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 2017. Submissions can now be forwarded and the criteria, rules and application form can be found under†2017 awards. All the information on where to send the books can be found under entry details. The closing date is 24 November 2017 and the shortlist will be announced in early December.

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.

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 2017 awards.


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


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 »

"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 is now selling over £60 million worth of books in the UK. †2017 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

Fuchsia Dunlop, Food Winner 2016

John Szabo, Drink Winner 2016

Ruby Tandoh Special Commendation 2016

Yemisi Aribisala, John Avery Award 2016