Andre Simon Memorial Funds Awards
We welcome you to the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards for 2016

The Chairman and the Trustees of the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 awards.

The shortlisted books for the 2016 prize in the food category are:
  • The A-Z of Eating
    by Felicity Cloake (Fig Tree)
  • Flavour: Eat What You Love
    by Ruby Tandoh (Chatto & Windus)
  • Fresh India
    by Meera Sodha (Fig Tree)
  • Gather
    by Gill Meller (Quadrille)
  • Land of Fish and Rice
    by Fuchsia Dunlop (Bloomsbury)
  • Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds
    by Yemisi Aribisala (Cassava Republic)
  • The Oxford Companion to Cheese
    edited by Catherine Donnelly (OUP)
  • Pride and Pudding
    by Regula Ysewijn (Murdoch Books)

The shortlisted books for the 2016 prize in the drink category are:
  • American Rhône
    by Patrick J Comiskey (UCP)
  • The Apple Orchard
    by Pete Brown (Particular Books)
  • Chianti Classico
    by Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino (UCP)
  • The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace
    by Tristan Stephenson (Ryland Peters & Small)
  • Volcanic Wines
    by John Szabo MS (Jacqui Small)


"Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized."
André Simon


2015 Awards
Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome
by Rachel Roddy

Thirsty Dragon
by Suzanne Mustacich

The John Avery award:
Everyday Super Food
by Jamie Oliver

Special Commendation:
First Bite
by Bee Wilson

See all Past Award Winners »

"Whittling down more than 140 food books was a big - and daunting - undertaking and there were many strong contenders that I hugely enjoyed but which did not make it onto the judges' eventual list."
Bee Wilson - Food Assessor 2016

"This was one of the most eclectic and original selections of drink books from a fascinating and beautifully illustrated book on volcanic wines to an intriguing look at the history and mythology of the apple."
Fiona Beckett - Drinks Assessor 2016

"The food and drink book industry has sold 60 million worth of books in the UK so far this year and 2016 is likely to be the biggest to date in UK food and drink history, counteracting completely the predictions that the internet would see the demise of this genre."
Nicholas Lander - Chair, André Simon Memorial Fund

Rachel Roddy, Food Winner 2015

Suzanne Mustacich, Drink Winner 2015

Bee Wilson, Special Commendation 2015

Jamie Oliver, John Avery Award 2015