James Peterson (writer)

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James Peterson is an American writer and cookery teacher. He studied chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley.[1]

After traveling the world and moving to Paris, he apprenticed at Paris' Cordon Bleu. He worked at Le Vivarois, then moved to Vonnas to work at Chez La Mere Blanc (now Restaurant Georges Blanc).[2]

In 1979, he returned to New York City, becoming a partner at Greenwich Village's Le Petit Robert. Starting in 1984, he taught for four years at the French Culinary Institute, where he wrote the advanced curriculum.[citation needed]

His first book, Sauces, written in 1990, won an award for best single subject and the Cookbook of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation.[citation needed] He went on to write 14 more cookbooks and win an additional five James Beard Awards, making for seven in all.[citation needed] Peterson is responsible for virtually all the photography in his books.[citation needed]

Since 2011, James has been studying perfumes in his home laboratory. In 2011, he launched Brooklyn Perfume Company.

He resides today in Brooklyn, New York, where he is actively developing new perfumes and running a small business.[3]



  • Winner, 1992 James Beard Foundation, Cookbook of the Year for Sauces[4]
  • Winner, 1992 James Beard Foundation, Single Subject Cookbook for Sauces[4]
  • Nominee, 1994 James Beard Foundation, for The Splendid Soup: Recipes and Master Techniques for Making the World's Best Soups
  • Winner, 1997 International Association of Culinary Professionals, for Fish and Shellfish
  • Nominee, 1997 James Beard Foundation, Single Subject Cookbook for Fish and Shellfish
  • Winner, 1999 James Beard Foundation, Single Subject Cookbook for Vegetables.[2]
  • Nominee, 2000 International Association of Culinary Professionals, for Essentials of Cooking
  • Nominee, 2000 James Beard Foundation, Reference Cookbook for Essentials of Cooking
  • Winner, 2003 James Beard Foundation, Mediterranean Cookbook for 'Glorious French Food
  • Winner, 2008 James Beard Foundation, General Cookbook for Cooking
  • Winner, 2010 James Beard Foundation, Baking & Desserts Cookbook for Baking
  • Winner, 2011 James Beard Foundation, Single Subject for Meat


  1. ^ Washington Post: The Intuitive Cook; James Peterson Says Technique Will Set You Free
  2. ^ a b Vegetables, William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1998.
  3. ^ Essentials of Cooking, Artisan, 1999.
  4. ^ a b Sauces: Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making (Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1998).

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