Nathalie Dupree has mastered the winning of James Beard Foundation Awards: She received her third one tonight in New York City, this time for “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” in the American Cooking category of the 2013 Beard book awards.

The award, presented in New York City at a gala dinner, made Dupree a three-time Beard winner.

Dupree, who lives in Charleston, co-authored the 720-page tome published last year with Cynthia Graubart of Atlanta.

The local suspense continues for the awards, known as the “Oscars” of the food world, until the foundation’s gala ceremony Monday night. That’s when restaurant and chef winners will be revealed, and Charleston has two finalists in the hunt.

Read more later at and in Saturday’s newspaper.