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 2019 Awards.

Niki SegnitThis year we are delighted to welcome Niki Segnit as the assessor for the food books. Niki's first book, The Flavour Thesaurus, won the André Simon Award for best food book in 2010. It has sold over a quarter of a million copies in the UK and been translated into 14 languages. Her critically acclaimed second book, Lateral Cooking, was shortlisted for the 2018 Andre Simon Award and has been translated into 5 languages. On BBC Radio 4 she has contributed to The Kitchen Cabinet and Word of Mouth, and she reviews for The Times Literary Supplement.
Photo by David Foy.

Dan JagoDan Jago will be judging the drink books this year. Dan has been involved in the drinks business for most of his working life. Following his father, Tom, into the drinks trade, after nine years in the Royal Navy he worked for Layton's, Bibendum, Tesco, and most recently as Chief Executive of Berry Bros & Rudd. Dan lives in Dorset and London with his wife and two daughters, the elder of whom has now followed the family path in the wine industry.
Photo by Piers Cunliffe.

Books can now be submitted and the criteria, rules and the application form can be found under 2019 awards. A copy of each book entered should be sent to the Chairman, trustees, the secretary and the relevant assessor - six copies in all. If you are entering books do contact Katie Lander on for the address details, each one needs to be sent individually to the trustees and assessors. The closing date is 23 November 2019 and the shortlist will be announced in early December.

Publishers are invited to submit books as they are published which enables 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 Fund's organiser, at who will be able to help you.

We look forward to receiving the books for the 2019 awards.



2018 Award Winners
How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories and Places
by Diana Henry

The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste: A Field Guide to the Great Wines of Europe
by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay

The John Avery award:
Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes - Through Darkness and Light
by Caroline Eden

Special Commendation:
Together: Our Community Cookbook
by The Hubb Community Kitchen

See all Past Award Winners »

"The 2018 shortlist reflects a vibrant and dynamic food and drink book industry which our awards have been celebrating for 40 years."
Nicholas Lander - Chairman 2018

"How to Eat a Peach blew me away. It radiates warmth and joy. It's beautifully written but most of all it's packed with delicious and genuinely cook-able food and lots of helpful tips for the home cook."
Meera Sodha - Food Assessor 2018

"It isn't easy to produce fresh insights and fascinating commentary on some of the most well-trampled wine regions on earth, but sommelier-turned-wine producer Rajat Parr and writer Jordan Mackay have managed to do just that."
Victoria Moore - Drinks Assessor 2018

Diana Henry, Food Winner 2018

Drinks Winner 2018

Caroline Eden, John Avery Award 2018

The Hubb Community Kitchen Special Commendation 2018