The Guild of Food Writers, Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

James Beard Foundation: Best general book award 2006 for The Cook’s Book

Medal of the German Academy of Gastronomy 2002 for Herb & Spice, A Cook’s Reference

André Simon award 1993, IACP Julia Child award and Jane Grigson award 1994 for Harvest of the Cold Months

The André Simon award, the Glenfiddich award, the IACP award for a reference book
1991 for The Complete Book of Spices

The Glenfiddich trophy 1991 for ‘major contribution to food and drink publishing’

The Glenfiddich award 1986 for Sainsburys Classic Cookbooks



2010-2014 Consultant editor to Quadrille Publishing for Classic Voices in Food, a series of reprints of some of the finest books on food in English from the 19th to the mid-20th century. Each conveys the flavour of its times, while still being relevant to today’s cook.
‘This series fills in the spaces in our culinary history….The original editions would cost the same price as a family car, but they are now available for less than £15 in these gorgeously designed new hardback editions.’  (Tim Hayward)

Regular contributor to the online journal Modern Salt

Occasional restaurant reviewer; freelance articles for The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Times, The Telegraph, Decanter, Waitrose Magazine.

Member of the Guild of Food Writers and the Circle of Wine Writers.



French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian.