Adrian Miller’s Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue has been nominated for a 2022 James Beard Award for Reference, History, and Scholarship. “It’s a tremendous honor to make the short list for the James Beard Award,” Miller said. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity revive old stories and tell new stories about the ways African Americans shaped so many barbecue cultures in the United States.
On top of that, the announcement came on the exact one year anniversary of Black Smoke being published. That’s a pretty great gift!” You may see the full list of nominees here.
Miller is also featured in several other works nominated this year for a James Beard Award:
Books with recipes focused on the cooking or foodways of regions or communities in the United States.
Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora
(4 Color Books). Miller contributed an essay.
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food
Marcus Samuelsson with Osayi Endolyn
(Voracious Books). Miller was profiled in the book.
Documentary/Docuseries Visual Media
This award recognizes excellence in a food-related documentary production, whether broadcast, streamed, accessed online or through an app, or has been shown at a North American film festival.
High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America
Airs on: Netflix.
Miller made guest appearances on episodes 3 and 4.