Oaxaca al Gusto:
An Infinite Gastronomy
By Elina Shatkin, Mon., May 9 2011
It's a case of local boy makes good -- make that two local boys -- at this year's James Beard Media Awards. Our own Jonathan Gold won the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award while Patrick Kuh of Los Angeles magazine won the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award. In the first ever Humor category, odds-on favorite Ruth Bourdain won. (She did not publicly accept her award.)
Other noteworthy awards went to Diana Kennedy, who won best cookbook of the year for Oaxaca al Gusto, which our cookbook reviewer described as "her best cookbook to date." Top Chef won best TV show while Politics Of The Plate won Best Individual Food Blog. Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas won American Cooking, and Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours by former Los Angeles pastry chef Kim Boyce and Squid Ink editor Amy Scattergood won in the Baking and Dessert category.
The chef and restaurant winners will be announced tonight in New York.
Winners of the 2011 James Beard Media Awards
-- Cookbook Hall of Fame: On Food and Cooking: The Science & Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee
-- Cookbook of the Year: Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy by Diana Kennedy
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