Creative Writing Instructor Nina Barrett Wins James Beard Award
Nina Barrett, food writer and instructor in the MA/MFA in Creative Writing program, has been propelled into the spotlight again this spring by her WBEZ radio show Fear of Frying: Culinary Nightmares, which recently won a James Beard Award in the category of radio show/audio webcast. Barrett has been nominated for the award before, first in 2010 and again in 2012. The Beard Awards are widely considered to be the crowning honor for North American culinary professionals — from chefs to cookbook authors and food writers.
Fear of Frying is broadcast by WBEZ 91.5, Chicago’s National Public Radio affiliate station, and airs Thursdays on the program Eight Forty-Eight. The name of the show bespeaks its theme. “You love to cook,” WBEZ writes, “but there are a few things that freak you out: boiling the perfect egg, sharpening your own knives, deep-fat frying, catering your own party. Nina takes you along on her journey to get beyond some classic kitchen anxieties.” Barrett has been a journalist and author for 20 years, and has a professional chef’s degree from Le Cordon Bleu. She is a 2012–2013 Library Fellow at Northwestern’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. This spring, Barrett is teaching a creative nonfiction workshop at SCS.