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James Beard Awards

May 13, 2011

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.

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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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midnitechef May 18, 2011
YAY!!! What an awesome recognition for ya'll!
Serene May 17, 2011
So great!
Amanda H. May 16, 2011
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!
Oui, C. May 16, 2011
Congratulations to you both, what a fabulous night it must have been! - S
coloterp May 16, 2011
What a well-deserved honor - congratulations!
Elycooks May 16, 2011
Congrats - so well deserved!
galleyslave May 16, 2011
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.
ellenl May 16, 2011
I also bought the book for myself at the holidays last Dec.--and I love it.
Sasa May 16, 2011
Well deserved, congratulations!
Congrats Amanda & Merrill! When I reviewed this amazing book for ThisMagnificentLife I was dazzled by how dedicated you were in your mission.
Savoirfaire1 May 16, 2011
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.
VivianBoroff May 15, 2011
Congratulations! Very well deserved :-)
DebJ May 15, 2011
Wonderful. Congratulations! I love this book. Thank you.
ellenl May 15, 2011
So where is Merrill's award?
jfinnert May 15, 2011
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.
monkeymom May 15, 2011
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!
Mgmnyc May 15, 2011
Congratulations on the award! and thank you for producing the gorgeous, rich and historical Essential New York Times Cookbook. The award was well deserved!
bigmike1 May 15, 2011
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!
BlueKaleRoad May 15, 2011
Congratulations! Love the happy photo of Amanda and Merrill. A well deserved honor!
DCAngela May 15, 2011
yay! love the book!!