Andre Simon Memorial Funds Awards
Welcome to the André Simon Book Awards - the prestigious annual awards for food and drink books.

On behalf of the trustees of the award I would like to welcome you and say that we are looking forward to receiving your entries for the 2014 awards.

Submissions can now be entered, the criteria and rules can be found under Awards 2014, the application form under Entry Form.

The closing date is 21 November 2014 and the shortlist will be announced in mid December. The addresses to send your entries to can be found under Entry Details.

This year we are delighted to welcome Annie Bell as the assessor for the food books. Annie Bell began her career as a chef before becoming a full-time cookery writer and author. She spent several years as cookery writer for Vogue, then as food writer on The Independent. She has been principal cookery writer on The Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, and she was the winner of the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Writer of the Year Award in 2003.

Celebrated novelist and ex-lexicographer Julian Barnes will be judging the books about drink this year. His recent publications include The Sense of an Ending (winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize), Through the Window: Seventeen Essays (and One Short Story), and Levels of Life. In France, he is the only writer to have won both the Prix Médicis and the Prix Fémina, and in 2004 he became a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He is famously devoted to wine.

By inviting entries earlier in the year we will hopefully make it possible for the publishers to submit books as they are published, which will enable the trustees and assessors to have more time to read and consider the books. Do try to get your entries in as soon as possible.

If you have any queries please contact Katie Lander the organiser at who will be able to help you.

We look forward to receiving the books for the 2014 awards.



by Rory O'Connell published by Fourth Estate

by Bill Nesto & Frances Di Savino published by University of California Press

The John Avery award:
by Simon Hopkinson published by Ebury Press

Special Commendation:
by Maria Elia published by Kyle Books

See all Past Award Winners »

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

Rory O'connell, 2013 Food Winner

Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino, 2013 Drink Winner