March 24, 2015 – We’re excited and proud to report that Edible Monterey Bay magazine won two EDDY awards at the national Edible magazines conference held in New Orleans last week. We took the category of Best Special Issue for the WATER ISSUE published last summer and the category of best seasonal recipe feature for the article Shelling Beans: Do you know your hutterites from your tiger eyes by farmer Jamie Collins and Elizabeth Borelli, with photos by Michelle Magdalena and illustrations by Bambi Edlund.
“Without water, the sustainability of food is a moot point: we are howling into the wind,” wrote judge Ethne Clarke of EMB’s special Water Issue. Clarke is the award-winning author of The Art of the Kitchen Garden and former editor of Organic Gardening magazine.
“The success of this edition is consistent and timeless; it sets out the problems without scaring the bejeezus out of the reader, while offering up the people at the sharp end who encourage, offering a message of hope by revealing local options of what we can do and should do to make a difference on an issue that impacts the entire planet. Edible Monterey Bay’s Water engages, enlightens and informs in a beautifully presented package,” she added.
The Shelling Bean story also won the critic’s award, with judge Elissa Altman calling it, “Informative, timely, seasonal, local, and directly connected to the Edible ethos. Wonderful article that I have already printed out and taped to the inside of my garden shed door.” And judge Virginia Willis praising the “encyclopedic information and beautiful drawings.”
A superstar panel of 57 judges were assembled for the contest, including: author Barry Estabrook; Food & Wine magazine editor Dana Corwin; Food52 co-founder Amanda Hesser; chef/author Deborah Madison; professor Marion Nestle; and Beekman Boys Brent Ridge and Jose Kilmer-Purcell.
Judges reviewed nearly 1,000 submissions from 80 edible publications across the country. There were 22 categories and, with the exception of special issue, there were two winners in each category, the critic’s choice and the people’s choice—which inspired some spirited voting by the general public. EMB was also nominated in the categories of environmental reporting and best cover. See the full list of nominees and winners here.