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James Beard Awards

In case you missed it, Amanda won herself a James Beard Award for The Essential New York Times Cookbook at the James Beard Foundation's Broadcast & Journalism Awards last Friday night. Best of all, Merrill -- who worked with Amanda for five years on the book -- was on hand to celebrate.

Since the very idea for food52 grew out of Amanda & Merrill's work on this big, handsome book, the win is especially poignant -- we can all be grateful that this book is what brought us all together here at food52. Now let's all gaze at the bling.

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs Dorman at the James Beard Awards  The Essential New York Times Cookbook

Photos: Ken Goodman (above); Tad Friend on the iPhone cam (near left)

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Comments (74)


over 4 years ago midnitechef

YAY!!! What an awesome recognition for ya'll!


over 4 years ago Serene

So great!


over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

Hey, wow -- really -- thanks for all of your generous and thoughtful comments. I'm sorry not to have responded sooner but Merrill and I have actually been pulling late nights this past week getting the proofs of the first food52 Cookbook back to our editor! We really appreciate your sentiments -- it was a dream project and we had years of fun working on it. It brought us here, and we're very happy about that. Thanks, everyone!


over 4 years ago Oui, Chef

Congratulations to you both, what a fabulous night it must have been! - S


over 4 years ago coloterp

What a well-deserved honor - congratulations!


over 4 years ago Elycooks

Congrats - so well deserved!


over 4 years ago galleyslave

Congratulations on well-derved recognition! Your dedication, energy,generosity of spirit, and most of all FOOD! has earned you a place in the pantheon of single-named cooks. Bask.


over 4 years ago ellenl

I also bought the book for myself at the holidays last Dec.--and I love it.


over 4 years ago Sasa

Well deserved, congratulations!


over 4 years ago liz@thismaglife

Congrats Amanda & Merrill! When I reviewed this amazing book for ThisMagnificentLife I was dazzled by how dedicated you were in your mission.


over 4 years ago Savoirfaire1

Congratulations, Amanda and Merrill! I knew that you win. Right before Easter, I visited my 80 something years young grandmother and noticed that she has a copy of the cookbook on her shelf. Gran is very selective about cookbooks and only purchases the best.


over 4 years ago VivianBoroff

Congratulations! Very well deserved :-)


over 4 years ago DebJ

Wonderful. Congratulations! I love this book. Thank you.


over 4 years ago ellenl

So where is Merrill's award?


over 4 years ago jfinnert

well deserved congratulations! The book was a great concept. My imagination is much bigger than my stomach, so it's no surprise I've read much more than I've cooked, but what I've tried has worked out extremely well. I consider it a reliable source of good ideas, with a historical slant that makes every dish more interesting.


over 4 years ago monkeymom

Amanda, sure hope you are savoring your time in the spotlight. I also love my copy of the book and will be very happily trying the recipes for year to come. Thanks to you and Merrill for all of your hard work!


over 4 years ago Mgmnyc

Congratulations on the award! and thank you for producing the gorgeous, rich and historical Essential New York Times Cookbook. The award was well deserved!


over 4 years ago bigmike1

congrats indeed Amanda and Merrill!!I have learned alot from you 2 ladies.Always excellent recipes weitten with wit and complete knowledge of subject.I am buying the book!


over 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! Love the happy photo of Amanda and Merrill. A well deserved honor!


over 4 years ago DCAngela

yay! love the book!!