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.