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Jane Grigson Trust Award 2019 – Shortlist Announced

The Oxford Cultural Collective is proud to have a strong relationship with the Jane Grigson Trust, the charity that promotes the legacy of one of Britain’s most distinguished food writers. OCC Patrons Geraldene Holt and Jeremy Lee are Patrons of the Jane Grigson Trust, as is OCC Chair Donald Sloan.

The shortlist for the Jane Grigson Trust Award 2019 was announced on Tuesday 19th February. The £2000 Award, created in memory Jane Grigson, is made to a first-time writer of a book about food or drink which has been commissioned but has not yet been published.


The shortlisted books are:

The Botanical Kitchen by Elly McCausland

Food blogger and literature lecturer Elly McCausland takes an in-depth look at our love affair with every part of the plant – fruits, flowers, leaves and seeds, from orchards to the tropics, tea leaves to tayberries – and shows how they enhance flavour, dramatically shifting and developing the character of a dish. (To be published by Absolute Press, March 2020) @nutmegs_seven

The Island Kitchen by Selina Periampillai

Private cook and recipe consultant Selina Periampillai, who is of Mauritian descent, celebrates the vibrant, exciting and varied home cuisines of the Indian Ocean, including recipes for dishes such as Seychellois Creole Octopus Salad and Peanut Pumpkin Stew from Madagascar. (To be published by Bloomsbury, May 2019) @selinaperiam 

The Ark of Taste by Dan Saladino

Radio journalist Dan Saladino takes the reader on a revelatory journey of discovery into the world’s most endangered foods and disappearing flavours, starting with the blood oranges of his family’s Sicilian roots, in order to better understand the world and our place in it. (To be published by Jonathan Cape, Spring 2020) @DanSaladinoUK

Chair of Judges, Geraldene Holt says: ‘Reading the entries for the 2019 Jane Grigson Trust Award has been an exhilarating experience. The high standard of writing across a broad range of subjects is impressive. First-time writers have made journeys of discovery to find new ingredients or new ways of cooking, or have explored the neglected cuisines of distant places. British food writing is clearly thriving and its future is very bright indeed.

‘In considering such a wide range of work, it was difficult to choose the shortlist of three. However, the judges have decided on The Botanical Kitchen by Elly McCausland, The Island Kitchen by Selina Periampillai and The Ark of Taste by Dan Saladino, all of which bring a distinctive voice and the spark of originality to their subjects.’

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at Quo Vadis in Soho, London on Monday 18 March.  The winner will receive a cheque for £2000 and the two runners-up will receive £100 book tokens.  All three shortlisted authors will receive copies of The Best of Jane Grigson.

The judges for the 2019 Award are: Geraldene Holt (author; chair of the Jane Grigson Trust); Clarissa Hyman (Trustee of the JGT); Josceline Dimbleby (Trustee of the JGT); William Sitwell (food writer, presenter and critic) and Jeremy Lee (chef at Quo Vadis London and food writer).


For media enquiries, please contact Laura Creyke at MHM on laura@markhutchinsonnamagement.co.uk / tel: 07951 777407 / Twitter: @MarkHMgmt

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