Simon Woolf’s book on orange wines and Oz Clarke’s reminiscences on the wines he loves are among the drinks books shortlisted for this year’s André Simon award.
The 40th year of the awards has produced a “bumper” crop of books according to chairman Nicholas Lander.
Every year the awards recognises the best books focused on food and drinks topics and this year there were more than 150 submissions, whittled down to nine food books and six drinks tomes.
The independent assessors this year were Meera Sodha on the food side of the judging and Victoria Moore for drinks.
The drinks books shortlisted this year are:
Simon Woolf’s Amber Revolution on the rise, fall and rise of ‘orange’ wines from ancient to modern times; Oz Clarke’s Red & White about the wines and regions that have most made their mark on his long career; Flawless by Jamie Goode which explores wine faults from cork taint to volatile acidity via brett and more; The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay which explores the taste profile of European wines region by region; Alex Maltman’s Vineyards, Rocks and Soils exploring the impact of geology on wine and, away from the usual alcohol focus, Michael Freeman and Tomothy D’Offay’s Life of Tea, looking at every aspect of this fascinating drink.
Moore said of the drinks shortlist this year: “The shortlisted authors bring a panoply of talents to the writing table. Among them are writers steeped in the disciplines of wine science, and geology; a photographer who has captured the landscapes and people of the world’s finest tea-producing regions; and great storytellers with the power to draw in even a reader who might not think he or she wanted to read a book about wine.”
Among those books shortlisted for the food category are works on the produce of the Shetland Islands, the culinary cultures surrounding the Black Sea, the role of the main ingredient in every meal, the story of a century old pie and mash shop in London and an Italian food travelogue.
Sodha commented: “This year’s crop of books is electric. In the shortlist are travelogues to inspire trips to eat your way around The Black Sea and Italy. There’s food writing on menus and on how ingredients behave which will enthral, educate (and steal your time away). Best of all there are recipes from all over the world: Vietnam to the Shetlands and from the women of Grenfell – all of which make me want to run into the kitchen and start cooking immediately.”
Lander commented: “This has been a bumper year for the André Simon awards. The shortlist features established food and drink figures, including Diana Henry and Oz Clarke, alongside first-time authors Ben Lebus and James and Tom Morton. The diverse publications range from a portrait of a pie and mash restaurant in East London to an exquisitely photographed homage to the world’s finest teas. This reflects a vibrant and dynamic food and drink book industry which our awards have been celebrating for 40 years. The shortlist provides fantastic ideas for Christmas stockings, having been whittled down from 150 strong entries.”
The full shortlists:
Shortlisted Food Books 2018
|Black Sea||Caroline Eden||Quadrille Publishing|
|First, Catch||Thom Eagle||Quadrille Publishing|
|How to Eat a Peach||Diana Henry||Mitchell Beazley|
|Lateral Cooking||Niki Segnit||Bloomsbury Publishing|
|MOB Kitchen||Ben Lebus||Pavilion Books|
|Pasta, Pane, Vino||Matt Goulding||Hardie Grant Publishing|
|Pie and Mash Down the Roman Road||Melanie McGrath||Two Roads|
|Shetland||James & Tom Morton||Quadrille Publishing|
|Together||The Hubb Community||Ebury Press|
Shortlisted Drink Books 2018
|Amber Revolution||Simon J Woolf||Morning Claret Productions|
|Flawless||Jamie Goode||University of California Press|
|Red & White||Oz Clarke||Little Brown Book Group|
|The Life of Tea||Michael Freeman & Timothy D’Offay||Mitchell Beazley|
|The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste||Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay||Ten Speed Press|
|Vineyards, Rocks and Soils||Alex Maltman||Oxford University Press|