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The James Beard Finalists Are Announced

Dave Feldman Mar 22, 2010 09:43 AM

Discuss amongst yourselves:


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    jenn RE: Dave Feldman Mar 23, 2010 12:57 PM

    Thanks for posting. wonder why there is no discuss??????

    1. kpaumer RE: Dave Feldman Mar 23, 2010 03:36 PM

      Congratulations to Chow.com & Jane Goldman. This is a great site, and I'm glad to be part of the community.

      1. buttertart RE: Dave Feldman Mar 24, 2010 08:37 AM

        The international category is interesting. The Eileen Yin-Fei Lo book nominated is in my opinion her least successful. My struggle with same: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/662457

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          Dave Feldman RE: buttertart Mar 24, 2010 09:42 PM

          Just read your thread and I know exactly your feeling of ups and downs in the same cookbook. It's pretty common for cookbooks to start well and fade, just like too many novels!

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            buttertart RE: Dave Feldman Mar 25, 2010 05:47 AM

            I was very disappointed in it. I'm glad to see I'm not alone in my assessment. And agree about novels: really the only contemporary one recently that I've seen that started strong and got better is Lorrie Moore's "A Gate at the Stairs" - has a fair amount about food in it, too.

        2. pikawicca RE: Dave Feldman Mar 25, 2010 05:58 AM

          Odd that all 3 nominees for best American cookbook are southern.

          "The Country Cooking of Ireland" is a gorgeous book, but full of errors (mostly in amounts of ingredients).

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            buttertart RE: pikawicca Mar 25, 2010 06:04 AM

            His books have always struck me as slapdash.

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              katecooksthebooks RE: pikawicca Sep 3, 2010 12:45 PM

              I chose that as a future book to review on my blog. This is why I decdied to review cookbooks by making the recipes: they win awards but nobody seems to notice they're full of typos!

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              Pizza Lover RE: Dave Feldman Mar 25, 2010 08:30 AM

              The best laugh I had today - Iron Chef America as a nominee in the best television show (fixed/studio location).

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                hungry_pangolin RE: Pizza Lover Mar 25, 2010 01:10 PM

                That ICA was nominated is pretty laughable, but a sad comment on what passes, currently. I was pleased, though, to see that Laura Calder was nominated - well deserved.

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                  Pizza Lover RE: hungry_pangolin Mar 25, 2010 07:18 PM

                  If this is the best that the folks at James Beard could come up with, then let's question their criteria and what these awards mean. It is a boring list and if the award is for personality, then Laura Calder should win (however she has been cooking the same food for 3 seasons now - time for a change).

              2. alkapal RE: Dave Feldman Oct 28, 2010 07:17 PM

                I don't know when the winners were announced, but I want to congratulate fellow hound, Maureen Fant, for winning the award (along with her co-author) for Best Reference Book, "The Encyclopedia of Pasta." http://www.jbfawards.com/pdf/JBF_Awar...

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                  The Dairy Queen RE: alkapal Oct 29, 2010 10:47 PM

                  I think the winners were announced in late May/Early June, but, yes, congrats to Maureen Fant. I completely missed that! Very exciting!


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