Andre Simon Memorial Funds Awards
We welcome you to the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards for 2017.

The Chairman and the trustees of the André Simon Food and Drink Book Awards are pleased to announce the winners for 2017 award.

Winner of the 2017 prize in the food category:
  • The Sportsman
    by Stephen Harris (Phaidon Press)

Winner of the 2017 prize in the drink category:
  • Champagne
    by Peter Liem (Mitchell Beazley)

Special Commendation
  • The Wine Dine Dictionary
    by Victoria Moore (Granta Books)

John Avery Award
  • The Way of Whisky
    by Dave Broom (Mitchell Beazley)


Food & Drink Assessors 2017

Rachel Cooke This year we are delighted to welcome Rachel Cooke as the assessor for the food books. Rachel is an award winning journalist. She is a writer and columnist at the Observer, and is the television critic of the New Statesman. Her essays have been broadcast on Radio 3. Her book, Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties, is published by Virago.

Joe Fattorini Joe Fattorini will be judging the drink books this year. Joe has been in the wine trade for 20 years selling wine to restaurants, hotels and bars. He was the wine correspondent for The Herald for 14 years and today he is best known as the wine specialist on The Wine Show on ITV.


2016 Award Winners
Land of Fish and Rice
by Fuchsia Dunlop

Volcanic Wines
by John Szabo MS

The John Avery award:
Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds
by Yemisi Aribisala

Special Commendation:
Flavour: Eat What You Love
by Ruby Tandoh

See all Past Award Winners »

"The kind of book you want to win a prize like this must capture a moment, say something about where we are, as well as being inspirational, well-written, useful and expert. The Sportsman does that."
Rachel Cooke - Food Assessor 2017

"This is a book that we'll return to for many years, not only as an authoritative catalogue or even a book that also explores perhaps the world's most celebrated wine region, but as a book that asks questions about the nature of terroir and place."
Joe Fattorini - Drinks Assessor 2017

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

Steven Harris, Food Winner 2017

Peter Liem, Drink Winner 2017

Victoria Moore Special Commendation 2017

Dave Broom, John Avery Award 2017