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Five Nominees for the Inaugural Nach Waxman Prize For Food and Beverage Scholarship

Nach Waxman Prize for Food and Beverage Scholarship

Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore and the Waxman family are delighted to announce a short list of nominations for the new Nach Waxman Prize for Food and Beverage Scholarship.

The prize includes an award of $5,500 and highlights a US-published book which invites the general public to seriously consider issues in culinary and beverage history, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, geography, and other fields of study.

For books published in 2023, the nominees in alphabetical order by author are:

The winner of the award will be announced May 7, 2024. At that time we will announce an online discussion between the prize winner and the judges who selected the book.

The prize is named for Nach Waxman (1936–2021), the founder of Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore, where he ardently championed the work of food and beverage scholars, as well as authors who illuminated the culture behind cooking, eating, drinking, and culinary history.

A panel of three judges made the selections from a group of nearly fifty entries. The judges were:

Darra Goldstein, the founding editor of Gastronomica and editor in chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Food Studies, and winner of numerous prizes for her work in food, including James Beard and IACP awards.

Morna Livingston, Professor Emerita of the College of Architecture & the Built Environment at Jefferson University, who specializes in the study of gravity water systems and cultural landscapes.

Mayukh Sen is a James Beard and IACP Award-winning author and journalist whose book Taste Makers (2021) chronicled the lives of seven immigrant women who changed American cooking.

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