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Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards

Established in 1970 and widely viewed as the UK Oscars in Food and Drink, the Glenfiddich Food & Drink Awards are the only awards for food and drink journalists, broadcasters and publishers in the UK. These highly prestigious awards have been presented to some of the most talented people from the world of Food and Drink for outstanding achievement in their field. The Glenfiddich Awards were created and are sponsored by William Grant & Sons, independent family distillers of Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky for five generations.

Current and past winners of the categories for best Food Book and best Drink Books of the Year are listed in the table below. Some years, a Special Award Book Category is also given. Additional awards are given to writers in newspapers and magazines that I have not listed here.

Year Drink Food Special Award
2005 Phylloxera: How Wine Was Saved for the World by Christy Campbell Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets by Joanna Blythman  
2004 Rum by Dave Broom, Jason Lowe Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger by Nigel Slater  
2003 Africa Uncorked: Travels in Extreme Wine Territory by John Platter Thai Food by David Thompson and Earl Carter  
2002 Drink! Never Mind the peanuts by Susy Atkins and Dave Broom The River Cottage Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall  
2001 Essential Winetasting by Michael Schuster Marie Claire: Flavours by Donna Hay The Royal Society of Arts 'Focus on Food' Campaign Cooking Bus
2000 Wines of California by Stephen Brook Sally Clarke's Book - Recipes from a restaurant, shop & bakery by Sally Clarke Alan Davidson for The Oxford Companion to Food
1999 The New Spain by John Radford Nigel Slater's Real Food by Nigel Slater and Jonathan Lovekin Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
1998 Wild Bunch by Patrick Matthews The Book of Jewish Food : An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York by Claudia Roden Publisher Ann Bagnall for her facsimiles and reprints of antique cookbooks.
1997 No award given*. Gordon Ramsay's Passion for Flavour by Gordon Ramsay et al The Food We Eat by Joanna Blythman
1996 Rhone Renaissance: The Finest Rhone and Rhone Style Wines from France and the New World by Remington Norman London River Cafe Cookbook by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers No award given.
1995 The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham No award given.
1994 Michael Jackson's Beer Companion by Michael Jackson Alastair Little Keep It Simple by Alastair Little and Richard Whittington Serif Publishing for the Edouard de Pomaine books, Cooking in Ten Minutes and Cooking with Pomaine
1993 Puligny-Montrachet: Journal of a Village in Burgundy by Simon Loftus The Legendary Cuisine of Persia by Margaret Shaida No award given.
1992 Oz Clarke's New Classic Wines by Oz Clarke The Flavours of Andalucia by Elizabeth Luard Arabella Boxer's Book of English Food by Arabella Boxer
1991 Wine Atlas of Italy: A Traveler's Guide to the Vineyards by Burton Anderson Memories of Gascony by Pierre Koffman No award given.
1990 Vintage: The Story of Wine by Hugh Johnson Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos, of an Ordinary Meal by Margaret Visser Patrick Rance's cheese books, French Cheese and The Great British Cheese Book
1989 The Wines of Spain and Portugal by Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter English Seafood Cookery by Richard Stein No award given.
1988 The Wines of Rioja by Hubrecht Duijker Classic Indian Vegetarian Cookery by Julie Sahni New E for Additives by Maurice Hanssen and A Palate in Revolution by Giles MacDonogh
1987 Bordeaux: A Comprehensive Guide to the Wines Produced from 1961 to 1997 by Robert Parker, Jr. Middle Eastern Cookery by Claudia Roden Guide to Eating Out in London by Fay Maschler and Jill Norman for editing Sainsbury's Cookbook
1986 1986 Which? Wine Guide edited by Kathryn McWhirter Step by Step Japanese Cookery by Leslie Downer & Minoru Yoneda No award given.
1985 The Wines of Chablis by Rosemary George Classic Chinese Cookery by Yan-Kit So Sarah Brown for her Vegetable Cookbook and Cyril Ray for Robert Mondavi of the Napa Valley (Heineman) and Vintage Tales (Century)
1984 Hugh Johnson's Wine Companion by Hugh Johnson New Classic Cuisine by Michel & Albert Roux No award given.
1983 The Great Wine Book by Jancis Robinson Jane Grigson's Fruit Book by Jane Grigson No award given.
1982 Vino by Burton Anderson Cooking with Michael Smith by Michael Smith Jill Norman and Caroline Hobhouse for publishing three books: Claudia Roden's Picnic, Nathalie Hambro's Particular Delights, Richard Olney's Simply French Food
1981 Wine with Food by Derek Cooper The Observer French Cookery School by Anne Willan Michael Broadbent for Great Vintage Wine Book and Quentin Crewe for International Pocket Food Book
1980 Ray on Wine by Cyril Ray North Atlantic Seafood by Alan Davidson The Wines of Bordeaux by Edmund Penning-Rowsell

* In 1997, no award was made in the Drink category. However, The Evening Standard Wine Guide 1997 by Andrew Jefford was Highly commended.

Prior to 1980, only one Award was given in the following years to the Book Author of the Year:

1979: Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book by Jane Grigson
1978: English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David
1977: The Adventurous Fish Cook by George Lassalle
1976: The Game Cookery Book by Julia Drysdale
1975: English Food by Jane Grigson
1974: Little Dictionary of Drink by Julian Jeffs
1973: Mediterranean Seafood by Alan Davidson
1972: Good Living by Jane Grigson



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