america's best worst cook
pickled cucumbers

America’s Best Worst Cook: “Hi, I’m America’s Best Worst Cook”; “Dear Chefs, Will Eating This Kill Me?” and “How to Roast a Chicken? The Answers Are Horrifying.”

JJ Goode


Local Fare: “The Question of Dinner”; “Dixie Vodka”; and “Folk Witness”

John T. Edge 

Oxford American

What We Talk About When We Talk About American Food: “The Pickled Cucumbers That Survived the 1980s AIDS Epidemic”; “A Second Look at the Tuna Sandwich’s All-American History”; and “Freedom and Borscht for Ukrainian-Jewish Émigrés”

Mari Uyehara


Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Reviews

hearth and hound
fire gods of dc
four seasons

Counter Intelligence: “The Hearth & Hound, April Bloomfield’s New Los Angeles Restaurant, Is Nothing Like a Gastropub”; “There’s Crocodile and Hog Stomach, but Jonathan Gold Is All About the Crusty Rice at Nature Pagoda”; and “At Middle Eastern Restaurants, It All Starts with Hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel’s Is Magnificent”

Jonathan Gold

Los Angeles Times

“The Fire Gods of Washington, D.C.”; “David Chang’s Majordomo Is No Minor Feat”; and “North America’s Best Cantonese Food Is in Canada”

Bill Addison 


“The Four Seasons Returns. But Can It Come Back?” “Why David Chang Matters”; and “A Celebration of Black Southern Food, at JuneBaby in Seattle”

Pete Wells

The New York Times

Dining and Travel

chau down
many chinas

Chau Down: “A New Orleans Food Diary”; “A Portland Food Diary”; and “A Chicago Food Diary”

Danny Chau

The Ringer

“Dim Sum Is Dead, Long Live Dim Sum”

Max Falkowitz

Airbnb Magazine

“Many Chinas, Many Tables”

Jonathan Kauffman and Team

San Francisco Chronicle

Feature Reporting

new york times
california sunday
shell game

“Big in Japan”

Tejal Rao

The New York Times Magazine

“A Kingdom from Dust”

Mark Arax

The California Sunday Magazine

“Shell Game: Saving Florida’s Oysters Could Mean Killing a Way of Life”

Laura Reiley and Eve Edelheit

Tampa Bay Times

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication

new york
burrata brothers
making it new

New York Magazine

Robin Raisfeld, Rob Patronite, Maggie Bullock, and the Staff of New York Magazine

Roads & Kingdoms

Nathan Thornburgh, Matt Goulding, Anup Kaphle, and the Roads & Kingdoms Team

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Kurt Soller, Hanya Yanagihara, and the Staff of T Magazine


bon appetit
hunger for tomatoes
northern food

“Back to Where It All Began: I Had Never Eaten in Ghana Before. But My Ancestors Had."

Michael W. Twitty

Bon Appétit

“A Hunger for Tomatoes”

Shane Mitchell

The Bitter Southerner

“What is Northern Food?”

Steve Hoffman

Artful Living

Health and Wellness

clean label's secret
last conversation
white people food

“Clean Label’s Dirty Little Secret”

Nadia Berenstein

The New Food Economy

“The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right” and “The Last Conversation You’ll Need to Have on Eating Right: The Follow-ups”

Mark Bittman and David L. Katz

New York Magazine / Grub Street

“‘White People Food’ Is Creating An Unattainable Picture Of Health”

Kristen Aiken


Home Cooking

melissa clark's thanksgiving
subtle thrill of cold chicken salad

“Melissa Clark’s Thanksgiving”

Melissa Clark

The New York Times

“The Subtle Thrills of Cold Chicken Salad”

Cathy Erway


“Top Secret Ingredients”

Kathleen Purvis

Garden & Gun

Innovative Storytelling

warter boiled fish
100 most jewish
whats in a food truck

“In Search of Water-Boiled Fish”

Angie Wang


“100 Most Jewish Foods”

Alana Newhouse, Gabriella Gershenson, and
Stephanie Butnick

Tablet Magazine

“What’s in a Food Truck?”

Bonnie Berkowitz, Seth Blanchard, Aaron Steckelberg, and
Monica Ulmanu

The Washington Post

Investigative Reporting

how america treats black farmers
killing season
victims blame fda

“It's Not Fair, Not Right’: How America Treats Its Black Farmers”

Debbie Weingarten and
Audra Mulkern

The Guardian and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project

“A Killing Season”

Boyce Upholt

The New Republic

“Victims Blame FDA for Food-Recall Failures”

Christine Haughney Dare-Bryan


Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award

dinner at playboy
sexual harassment allegations

“Storied Ovens”; “Food Outside the U.S. Open Gates”; and “A New Destination for Chinese Food: Not Flushing, but Forest Hills”

Max Falkowitz

The New York Times; Plate Magazine

“My Dinner at the Playboy Club”; “Curry and Roti Destination Singh’s Lights Up Queens”; and “Where New Yorkers Actually Eat in Times Square”

Robert Sietsema

Eater NY

“Yes Indeed, Lord: Queen’s Cuisine, Where Everything Comes from the Heart”; “Top 10 New Orleans Restaurants for 2019”; and “Sexual Harassment Allegations Preceded Sucré Co-Founder Tariq Hanna’s Departure”

Brett Anderson

Nola.com | The Times-Picayune


M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award

california sunday
poet's table
northern food

“A Kingdom from Dust”

Mark Arax

The California Sunday Magazine

“The Poet’s Table”

Mayukh Sen

Poetry Foundation

“What Is Northern Food?”

Steve Hoffman

Artful Living

Personal Essay, Long Form

pizza cinnamon rolls
needt to find me
iranian cookbook

“I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter”

Geraldine DeRuiter


“Need to Find Me? Ask My Ham Man”

Catherine Down

The New York Times

“Writing an Iranian Cookbook in an Age of Anxiety”

Naz Deravian

The Atlantic

Personal Essay, Short Form

doritos lady chips

“Doritos is Developing Lady-Friendly Chips Because You Should Never Hear a Woman Crunch”

Maura Judkis

The Washington Post

“I’m a Chef with Terminal Cancer. This Is What I’m Doing with the Time I Have Left”

Fatima Ali

Bon Appétit

“Savoring the School Lunch”

Rebekah Denn

The Seattle Times


heaven place in harlem
short and brilliant life
cook and hear of sf

“Heaven Was a Place in Harlem”

Vince Dixon


“The Short and Brilliant Life of Ernest Matthew Mickler”

Michael Adno

The Bitter Southerner

“You Died’: The Resurrection of a Cook in the Heart of SF’s Demanding Culinary Scene”

Jonathan Kauffman

San Francisco Chronicle

Wine, Spirits, and Other Beverages

gulp war
trump's horrific wine
wine wrold

“The Gulp War”

Dave Stroup


“Welch’s Grape Jelly with Alcohol’: How Trump’s Horrific Wine Became the Ultimate Metaphor for His Presidency”

Corby Kummer

Vanity Fair

“Why Is the Wine World So Un-Woke?”

Jon Bonné


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