Jamie Oliver was among the winners, scooping the prestigious John Avery Award in recognition of both Jamie’s influential new book Everyday Super Food – described by Jamie as “his most personal book” – and his contribution to the food industry spanning nearly two decades.
Blogger and author Rachel Roddy won this year’s Food prize for her debut publication,Five Quarters: Recipes and Notes from a Kitchen in Rome. The book – which judges commended for its vibrant evocation of the tastes and smells of Rome, refreshing simplicity and unstyled production – charts a year in Rachel’s tiny kitchen in a suburb of the Italian capital.
We love Five Quarters, which depicts Rachel’s adventures in shopping, cooking, eating, writing and falling in love, capturing a uniquely domestic picture of her life there, with hints of nostalgia, memories of growing up in England. If you’d like to try some of Rachel’s recipes at home yourself, you might like to check out this recent feature in the Guardian.
Meanwhile, investigative journalist Suzanne Mustacich won this year’s prize in the Drinkfor Thirsty Dragon, which explores China’s lust for Bordeaux and its threat to the world’s best wines. It’s an exhaustively researched tale of business skulduggery and fierce cultural classes with a dramatic narrative, eloquent style and fascinating cultural analysis – a real life thriller. You can catch Suzanne speaking about Thirsty Dragon on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight this Friday.
First Bite by food scholar Bee Wilson was also recognised with a Special Commendation in acknowledgement of its study of how we form our food preferences and how we may be able to change them. The investigation draws on the latest research from food psychologists, neuroscientists and nutritionists to reveal how our food habits are shaped by family, culture, memory, gender, hunger and love.