John Birdsall's America, Your Food Is So Gay, about his homo neighbors Pat and Lou whom he adored when he was ten in 1970, today earned a James Beard Award nomination. So did Dick Soup, by Fuchsia Dunlop who is also honored for her Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking.
Among the twelve categories of book awards:
One Good Dish, David Tanis
Smoke: New Firewood Cooking, Tim Byres
Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate, Richard Blais
Historic Heston, Heston Blumenthal ($125, fyi)
Manresa: An Edible Reflection, David Kinch
René Redzepi: A Work in Progress, Rene Redzepi
Reference and Scholarship
A History of Food in 100 Recipes, William Sitwell
See all the writing and restaurant nominees here.