Winners of André Simon Food and Drinks Book Awards 2021 Announced

Amanda Barnes' The South America Wine Guide

© Greg Funnell/Photo provided

Amanda Barnes' The South America Wine Guide

Amanda Barnes' The South America Wine Guide

© Greg Funnell/Photo provided

Four books – on baking, food activism, Burgundy and South American wine – are this year’s winners of the prestigious UK-based book awards that were announced in a virtual ceremony on 8 March 2022.

The Books

Dee Rettali won the Food Award for Baking with Fortitude (Bloomsbury Publishing), a “craft-baking book” about sourdough that “uses ground-breaking techniques to highlight natural flavours.” Dan Saladino won the Special Commendation for Eating to Extinction (Jonathan Cape), an in-depth reportage highlighting the importance of food activism and biodiversity and the “thousands of foods around the world today that are at risk of being lost forever.”

The Drink Award went to Jasper Morris MW for the second edition of Inside Burgundy (Berry Bros & Rudd Press). Morris also won the 2010 Drink Award for the first edition of  this “benchmark reference on winemaking in the region.” Amanda Barnes won the John Avery Award for The South America Wine Guide (self-published), a “revelatory guide” that “comprehensively details over 70 wine regions — many of which have never before been mapped or documented in the English-language.”

The Judges

Yemisi Aribisala, previous winner of the 2016 John Avery Prize of her book exploring Nigerian culture, judged the food category of the awards, while Rose Murray Brown MW judged the drinks category. The books are assessed on “whether they are original, enjoyable, educational, and on their production values.”

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