Whittled down from 160 entries, the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards have announced the longlist for its 2021 awards
The results are in – The André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards have announced their hotly awaited longlist of books for its 2021 winners. The only awards in the UK to exclusively recognise the achievements of food and drink writers, . this will be the 43rd year of these prestigious awards.
Each year the André Simon Trustees are guided by independent assessors. This year they are Yemisi Aribisala, a Nigerian born writer and artist for the food books and Rose Murray Brown MW for the drink books. A shortlist will be announced in the New Year.
Nicholas Lander, Chair André Simon Food & Drink Book Award, commented: “This year saw the most impressive number of books in the food and drink categories, selected from 160 entries. Offerings span from the A-Z of pasta to saving endangered foods, from the wines of Santorini to the ancient origins of cider, showcasing both new and established writers. Our congratulations and thanks to the authors, publishers and everybody involved.”
Each year the longlist is whittled down to two main winners: one for food and one for drink. Two further awards, the John Avery Award, in honour of a former trustee, and the Special Commendation Award are given out at the discretion of the judges. Last year’s winners were Caroline Eden’s Red Sands (Food), Max Allen’s Intoxicating: Ten Drinks that Shaped Australia (Drink), Harold McGee’s Nose Dive (Special Commendation) and Mark Kurlansky’s Salmon (John Avery).
This year’s assessor for the food books, Yemisi Aribisala, is best known for her thematic use of food writing to explore Nigerian culture. Her first book, Longthroat Memoirs: Soups Sex & Nigerian Tastebuds won the 2016 John Avery Prize at the André Simon Awards and was shortlisted for the 2018 Art of Eating awards. Her writing has been published worldwide.
Rose Murray Brown will be judging the drink books. Rose is one of 418 Masters of Wine worldwide (149 female) and is the only MW offering wine events and wine courses across Scotland & northern England. She worked in Tuscany for several wine estates, then returned to London to train with Sotheby’s International where she worked for 12 years. Rose is Scotland’s leading award-winning drinks’ journalist as well as writing for international specialist trade and consumer magazines.
The longest continuous running awards of their kind, previous winners of the coveted awards include Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Michel Roux, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Rick Stein. Since the awards began, the Guildhall Library in London has housed a copy of all winning books, providing a snapshot of food and drink tastes through more than four decades. The André Simon Food & Drink Book Award trustees are Nicholas Lander (chair), Sarah Jane Evans MW, David Gleave MW and Xanthe Clay.
The food longlist is as follows:
A CURIOUS ABSENCE OF CHICKENS – Sophie Grigson
AMBER & RYE – Zuza Zak
AN A-Z OF PASTA – Rachel Roddy
BAKING WITH FORTITUDE – Dee Rettali
EATING TO EXTINCTION – Dan Saladino
FREEKEH – WILD WHEAT & ANCIENT GRAINS – Ruth Nieman
GRAND DISHES – Iska Lupton and Anastasia Miari
HERB – Mark Diacono
ONE POT, PAN, PLANET – Anna Jones
RIPE FIGS – Yasmin Khan
SAMBAL SHIOK – Mandy Yin
TASTE: MY LIFE IN FOOD – Stanley Tucci
THE LATIN AMERICAN COOKBOOK – Virgilo Martinez
THE MODERN PRESERVER’S KITCHEN – Kylee Newton
TRUFFLE HOUND – Rowan Jacobsen
The drink longlist is as follows:
CIDER COUNTRY – James Crowden
FOOT TRODDEN – Simon J Woolf & Ryan Opaz
INSIDE BURGUNDY – Jasper Morris MW
ON CALIFORNIA – Various
OXFORD COMPANION TO SPIRITS AND COCKTAILS – David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum
THE SOUTH AMERICA WINE GUIDE – Amanda Barnes
THE WINES OF SANTORINI – Yiannis Karakasis MW
THE WINES OF THE RHONE – Matt Walls
WINE SCIENCE – Jamie Goode