The James Beard Foundation announced its 2012 book award nominations in 11 categories. The culinary organization's numerous awards cover a lot of ground, including "outstanding restaurant design" and "best restaurant graphics." Los Angeles design firm Air Conditioned's Clive Piercy was nominated for the latter for his work at Farmshop in Santa Monica. Journalism award nominees include L.A. writers and editors Lesley Bargar Suter of Los Angeles magazine and Jonathan Gold, now at the Los Angeles Times, for his restaurant reviews at L.A. Weekly.
On the short list for best chef-Pacific are Michael Chiarello, Bottega, Yountville, Calif.; Chris Cosentino, Incanto, San Francisco; Christopher Kostow, the Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif.; Matt Molina, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles; and Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco. Dahlia Nervaez of Osteria Mozza in L.A. is shortlisted for outstanding pastry chef. Meanwhile, Nancy Silverton of Mozza is up for outstanding chef. Winners are to be announced in May.
And here's the full list of book nominees:
American cooking: "A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen" by Hugh Acheson (Clarkson Potter); "American Flavor" by Andrew Carmellini and Gwen Hyman (Ecco); "Masala Farm: Stories and Recipes from an Uncommon Life in the Country" by Suvir Saran with Raquel Pelzel and Charlie Burd (Chronicle Books).
Baking and dessert: "Baking Style: Art, Craft, Recipes" by Lisa Yockelson (John Wiley & Sons); "Cooking with Chocolate: Essential Recipes and Techniques" edited by Frédéric Bau (Flammarion); "Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home" by Jeni Britton Bauer (Artisan).
Beverage: "An Ideal Wine: One Generation's Pursuit of Perfection -- and Profit -- in California" by David Darlington (Harper); "Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, & Formulas" by Brad Thomas Parsons (Ten Speed Press); "The Oxford Companion to Beer" edited by Garrett Oliver (Oxford University Press).