Well this is pretty cool. It seems the folks at the James Beard Foundation like Hunter Angler Gardener Cook enough to nominate me for an award for Best Food Blog. I am a finalist in the category, along with Andrew Knowlton’s blog over at Bon Appetit magazine and a crew of writers over at Sunset magazine.
James Beard is one of those giants of the food world who was, by all accounts, one helluva dinner guest. Beard also was a lover of American food and American ingredients, and as such as became one of my early influences. I have a tattered copy of his Fish Cookery in my collection, and his Fowl And Game Bird Cookery is among my favorites for game birds. A shame I missed him.
I am happy to be in such fine company as Bon Appetit and Sunset, and am flattered — shocked, really — to be the lone non-commercial blog in the mix. There are so many other great blogs out there: Orangette, Michael Ruhlman, anything Carol Blymire does, Elise’s blog over at Simply Recipes – I could go on and on…
At any rate, I learn whether I am the winner in May at a ceremony in New York City. Manhattan in May is wonderful; I grew up across the river in New Jersey and spent much of my youth there. It’ll be good to get back. Regardless of what happens, it is quite a thing to be so recognized.
And to all of you who are arriving here for the first time because of this nomination, welcome! I hope you like what you find.