My newest book Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease was nominated for a coveted James Beard Award yesterday. The book, my 12th, was published by Rodale late October 2010 and has garnered lots of wonderful attention. It was chosen by People magazine, Food & Wine magazine, Good Morning America, and the New York Times as one of the best cookbooks of the year. My favorite mention of all, however, was in the New York Times holiday book review, when the writer, Christine Muhlke (now the new editor of Bon Appetit) likened my work to that of Rene Redzepi (this year’s #1 chef in the world — owner of Noma restaurant and author of the Noma Cookbook). The James Beard Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the food world and I’m honored to have received four of them. Three for my cookbooks — Little Meals, Recipes 1-2-3, and Entertaining 1-2-3 (Healthy 1-2-3 was nominated) — and one award for a recent radio show that I did with Leonard Lopate on WNYC called “The 3-Ingredient Challenge.” This year, Radically Simple was nominated in the general cooking category along with The New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser and The Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis. Both wonderful books. The Awards ceremony takes place on May 6th. Stay tuned. But as they say in Hollywood,”win or not, it’s great to be nominated.” Thank you to everyone who made it possible.