• The Best Food Books: The 2023 Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards - Red Sauce Brown Sauce: A British Breakfast Odyssey by Felicity Cloake
  • The Best Food Books: The 2023 Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards - The Joy of Snacks: A Celebration of One of Life's Greatest Pleasures, with Recipes by Laura Goodman
  • The Best Food Books: The 2023 Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards - A Portrait of British Cheese: A Celebration of Artistry, Regionality and Recipes by Angus Birditt
  • The Best Food Books: The 2023 Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards - Breadsong: How Baking Changed Our Lives by Al Tait & Kitty Tait
  • The Best Food Books: The 2023 Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards - Takeaway: Stories From a Childhood Behind the Counter by Angela Hui

The Best Food Books: The 2023 Fortnum & Mason Food And Drink Awards, recommended by Clare Finney

Every year, the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards celebrate the best books across a range of food, cookery and drink categories. Here British food writer Clare Finney, one of the judges for this year’s awards, talks us through the fabulous books that made the 2023 shortlists—and shows how they are about much more than just delicious food.

  • The Best Vegan Cookbooks - Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskovitz
  • The Best Vegan Cookbooks - The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples by Miyoko Schinner
  • The Best Vegan Cookbooks - Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant by Amanda Cohen
  • The Best Vegan Cookbooks - Raw by Charlie Trotter & Roxanne Klein
  • The Best Vegan Cookbooks - Sweet + Salty: The Art of Vegan Chocolates, Truffles, Caramels, and More from Lagusta's Luscious by Lagusta Yearwood

The Best Vegan Cookbooks, recommended by Alicia Kennedy

Vegan cooking has been transformed over the past 20 years. No longer is it trying to replicate non-vegan tastes and dishes or provide an alternative to meat. As the food writer Alicia Kennedy explains, the best vegan cooking is just excellent cooking, on its own terms. She recommends five vegan cookbooks to help you get to grips with vegan cooking techniques and to understand the range of vegan culinary possibilities.

  • Diet Books - Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public by William Banting
  • Diet Books - Pure, White, and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It by John Yudkin
  • Diet Books - The F-Plan Diet: Lose Weight Fast and Live Longer by Audrey Eyton
  • Diet Books - The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted by T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell II
  • Diet Books - The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley

Diet Books, selected by Tim Spector

Fad diets have been with us for generations, but the the truth is that any regime that focuses on excluding whole food groups should be approached with caution, says Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and author of the bestselling books The Diet Myth and Spoon-Fed. For this reason, he says, intermittent fasting (also known as the 5:2 diet) is the only weight-loss diet he’d truly recommend.

  • The best books on Food Studies - Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England by William Cronon
  • The best books on Food Studies - Nature’s Perfect Food by E. Melanie Dupuis
  • The best books on Food Studies - Flavors of Empire: Food and the Making of Thai America by Mark Padoongpatt
  • The best books on Food Studies - Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont by Teresa M. Mares
  • The best books on Food Studies - Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain

The best books on Food Studies, recommended by Matt Garcia

Matt Garcia, Professor of Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies & History at Dartmouth College, discusses the production of primary foods in the United States and globally—a field that has often been ignored by historians and by society. He recommends five books to learn more about food studies, with particular attention to agricultural workers, often among the most marginalized and least protected members of the US labor force.