Two Portland Chefs Win James Beard Cookbook Award Nominations

Cookbooks by Portland Chefs Gregory Gourdet (Everyone’s Table) and Joshua McFadden (Cereals for every season) are officially in the James Beard ring, up for the foundation’s prestigious award. The nominees were announced today for the James Beard Foundation 2022 Media Awards, which focuses solely on cookbooks, broadcast media and journalism. Read the list of finalists here. The finalists in the top chef and restaurant categories were announced in March, with three Portlanders vying for the awards.

Everyone’s Table is Gourdet’s first cookbook, a triumph of global flavors but also paleo-friendly and dairy- and gluten-free. He finds himself in an esteemed (and highly competitive) company in the General Cookbook category, taking on legends David Chang and Nigella Lawson.

But Gourdet can hold on — and I bet on him. It is a book for the times. As I wrote in a review of Everyone’s table, “The best cookbooks offer a point of view, while broadening the conversation about what we eat and how we eat it. This one has at least three: the joy of flavors from around the world, an argument for milks from nuts and alternative flours, and the wonder of Haitian cuisine.

McFadden, who along with Gourdet was swept up in numerous allegations about the toxic work culture in restaurants in 2020, won Beard gold in 2018 for Sixth Season: A New Way with Vegetables, an instant classic. Cereals for every season: rethinking the way we do with cereals by McFadden and his writing partner Martha Holmberg, veteran writer and cookbook author, is competing in the Single Subject category, against books devoted to pork and beans. The last time cereal was the subject of a local cookbook, Portland won aces, as Kim Boyce Good for the grain won an award in 2011. Could this be an omen? Stay tuned.

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