Books on Soviet cooking and bread were honoured at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2014, which celebrate excellence in the field of food writing and broadcasting.
The Food Book of the Year was Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya von Bremzen (Doubleday) and Cookery Book of the Year was Brilliant Bread by James Morton (Ebury Press). Bloomsbury’s Historic Heston by Heston Blumenthal with Pascal Cariss received the Michael Smith Award for Work on British Food, while the Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book was given to Great British Bakes by Mary-Anne Boermans (Square Peg).
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and “The Food Programme” picked up two awards each.
Fearnley-Whittingstall won the Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist, with Nikki Duffy, for work in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, and the Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning and Investigative Food Writing for his Fish Fight Campaign and television series.
BBC Radio 4’s “The Food Programme” won both the Kate Whiteman Award for Work on Food and Travel for an edition on US Southern cooking and the Miriam Polunin Award for Work on Healthy Eating for an edition on sugar.
The Guild’s top accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to Jill Norman, who created the Penguin Cookery Library in the 1960s and 1970s, for her contribution to culinary publishing.
Zoe Williams was named Restaurant Reviewer of the Year for her work in the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and Tim Hayward picked up the Food Journalist of the Year Award for work published in the FT Weekend magazine. The Food Magazine or Section of the Year Award was given to delicious. magazine.
The winner of the New Media Award was Sorted Food’s website sortedfood.com. The Food Broadcast of the Year Award went to “Our World: Coffee's Cruel Secret”, which was produced and presented by Chris Rogers and produced by Guy Lynn for BBC News. Emma Gardner’s blog Poires au Chocolat (www.poiresauchocolat.net) was handed the accolade for Food Blog of the Year.
The winners were presented with engraved glass trophies and a prize of £500, in a ceremony in the Wolfson Theatre at the Royal College of Physicians in London on Thursday 5th June.