Over the weekend, Edible Communities was named the Publication of the Year at the James Beard Foundation’s Journalism awards. This was the first time the foundation gave this award. On her Food Politics blog, Marion Nestle, who was at the awards ceremony, called the Edible Communities magazines “the easiest way I know of to find out what’s happening in food in your community or when traveling.”

Edible Communities isn’t just one publication. It’s a series of regional publications “that creates editorially rich, community-based, local-foods publications in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada.”

The James Beard Journalism Awards Committee had this to say about Edible Communities.

The publications produced by the Edible Communities company are “locavores” with national appeal. They are locally grown and community based, like the foods, family farmers, growers, retailers, chefs, and food artisans they feature. The company’s unique publishing model addresses the most crucial trends in food journalism; the publications are rooted in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada, celebrating local, seasonal foods with the goal of transforming the way we shop, cook, and eat. Their underlying values speak to today’s spirit of shared responsibility: every person has the right to affordable, fresh, healthful food on a daily basis.
I have a subscription to Edible Jersey magazine, and under full disclosure, I’ve had a small piece published in the magazine (note to self: add “James Beard award winning publication” next to Edible Jersey on my resume). It’s a top-notch publication. I always read it cover to cover, and it’s the one magazine that I don’t pass on. I have all of my past issues. It's an invaluable resource for events, information about the local wineries, seasonal recipes, and ideas for foodie field trips.

The magazine is published quarterly, and Nancy Painter, publisher and editor, does a great job of keeping the readers up to date between printed publications with information on the Edible Jersey’s website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and weekly e-newsletter.

I’ve picked up a few other Edible Communities magazines when I’ve traveled, and they’ve been the same quality as Edible Jersey.

Now that Edible Communications has earned this prestigious award (the James Beard awards are like the Academy Awards for food), it’s sure to boost the circulation of the individual magazines. As more people read the publications, I hope there will be a trickle down effect for the foods, family farmers, growers, retailers, chefs and food artisans in the magazines featured in the publications. This should be a nice little boost for the locavore movement and those involved in it.

To find out if there’s an Edible Communities publication in your region, check the Edible Publications page.

For a full list of all of The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalism Award winners, head over to HuffPost Food.

Do you subscribe to one of the Edible Communities publications? Tell us which one and what you like most about it in the comments, please.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Edible Communities wins James Beard Journalism Award
The community of regional magazines that focus on local foods and their producers won the prestigious award for Publication of the Year.