Andre Simon Memorial Funds Awards
Welcome to the André Simon Food and Drink book awards for 2020

The Chairman and trustees of the André Simon Food and Drink book awards are delighted to announce the winners for the 2020 awards.

Winner of the 2020 Food Award
  • Red Sands
    by Caroline Eden (Quadrille)

    Red Sands - winner Andre Simon Food Awards 2020

    According to Lisa Markwell: "In a year of vicarious travel and virtual feasts, Red Sands gave us the most sumptuous and delicious escape into other lands."

Winner of the 2020 Drink Award
  • Intoxicating: Ten Drinks that Shaped Australia
    by Max Allen (Thames & Hudson Australia)

    Intoxicating - winner Andre Simon Drinks Awards 2020

    John Hoskins MW, remarked: "And what made 'Intoxicating' the outstanding work in the group was Max Allen's achievement in weaving the minor world of drinks into a major historical and cultural context"

Special Commendation
  • Nose Dive
    by Harold McGee (John Murray)

    Nose Dive - Special Commendation Andre Simon Awards 2020
    Lisa Markwell said: "A book for the ages, which examines but also transcends food and drink through smell. Fascinatingly nerdy."

The John Avery Award
  • Salmon
    by Mark Kurlansky (Oneworld)

    Intoxicating - John Avery winner Andre Simon Awards 2020

    Lisa Markwell said: "Kurlansky is a masterful storyteller and through this one fish, his cautionary tale reveals the folly of the human's compulsion to control nature. But also, salmon recipes!"


Nick Lander, Chair of the André Simon Memorial Fund, commented:
"This year's food and drink winners take us on an exciting journey around the world from the comfort of our own kitchens: from Central Asia in Red Sands by Caroline Eden to the drinks that shaped Australia in Max Allen's Intoxicating. Salmon, the winner of the John Avery Award, by Mark Kurlansky takes a scientific look at how the fish is a marker for the health of our planet and Harold McGee's Nose Dive, which received a Special Commendation, is an extraordinary examination of our sense of smell. Congratulations to all our winners, to our longlisted and shortlisted authors and thank you to everyone who entered the André Simon Food and Drink Awards 2020."


2019 Award Winners
The Whole Fish Cookbook: New Ways to Cook, Eat and Think
by Josh Niland

The World Atlas of Wine (8th Edition)
by Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson

The John Avery award:
Tokyo Stories: A Japanese Cookbook
by Tim Anderson

Special Commendation:
The Turkish Cookbook
by Musa Dağdeviren

See all Past Award Winners »

Caroline Eden Food winner - 2020

Max Allen Drinks winner - 2020

Special Commendation - 2020

The John Avery Award - 2020

Pommery Logo This year Pommery Champagne are awarding magnums of their superb Champagne to our winners - many thanks to them. André Simon was the UK agent for Pommery before the First World War and we are delighted that we can continue the collaboration.