Best Food & Wine Books Revealed at André Simon Awards



There is something quite hypnotic about hearing a passionate food writer talk about food, and even more so when they are talking about other people talking and writing about food. The same goes with a oenophile praising the scriptures of a fellow wino, taking them to new winelands through pages of perfectly put together words and pictures. Bee Wilson and Fiona Beckett presented this year’s André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards last week at the Goring Hotel in London to a rapturous audience of some of the food and drink’s world’s biggest stars.

Food writer and expert on Chinese cuisine Fuchsia Dunlop and rising Bake Off talent Ruby Tandoh were among the winners at the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards last night, Tuesday 24 January, at the Goring Hotel in London. The prestigious awards showcase the best of contemporary food and drink writing.
The winners of the 2016 2016 André Simon Awards are:
Food: Land of Fish and Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop (Bloomsbury)

Fuchsia Dunlop’s publication Land of Fish and Rice (Bloomsbury) – which looks at the cooking techniques and ingredients of China’s Lower Yangtze region – was awarded the 2016 prize for food writing. Appropriately, the timing of this recognition was in the run up to the Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday 28 January.

Special Commendation: Flavour: Eat What You Love by Ruby Tandoh (Chatto & Windus)

Young cook and columnist Ruby Tandoh – who impressed BBC viewers with her creative approach to ingredients and flavour in the 2013 series of The Great British Bake Off at the age of 20 – was given a Special Commendation for her second book Flavour: Eat What You Love (Chatto & Windus).

Drink: Volcanic Wines by John Szabo MS (Jacqui Small)

Meanwhile, Canadian author and wine critic John Szabo MS won this year’s prize in the drink category for Volcanic Wines (Jacqui Small), which uses volcanic soil as the overarching theme and link between a wide range of grapes and wine regions.

The John Avery Award: Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds by Yemisi Aribisala (Cassava Republic)

Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds (Cassava Republic) by Nigerian food writer Yemisi Aribisala was also recognised with the prestigious John Avery Award in acknowledgment of its mouth-watering and multifaceted treasure trove of intriguing stories.

Founded in 1978, the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards are the only awards in the UK to exclusively recognise the achievements of food and drink writers and are the longest continuous running awards of their kind. For more information visit