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  • Julia Harding MW
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  • Julia Harding MW
12 Dec 2013

The chairman and trustees of the 2013 André Simon Awards have just released their shortlist for this year's best food and drink books.

It's very encouraging to see another good crop of wine books this year, after last year's excellent harvest. We may occasionally have referred on this site to the World Atlas of Wine but we have not ignored every other author or book in the list of drink books. See Alder Yarrow's recent review of The New California Wine and Monty's organic and biodynamic stock take.

As usual, Paul O'Doherty will be providing Purple Pagers with his completely independent (of us) reviews of this year's crop of drinks books over Christmas and New Year.


Monty Waldin's Best Biodynamic Wines by Monty Waldin, published by Floris Books

The Curious Bartender by Tristan Stephenson, published by Ryland, Peters & Small

The New California Wine by Jon Bonné, published by Ten Speed Press

The World Atlas of Wine, 7th edition, by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, published by Octopus Books

The World of Sicilian Wine by Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino, published by University of California Press


Brilliant Bread by James Morton, published by Ebury Press

Master It
by Rory O'Connell, published by Fourth Estate

Simon Hopkinson Cooks
by Simon Hopkinson, published by Ebury Press

Smashing Plates
by Maria Elias, published by Kyle Books

The Gentle Art of Preserving
by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi, published by Kyle Books

The Modern Art Cookbook
by Mary Ann Caws, published by Reaktion Books

The Modern Peasant
by Jojo Tulloh, published by Chatto & Windus

The winners of the André Simon Awards will be decided just before the reception at which they will be announced in London on 26 March 2014.