The Big Story: BEARDS NAME CHOPCHOP TOP FOOD PUBLICATION OF 2013

May 03, 2013

By J.M. HIRSCH, Associated Press

No trendy restaurants. No fancy equipment. No hard-to-find hipster ingredients.

The pages of this year's top food publication don't read like your average gourmet glossy. That's because the only trend ChopChop magazine — named publication of the year by the James Beard Foundation on Friday — cares about is how to get America's children eating healthier.

Billed as the "fun cooking magazine for families," ChopChop was launched in 2010 by cookbook author Sally Sampson to give parents and kids the tools to fight childhood obesity. Though the magazine is available by subscription, one of its primary methods of distribution is by pediatricians giving copies to their patients.

The foundation's awards honor those who follow in the footsteps of Beard, considered the dean of American cooking when he died in 1985. The ceremony was held in New York, where the Beard Foundation is based. Friday's ceremony honored winners in media and publishing; a separate ceremony on Monday will be held for chefs and restaurants.

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