Two cookbook awards present lists of best volumes of 2014

If it’s spring, the award season in the food world has begun to bloom. Last week the James Beard Foundation announced its winners in the cookbook awards, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) provided its a bit earlier. Both lists of best books serve as a serious prompt to head to the bookstore right now — and the kitchen soon after. James Beard Foundation Book Awards Cookbook of the Year: “Yucatán: Recipes From a Culinary Expedition,” David Sterling (University of Texas Press) Cookbook Hall of Fame: Barbara Kafka American: “Heritage,” Sean Brock (Artisan) Baking and dessert: “Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake With Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours,” by Alice Medrich (Artisan)Beverage: “Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail,” by Dave Arnold (W. W. Norton) Cooking from a professional point of view: “Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes,” by Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns (Chronicle Books) Focus on health: “Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing,” by Keith Schroeder (Oxmoor House) General cooking: “The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking,” by Faith Durand and Sara Kate Gillingham (Clarkson Potter) International: “Yucatán: Recipes From a Culinary Expedition,” by David Sterling (University of Texas Press) Photography: “In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes From Grandmas Around the World,” by Gabriele Galimberti (Clarkson Potter) Reference and scholarship: “Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering,” by Adam Danforth (Storey) Single subject: “Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, With Recipes,” by Jennifer McLagan (Ten Speed Press) Continue Reading

Readers on the Fake News awards presented by President Trump

President Trump gave out fake news "awards" to six news organizations Wednesday night. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar: Trump wins the "Hypocrite of Year" award. He is the biggest fake of them all — 2,000 false or misleading claims in 355 days (that we know of)! — Nick AndersonI love seeing a president fight back against the liberal bias in today's news media. — Noura Khubzi What's scary is that we've all begun to yawn at the silliness we get each day. It's gotten old very quickly, and that's how he gets away with the destruction of our democracy — along with the complicit silence of the Republican Party. — Tom HornForget ideology or political beliefs. What kind of president does something like this? He has so much time on his hands with everything going on in the world that he can mess around like this?This is why so many people dislike Trump. Not because of his politics, but because he acts like some teenager with his own YouTube channel. — Gene Wawrzycki More: Trump presents 'fake news' awards for 10 stories — some of which really were false More: Readers' best comments on Aziz Ansari scandal Paul Newman once stated the greatest honor he ever received was being put on Richard Nixon's enemies list. I'm sure the news outlets that are telling it as it is feel proud of this honor bestowed upon them by the biggest liar who has ever sat in the White House: Donald Trump. — William MooreHere are some upcoming awards that these awards will inspire:1. The Harvey Weinstein award for worst film actress.2. The Vladimir Putin award for most corrupt Olympic program.3. The Nicolas Maduro awards for failed economic policies. — Robert Rosen To join the conversations about topics in USA TODAY, email [email protected], comment on Facebook or use #tellusatoday on Twitter. Continue Reading

Blige, Rae and Boseman among NAACP Image Awards presenters

LOS ANGELES — Mary J. Blige, Sterling K. Brown, Issa Rae and Chadwick Boseman will be among the presenters at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards. Numerous other stars, including actors Michael B. Jordan, Terry Crews, Yara Shahidi and "Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya are also scheduled to present awards during Monday's ceremony, which honors entertainers and writers of color. Blige and Jay Z are the top nominees with five apiece, while Rae is tied along with Bruno Mars, SZA and Kendrick Lamar for the second-most nominations with four apiece. The 49th NAACP Image Awards will be presented in Pasadena, California. Anthony Anderson is hosting a two-hour show that will be broadcast live on the TV One network. ___ For full coverage of awards season, visit: Continue Reading

Watch live: American Football Coaches Awards presented by Amway

Now that a new national champion is crowned and the Alabama Crimson Tide are once again kings of the college football world, it's time to shift the spotlight.We look to Charlotte for the annual American Football Coaches Association Awards Show, presented by Amway — slated for 8 p.m. ET Tuesday and hosted exclusively by the USA TODAY Network.More than 8,000 coaches, former coaches and players will gather to present end-of-season awards, including Football Bowl Subdivision Coach of the Year and Amway Coach's Call of the Year, powered by USA TODAY Sports. The coach of the year finalists will be presented by a coaching star. Central Florida’s Scott Frost, now taking over at Nebraska, will be introduced by former Huskers coach Frank Solich; Georgia’s Kirby Smart by Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall; Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst by Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald; Iowa State’s Matt Campbell by TCU’s Gary Patterson, and Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford by Liberty’s Turner Gill. Last year's FBS Coach of the Year was Colorado's Mike MacIntyre.This year's event, showcased at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, will be hosted by Rick Neuheisel, the former UCLA coach and Rose Bowl-winning quarterback for the Bruins, as well as former ESPN broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein. MORE: COACH OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES SCOTT FROST: Finished job by leading UCF to unbeaten season MATT CAMPBELL: Has Iowa State realizing its potential after Liberty Bowl win PAUL CHRYST: Focus leads Wisconsin to school-record season JEFF TEDFORD: Leads turnaround at alma mater Fresno State KIRBY SMART: Took Georgia to title game after mimicking his mentor FROM THE NATIONAL TITLE GAME DYNASTY: It's Alabama, then everyone else THAT CLOSE: Georgia let it slip away QB SWITCH: Alabama offense comes to life with freshman   Continue Reading

All of the 2018 SAG Award Presenters Will Be Women

As Hollywood remains shadowed by a sea of sexual misconduct allegations against some of the most prominent men in the industry, the 2018 SAG Awards are taking some of the first visible steps to reflect the changes in store.The annual ceremony's presenters will be all women, E! News can confirm. As a reflection of the current social climate and the demand for greater female visibility everywhere, executive producer Kathy Connell made the initial suggestion to Sandra Dewey, a president at Turner, after being inspired at January's Women's March and the movement that has ensued since, according to The New York Times. "I want to salute women who are coming forward to speak at a very difficult time about very difficult subjects at great risk to themselves," Connell told the newspaper.  Continue Reading

Prince Michael Jackson, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn among Billboard Music Award presenters: report

The Billboard Music Awards has already attracted some shining stars. Presenters at Sunday’s award show include Prince Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson’s eldest son, Kevin Hart, Olivia Munn, Hailee Steinfeld and Josh Duhamel, according to USA Today. Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens host the live event from Las Vegas with performances by Florida Georgia Line and John Legend, Bruno Mars, Cher and Miley Cyrus. Nicki Minaj will also open the show with a big performance, along with Lil Wayne, David Guetta and Jason Derulo, according to USA Today. The Chainsmokers and Drake lead the nominations with 22 each, which ties the all-time record. Twenty One Pilots racked up 17 nominations and Rihanna received 14. The Billboard Music Awards air Sunday at 8 p.m. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Sarah Hyland trips on stage at Teen Choice Awards, presents Choice Comedian to Ellen DeGeneres

Leave it to Sarah Hyland to make even an embarrassing trip look glamorous. The "Modern Family" star, 24, took to the stage at the Teen Choice Awards 2015 to present the award for the Choice Comedian alongside "Pitch Perfect" actor Skylar Astin. When the actress got to the top step she tripped over a piece of the set, and shuffled forward a bit before catching her balance, an impressive feat considering her high heels. Instead of acting embarrassed in the face of the live TV faux-pas, the star threw up her hands and laughed it off. Despite her stumble, Hyland looked absolutely stunning wearing a gold crop top with matching gold shorts and white heels. She and Astin presented Ellen DeGeneres with the Choice Comedian award during the Sunday night broadcast. The TV host graciously accepted and left viewers and fans with a message after admitting that she didn't always win because she was different. "What makes you different right now, make you stand out later in life," she told the audience. "You should be proud of being different and who you are." ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading

Oscars 2013: ‘Argo’ wins Best Picture Academy Award — presented by First Lady Michelle Obama in historic first

Michelle Obama made surprising Hollywood history Sunday night by becoming the first First Lady to present an Oscar — giving the Best Picture award to “Argo.” Broadcast live from the Diplomatic Room at the White House, Obama was the shocker in a 3 1/2-hour show with few shocks. “And the Oscar goes to ‘Argo,’” the First Lady, decked out in a stunning Naeem Khan custom beaded, tulle and metallic sequin gown, announced. This year’s movies “made us laugh, made us weep and grip our armrests just a little bit tighter," she said. “They reminded us we can overcome any obstacles if we dig deep enough and hard enough. They are especially important for young people. Everyday they engage in the arts, they learn to open their imaginations ... and strive to reach those dreams.” “Argo,” directed by and starring Ben Affleck, told the true Iran-hostage-era story of six Americans who escaped the country by pretending to be a Hollywood film crew. “There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do,” said an overwhelmed Affleck, picking up the Best Picture Oscar as a co-producer. It was the second Academy Award for Affleck, who scored his first in 1997 for co-writing “Good Will Hunting” with buddy Matt Damon. “I never thought that I’d be back here,” Affleck said. “Argo” also won Best Editing and Best Adapted Sceenplay by Chris Terrio. It was the first film to win the top prize without getting a Best Director nomination since 1989’s “Driving Miss Daisy.” Daniel Day-Lewis received the Best Actor award for his portrayal of the nation’s 16th President in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” As he accepted his award from Meryl Streep — last year’s Best Actress winner for her protrayal of Margaret Thatcher in Continue Reading

Gardener State: Distinguished Service Awards presented at convention

Mercer County farmer Scott Ellis and Rutgers Cooperative Extension specialist Dr. Andrew Wyenandt were honored earlier this month with Distinguished Service to Agriculture citations by the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture during the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention in Atlantic City.“New Jersey is fortunate to have such outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of the Garden State’s agriculture industry,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “The leadership and experience of Scott and Dr. Wyenandt have had a lasting impact on farmers and young people interested in agriculture.”He has served in leadership positions while being involved in agriculture for the past 40 years, where he has helped shape New Jersey agriculture with a voice of clarity and compromise when seeking solutions to problems faced by New Jersey agricultural producers. While he is currently serving as a farmer member on the State Agriculture Development Committee, he has been the president of the State Board of Agriculture, president and vice president of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey, director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, chairman of the Mercer County Soil Conservation District, and chairman of the New Jersey Fish and Game Council. READ: Gardener State: Cashing in on cabbage​ READ:  Gardener State: These folks don’t just horse around READ: Gardener State: Happy Candlemas Day! Now go garden! WATCH:  Rutgers develops eco-friendly concrete​ Ellis believes one of his most important accomplishments has been to make a full-time living as a farmer in New Jersey. Ellis has been honored as the New Jersey Vegetable Grower of the Year in 2014, awarded the Farm Bureau Outstanding Service to New Jersey Agriculture award in 2005 and as the Rutgers IPM Grower of the Year in 1993.Also honored was Wyenandt, Continue Reading

Taylor Hooton Award presented to MLB commissioner Bud Selig for spreading news about PED dangers

Don Hooton presented baseball commissioner Bug Selig with the inaugural Taylor Award at baseball's Park Ave. offices Thursday, an honor that recognizes individuals who have made a major impact on educating America's youth about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs. Hooton founded the Taylor Hooton Foundation after his son committed suicide in 2003 as a result of steroid use. Asked by the Daily News if he thought any players would be given the award in the future, Hooton said he hoped so, and then singled out Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez for his work with the foundation ever since he admitted to steroid use in February 2009. "Alex has been great. We've done a number of events - I can't get any more specific than that - out in schools with Alex, where he's present and where he speaks to the kids," said Hooton. "For all of the right reasons, we're keeping that a low profile." Earlier this spring, A-Rod told The News how much he valued Hooton's work. "I know that in that press conference last year I said some things that were important and dear to me," Rodriguez said in March. "Don Hooton has a strong message and the more work I do with him and the Boys & Girls Club, the better I'll be and the better person I'll become." JOE WAVERINGJoe Girardi beginning to panic? Before Thursday's game, the manager said definitively that he had no plans to bring back either Phil Hughes or Javier Vazquez on short rest, leaving Sergio Mitre as the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Twins. Following the 6-0 loss to the Tigers, Girardi declined to tab Mitre as his starter, saying he had to see how the games play out today and tomorrow - specifically what happens with Andy Pettitte's inflamed left elbow tomorrow - before making that call. "We're not that far yet," Girardi said. "We have to evaluate things tomorrow, how people physically feel and what we might do." Asked again whether bringing back either Hughes or Vazquez on three days' rest Continue Reading