Beards name "Historic Heston" cookbook of the year

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm •  Published: May 2, 2014

Her first cookbook, "The Cuisines of Mexico," was written based on research with home cooks across Mexico and established her as the foremost authority on the cuisine. It remains the seminal work on the subject.

The Beard Foundation's awards honor those who follow in the footsteps of Beard, considered the dean of American cooking when he died in 1985. Friday's ceremony named winners in media and publishing; a separate ceremony on Monday will be held for chefs and restaurants.

Some familiar faces nabbed broadcast awards Friday. Martha Stewart was honored for her public television series "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" in the studio-based television category, while Anthony Bourdain took the top honor for on-location television for "The Mind of a Chef," also on public television. Outstanding food personality or host went to Food Network's Ina Garten for her "Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics."

The big winner in the journalism awards was David Chang's Lucky Peach, a quarterly launched in 2011 that quickly became one of the top food magazines. Though the magazine itself wasn't honored Friday, its writers netted awards in five different categories — humor, food and culture writing, personal essay, profile and the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.


J.M. Hirsch is the food editor for The Associated Press. He tweets at