As he brought home crates full of produce after work, McKinnon learned about the beauty and versatility of fruits and vegetables.
$40.00 US
May 30, 2023
528 Pages
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Book of Sichuan Chili Crisp
Winner of the 2024 James Beard Foundation Media Award for Visuals
Born in Chengdu and raised everywhere, chef and entrepreneur Jing Gao has introduced America to the hot, tingly sensation of chili crisp and the Sichuan flavors that inspire it, first through her wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and currently through thousands of grocery stores across the United States. Now, in The Book of Sichuan Chili Crisp, Jing shows how nearly every dish can be elevated with Sichuan’s complex flavors, taking you on a unique journey from her hometown to your own kitchen stove, all while sharing her personal story and reflections on this storied cuisine and the challenges she’s encountered along the way.
$35.00 US
Sep 26, 2023
256 Pages
Ten Speed Press
World except Canada