The Rangoon Sisters Cookbook, Seafood Shack and Food Almanac are shortlisted for the Jane Grigson Trust Award for New Food and Drink Writers 2020.
Now in its fifth year and open to UK citizens or to foreign nationals who have been resident in the UK for more than three years, the £2,000 prize is awarded to a first-time writer of a non-fiction book about food or drink which has been commissioned but not yet published in memory of British food writer Jane Grigson.
The Rangoon Sisters Cookbook (Ebury, July 2020) by Amy Chung and Emily Chung features 100 recipes “celebrating their Burmese heritage in what will undoubtedly become the go-to book for anyone wanting to make delicious, simple, authentic Burmese food at home” according to its synopsis.
The shortlisted Seafood Shack (Kitchen Press in Spring 2021) sees Ullapool food business owners Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick mix their “most popular recipes with their story, a look at the Scottish seafood and fishing industry and a reflection on the lives of the fishermen at its heart" from the book's description.
Founder of creative platform celebrating British food culture Miranda York’s The Food Almanac (Pavilion Books, October 2020) is described as “legendary food writers and lauded chefs to up-and-coming poets and debut novelists looking at the gastronomic world through memoirs, essays, short stories and poems alongside recipes, menus and monthly reading lists.”
Chair of judges Geraldene Holt said: "In March this year, the Trust marks 30 years since Jane Grigson died. The impressive shortlist for the 2020 award founded in her name reflects the great advances in food writing that Jane initiated.”
Joining Holt on the judging panel is chef Angela Hartnett, Delicious magazine editor Karen Barnes, Oxford Cultural Collective director and JGT trustee Donald Sloan and editor, food writer and JGT trustee Jill Norman.
The winner will be announced on 24th March at Quo Vadis, London. Runners-up will receive £100 book tokens and all shortlisted authors will receive copies of The Best of Jane Grigson.