Winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award for New Food Writers 2021 Announced
Announced 7pm on 22nd March 2021
The Jane Grigson Trust is delighted to announce the winner of the Jane Grigson Trust Award for 2021 is Gurdeep Loyal @gurd_loyal for Mother Tongue – Flavours of a Second Generation which will be published by Fourth Estate in April 2022.
In Mother Tongue Gurdeep Loyal uses his own experience as a second generation British Indian as a starting point to explore the popular traditions of second generation food writers who both celebrate their parents’ legacy and see themselves as cultural in-betweeners. With recipes for everything from chat paneer hot dogs to coconut crab crumpets, Gurdeep shows how the blended cuisines of second generation children around the world today should be celebrated in their own right.
Gurdeep Loyal has worked in the food industry for many years and is currently head of food trends at Marks & Spencer. He curates the online platform Mother Tongue which celebrates second generation food stories from around the world. @gurd_loyal
The two runners up are:
- Claire Finney @finneyclare for Hungry Heart – A Story of Food and Love which will be published by Aurum in February 2023.
- Kitty & Alex Tait @therealorangebakery for Breadsong – How Bread Changed our Lives which will be published by Bloomsbury in May 2022
Chair of judges Geraldene Holt, comments; “Judging for this year’s award was thoughtful and opinionated and we are delighted to announce Gurdeep Loyal as this year’s Jane Grigson Trust Award winner and look forward to reading Mother Tongue. The two other shortlisted books were extremely highly regarded by the judges and it was a very close decision. In Mother Tongue, Gurdeep Loyal celebrates the blending of global cuisines from his perspective as a second generation British Indian.”
Now in its sixth year, the £2000 Jane Grigson Trust Award, created in memory of the distinguished British food writer Jane Grigson, is made to a first-time writer of a book about food or drink which has been commissioned but not yet published. In the spirit of Jane Grigson and her writing, the Award is for a non-fiction book on food and drink in the widest sense, from any genre – cookbook, memoir, travel, history – as long as the primary subject is food or drink.
The winner receives a cheque for £2000 award and the runners-up receive £100 of book tokens. All shortlisted authors receive copies of The Best of Jane Grigson.
Joining Geraldene Holt (food writer and chair of the Jane Grigson Trust) on the judging panel for the 2021 award were: Angela Clutton (food writer, broadcaster, and 2018 Jane Grigson Trust Award winner); Henrietta Green (food writer and Trustee of the JGT), Gareth Grundy (deputy editor of Observer Food Monthly), and Diana Henry (food writer and Trustee of the JGT).
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NOTES TO EDITORS
- Previous winners of the Jane Grigson Trust Award are: Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick for The Seafood Shack, Elly McCausland for The Botanical Kitchen and Dan Saladino for The Ark of Taste (joint winners), Angela Clutton for The Vinegar Cupboard, Vicky Hayward for The New Art of Cookery: A Spanish Friar’s Kitchen Notebook and Alex Andreou for The Magic Bayleaf.
- The Jane Grigson Trust Award is open to UK citizens or to foreign nationals who have been resident in the UK for more than three years
- The Jane Grigson Trust is an educational charity set up in memory of the celebrated food writer Jane Grigson (Registered Charity No. 1002742)
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust award 2020 was:
Kirsty and Fenella set up The Seafood Shack in Ullapool in western Scotland in 2016. The Seafood Shack has built up a strong fanbase and this book will mix Kirsty and Fenella’s most popular recipes with their story of creating a new food business, a look at the Scottish seafood and fishing industry and a reflection on the lives of the fishermen at its heart. It will be published by Kitchen Press in the Autumn of 2020.
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust award 2019 was:
The Botanical Kitchen, an in-depth exploration of our passion for all parts of the plant – from rose petals to raspberries, blackcurrants to bergamot, and lavender to lime leaves – will be published by Absolute Press in the sprnig of 2020. It will combine Elly’s love of literature, food culture and history with her passion for herbs, spices, fruit and tea.
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust award 2019 was:
In The Ark of Taste, radio journalist Dan Saladino will take the reader on a revelatory journey of discovery into the world’s most endangered foods and disappearing flavours.
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust award 2018 was:
In this fascinating and unique book, food writer and historian Angela Clutton demonstrates the many great ways vinegars can be used to balance and bring flavour, which will enable modern cooks to make the most of this ancient ingredient (to be published by Absolute Press in February 2019).
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust award 2017 was:
Drawing on her deep knowledge of Spanish culture, Vicky Hayward gives a modern retelling of an eighteenth-century classic cookbook, including fresh, simple and surprisingly easy to make recipes. (Published by Rowman & Littlefield in the UK in September 2017)
Vicky said of winning the Award:
The winner of the Jane Grigson Trust award 2016 was:
In an evocative mix of memoir and recipes, Alex Andreou writes about the food of the Greek islands. (To be published by Chatto & Windus – awaiting publication)