Jane Grigson Trust Award

The winner of the 2018 Jane Grigson Trust Award is ’The Vinegar Cupboard’ by food writer, historian and Guild co-chair Angela Clutton. To be published by Absolute Press in February 2019, the book examines the uses of a larder staple, vinegar, and not only shows how it has affected our culinary and medical history for thousands of years but how, in its many manifestations from aged Balsamic to rice vinegar, it can be used to enhance both sweet and savoury dishes.

The two runners-up are chef and food blogger Nargisse Benkabbou for ‘Casablanca: My Moroccan Food’ to be published by Mitchell Beazley in May 2018. And Venice-based blogger and food writer Skye McAlpine for ’A Table in Venice: Recipes from my Home’ which will be published by Bloomsbury in March 2018.

The £2000 Award is made to a first-time writer of a book on food or drink which has been commissioned but is not yet published. The two runners-up receive £100 of book tokens. All shortlisted authors receive copies of The Best of Jane Grigson.

Chair of judges of the Jane Grigson Trust Award, Geraldene Holt, comments:
‘One of the many qualities of Jane Grigson’s writing was her mission to explain. Angela Clutton’s book is in this tradition. She explores the surprisingly broad spectrum of vinegars from around the world and rescues this essential yet often under-rated ingredient from the back of the kitchen cupboard. Angela shows us how vinegars – both ancient and modern – subtly enhance the flavor of a dish, and illustrates vinegar’s unique role in cooking with her own collection of recipes. This informative and inspirational book will be a valuable addition to every cook’s library.

‘The judges all agreed that the standard of entries was very high and that all of the books will be very successful. How wonderful to celebrate the debuts of three women who are dedicated and devoted to home cooking.’