Food writer and historian Angela Clutton has won the 2018 Jane Grigson Trust Award for her "fascinating and unique" book The Vinegar Cupboard (Absolute Press).
In the book, Clutton demonstrates the many great ways vinegars can be used to balance and bring flavour; and enables modern cooks to make the most of this ancient ingredient. Clutton has written on food and drink for a range of publications and runs the popular Borough Market Cookbook Club.
The Vinegar Cupboard will be published by Absolute Press in February 2019.
The two runners-up were chef and food blogger Nargisse Benkabbou for Casablanca: My Moroccan Food which will 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 late March 2018.
Created in memory of the British food writer Jane Grigson, the £2,000 award is made to a first-time writer of a book on food or drink which has been commissioned but has not yet been published. The two runners-up receive £100 of book tokens.
Chair of judges of the Jane Grigson Trust Award, Geraldene Holt, praised Clutton's "informative and inspirational" winning title.
“One of the many qualities of Jane Grigson’s writing was her mission to explain", said Holt. "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."
She added: "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."