Book2BookMonday 01 Feb 2016Chef and food campaigner Jamie Oliver and first-time author Rachel Roddy were among the winners at the André Simon Food & Drink Book Awards on Thursday 28 January, at the Goring Hotel in London.
The prestigious awards showcase the best of contemporary food and drink writing.
Jamie Oliver's publication Everyday Super Food (Michael Joseph) – which looks at the gradual and significant changes we can make to our diet to improve health and wellbeing – was awarded the prestigious John Avery Award. This award, granted at the discretion of the André Simon trustees, recognises both his influential new book and Jamie's exceptional contribution to the food industry spanning nearly two decades. Everyday Super Food, which Jamie describes as his "most personal book" yet, is filled with simple, tasty and nutritious recipes, as well as stunning original photography shot by the chef himself.
Jamie Oliver said: "I'm so pleased. It's such an honour to receive this prestigious award but extra special following in the footsteps of Elizabeth David, Marcella Hazan, Jane Grigson, Claudia Roden and so many other incredible cookery writers. It's also fantastic that the André Simon Awards recognise some of the amazing new talent coming through like my dear friend and former graduate of Fifteen restaurant, Anna Jones, whose two books are so beautifully written and photographed."
Blogger and author Rachel Roddy scooped the prize for food writing for her debut publication, Five Quarters: