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 shortlist for 2017 award.

The shortlisted books for the 2017 prize in the food category are:
  • Gather Cook Feast
    by Jessica Seaton & Anna Colquhoun (Fig Tree)
  • Lisboeta
    by Nuno Mendes (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • The Case Against Sugar
    by Gary Taubes (Portobello Books)
  • The Meaning of Rice
    by Michael Booth (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Palestinian Table
    by Reem Kassis (Phaidon Press)
  • The Sportsman
    by Stephen Harris (Phaidon Press)

The shortlisted books for the 2017 prize in the drink category are:
  • Bursting Bubbles
    by Robert Walters (Quiller Publishing)
  • By The Smoke and The Smell
    by Thad Vogler (Ten Speed Press)
  • Champagne
    by Peter Liem (Mitchell Beazley)
  • Miracle Brew
    by Pete Brown (Unbound)
  • The Way of Whisky
    by Dave Broom (Mitchell Beazley)
  • Wine Dine Dictionary
    by Victoria Moore (Granta Books)


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 »

"I was amazed by the sheer quantity of very good food books that were published this year, so many well written and beautifully produced titles."
Rachel Cooke - Food Assessor 2017

"The shortlisted books reflect the eclectic, cosmopolitan way people drink today with explorations of wine, beer, whiskies, cocktails and Champagne."
Joe Fattorini - Drinks Assessor 2017

"This year's shortlisted books take readers on a world tour from Kent, the Garden of England all the way to Japan, with stops in France, Portugal, Palestine and Mexico."
Nicholas Lander - Chair, André Simon Memorial Fund

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

Fuchsia Dunlop, Food Winner 2016

John Szabo, Drink Winner 2016

Ruby Tandoh Special Commendation 2016

Yemisi Aribisala, John Avery Award 2016