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The Guild of Food Writers
Newsletter June 2015

Dear Michelle,
If you know of any events or information you’d like included in the Newsletter, please email details to

our administrator, Jonathan Woods, at jonathan@gfw.co.uk. If you do not wish to receive this mailing please contact our Jonathan at jonathan@gfw.co.uk.


Don’t miss…

Tuesday 30 June, 6pm to 8pm
Food in Art Workshop With Gillian Riley
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH

Guild member and renowned food historian Gillian Riley, whose Food in Art: from Prehistory to the Renaissance was published recently, has kindly offered to give Guild members a glimpse of her discoveries.

Gillian writes: There are pitfalls and pleasures in finding out about things to eat in the fine arts. What you see and what you get can vary a lot; sometimes fruit and vegetables have a symbolic significance, like the cucumber and apple in Crivelli’s Annunciation, or bunches of grapes on fruit stalls which have many meanings and should not really have been there but for them. Some genre scenes are full of incidental details of kitchen equipment and cooking methods, and often a bible story in a modern setting can tell us a lot about everyday life. Still life paintings, botanical illustration, medieval illuminations, ceramics and  textiles are all grist for the mill of  the greedy food historian. This talk is about this visual treasure trove that we can delight in and learn from.

Principal Librarian Dr Peter Ross is generously hosting this event in the John Stow Room of the Guildhall Library. Gillian’s account will be illustrated via projector and screen, and there will be an opportunity to discuss and chat after the talk, helped along of course by a glass or two of wine and some apt nibbles. 

Places cost £10 for members and £20 for guests.

The nearest tube stations are Bank (exit 9) or St Paul’s (both Central Line), Mansion House (District and Circle Line) and Moorgate (Northern, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines); for help planning your journey go to www.tfl.gov.uk.

Tuesday 14 July, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Members Drop-In Drinks
Li Veli Winery & Bistro, 69 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9JS

Members are invited to come along and join us at Li Veli in central London (just a minute or two's walk from Covent Garden tube station) for a companionable drink and catch-up with fellow Guild members. This is an informal event with everyone buying their own drinks and all members are welcome to drop in at any time between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. We especially hope that any newer members will take this opportunity to come along and get to know others at the Guild. If you know someone who is thinking of joining the Guild, this friendly get-together would be a great occasion for them to see the Guild in action, so feel free to bring them as a guest.

Li Veli  is an Italian winery and bistro, serving traditional wine and food from the southern region of Puglia.  Their food is based on traditional Apulian cuisine and most of the products they use are grown in Puglia or delivered daily from selected local markets.  The wines on offer are from Puglia, Piemonte, Alto Adige, Friuli and Toscana. Li Veli is a light, airy space - even in its private area downstairs which is where we shall be gathering.

You don’t need a ticket, but please let Jonathan know if you are coming so we have some idea of numbers; you can email Jonathan at the usual jonathan@gfw.co.uk. If you can come along at the last minute you are more than welcome to just turn up. If you’d like to book a table for dinner afterwards please click here.

Booking for Guild events

To book for any Guild event, please reserve a place by emailing jonathan@gfw.co.uk. There are two ways to pay:
  • Internet banking: If you have internet banking and would like to pay that way, the Guild's bank account is at HSBC's Esher branch, sort code 40-20-26 and the account is in the name of the Guild of Food Writers, account number 21142607. Please quote your name as the reference when making a payment.
  • By cheque: Please send a cheque, made payable to the Guild of Food Writers, to me at The Guild of Food Writers, 255 Kent House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 1JQ.

Members’ publications

Fiona Bird
Seaweed in the Kitchen
ISBN-13: 978-1909248397

Sue Lawrence
The Scottish Berries Bible
ISBN-13: 978-1780272665
Genevieve Taylor
How To Eat Outside:
Fabulous Al Fresco Food for BBQs,
Bonfires, Camping and More

ISBN-13: 978-0593074510

Linda Tubby

Solo: Inspirational Cooking for One
ISBN-13: 978-0857832788

Members’ news

Sri Owen: Lifetime Achievement Award

Guild member Sri Owen has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Ubud Food Festival in Jakarta. Credited with bringing Indonesia’s culinary heritage to the global stage, Sri, who was born in West Sumatra and relocated to Java during World War Two before moving to Britain with her husband, is the author of a number of classic works on South-East Asian cooking, including The Home Book of Indonesian Cookery (1976). Sri said she was ‘so pleased’ and ‘very happy’ adding ‘if you get a lifetime achievement award, 80 is the perfect age!’ To read more about Sri’s many achievements, click here.

Winner of the Yan-kit So Memorial Award for Food Writers on Asia

Celia PlenderGuild member Celia Plender has won Asia House’s Yan-kit So Memorial Award 2015 for her proposal to write a cookbook on regional Japanese cuisine. Celia will use the grant to enrich her knowledge of Japanese cuisine by visiting each of Japan's regions in spring 2016.

Celia would be very grateful for any contacts in Japan or useful tips on interesting regional dishes or restaurants that Guild members might be happy to share.

Email: celiaplender@gmail.com. Find out more about the Award and Celia’s plans here.

Thane’s Cookbook Club

Guild member Thane Prince hosts a monthly cookbook club at the Draper’s Arms, 44 Barnsbury Street, London N1 1ER. The next meeting is planned for Wednesday 15 July and will be an evening of homage to Ina ‘Who ever makes just one cocktail?’ Garten. There is a sub of £10 and they start as close to 7pm as you can make it! Updates @TPCookBookClub.

Humble by Nature Big Day Out

Guild member Genevieve Taylor is organising a festival with Kate Humble to celebrate the launch of her book, How to Eat Outside. The book was published on 18 June and the event is on Saturday 4 July – it’s a 24-hour mini food and music festival on Kate’s farm in Monmouthshire. Check the Big Day Out website for full details.

Arvon food writing course: recipes and recollections

The charitable Arvon Foundation, which exists to provide people with the time and space to write through rural retreats with experienced writers, is putting on a five-day food writing course in October.

Food writing can take many forms, and combines various skills, from research and writing, sourcing and cooking, to imagination and memory. Guild member Felicity Cloake (author of the Guardian’s 'How to Make the Perfect’ column) and Tiffany Murray (author of forthcoming food memoir ‘The Rock n’ Roll Cook, Freddie and Me’) will help you find, write and produce the perfect recipe for the perfect roast chicken as well as to learn how to go back to your childhood kitchen and rediscover culinary secrets and tales.

The course at Totleigh Barton runs from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 October and costs £725 for a place in a single room, or £680 for a place in a shared room. For more information go to: www.arvon.org/course/food-writing/.

2015 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards now open!

After an extremely successful launch last year, entries for the 2015 FreeFrom Eating Out Awards are now open. The awards, run by the same team as the FreeFrom Food Awards, including founder and Guild Member Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, and sponsored by Sodexo, were inspired by the new EU allergen regulations, which have shown retailers that being allergen-aware can open up exciting new markets. And what better a way to attract customers who either need or want to eat ‘freefrom’ than to win a ‘freefrom' award?

Categories are: cafés and teashops (sponsored by Can I eat there?), pubs and pub restaurants (sponsored by Green’s Gluten-free Beers), independent restaurants and restaurant chains (sponsored by Riso Gallo), hotels and guest houses (sponsored by Caterlyst), schools, colleges and universities (sponsored by Thomas Ridley Foodservice), foods manufactured for food service, street food and takeaways (sponsored by Genon Laboratories), fish and chip shops (sponsored by Glebe Farm) and corporate hospitality and catering (sponsored by Nairn’s).

Entries close on Friday 28 August, and entry forms can be found on the awards site here. A shortlist will be published on Wednesday 7 October, and the awards will be presented at the Food Matters Live event at Excel on Tuesday 17 November by patron Antony Worrall Thompson. There will also be a ‘cook off’ between some of the winners of last year’s awards (for a full list of 2014 winners click here). For more information contact Michelle Berriedale-Johnson on 020 7722 2866 or michelle@foodsmatter.com.

What are you doing?

The Guild always welcomes the opportunity to boast about members’ achievements, whether in print, broadcasting, commercial ventures, awards, etc. Too often, we learn about these things long after the fact – and from other sources, not the members themselves.

We want to put your news in this newsletter and to tweet about it. We can’t do anything if you don’t tell us what you’ve done. Please, please let us know.

The cut-off date for inclusion in the July 2015 newsletter is Thursday 9 July 2015. Don’t miss it!

Jonathan Woods: jonathan@gfw.co.uk. Get those lights out and shining.

Opportunities and offers

Job opportunity: Senior Digital Editor - Food

Term: Permanent, full-time
Location: Central London
Applications: Please apply online
Closing date: Thursday 9 July.
A great opportunity to join a leading international content marketing agency as a Senior Digital Editor has arisen. The successful candidate will be overseeing the editorial content for the agency's digital offering for a world-renowned consumer brand. You will be a food enthusiast with a deep passion and in-depth knowledge for the industry.
For further information, please click here.

Jane Grigson Award for New Food Writers

The Jane Grigson Trust have announced an award to support new food writers, to be presented for the first time in March 2016.

The £2,000 Jane Grigson Award, created in honour of the 25th anniversary of Jane Grigson’s death, will be made to a writer new to food writing (although they may have written on other subjects) who has already received a commission from a publishing house. In the spirit of Jane’s writing, the award will be for a non-fiction book on food in the widest sense, from any genre – cook book, memoir, travel, history – so long as the primary subject is food.

The judges for the inaugural 2016 Award include three Guild members Geraldene Holt (author, chair of the Jane Grigson Trust); Jill Norman (Jane Grigson’s former editor at Penguin, author, Trustee of the JGT); and Bee Wilson (Sunday Telegraph food columnist and author of three books on food-related topics).

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2015. The shortlist will be announced in February 2016 and the winner at an award ceremony in March 2016.

For further details about the Jane Grigson Award and Rules of Entry, go to www.janegrigsontrust.org.uk.

The Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge: judges needed

The Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge is looking for Judges with an interest in Chocolate/Spice to join the judging panels in September/October. Guild member Joanna Simon will be this year’s head judge. For further information please contact pressoffice@the-style-academy.com.

New member

Chloe Coker

Chloe is a food writer and cookery teacher. She loves kitchen table cookery – homely recipes, family food, and local, seasonal, sustainable produce.

She has a kitchen garden and an interest in food for health and special diets, especially dairy and gluten free. She runs a pop-up cookery school called The Round Table, teaching hands-on cookery classes in community venues across a range of cuisines.

Chloe’s contact details are:
address: 1 Prospect Cottages, Chapel Lane, Horsted Keynes, West Sussex RH17 7AF; telephone: 07775 740382 (mobile); emails: 
chloe@roundtablecookery.comchloe@chloecoker.com; website: roundtablecookery.comchloecoker.com; Twitter: @roundtablechloe.

Members contact details

From Friday 3 July, Sumayya Usmani’s new address will be 2/1, 38 Pleasance Street, Glasgow G43 1SW; all other contact details remain the same.

Annual Awards Party gallery

You can view a full gallery from this year’s Awards Night on our website here
© Kirsten Holst

2015 Awards Winners from left to right: Rick Stein OBE, Oliver Gladwin, Dale Pinnock,
Kevin Gould, Helena Attlee, Thom Archer, Itamar Srulovich, Sarit Packer,
Richard Gladwin, Natalie Whittle, Bob Granleese (behind the plate), Diana Henry,
Tim Hayward, Dan Saladino, Andrew Wasley and Radu Ciorniciuc

© Kirsten Holst

© Lucy Young


Guild news


Guild members are entitled to a variety of discounts and the full list of discounts is set out in the members’ area of the website at www.gfw.co.uk/members/members-discounts.cfm. If you can’t remember your password to access the members’ area, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk.

Guild on Twitter

The Guild now has over 18,300 Twitter followers.

It is the Guild’s policy to follow all members on Twitter and to tweet any news about Guild members’ activities. If you have any news you would like included in the newsletter and tweeted about, please email jonathan@gfw.co.uk.

The latest Guild member to share their Twitter identity is Susanna Booth, who you can find tweeting at @widecircle1. If you have recently joined the tweeting flock, please send your handle to Jonathan Woods so we can start following you.

You can follow the Guild on Twitter at @guildfoodwriter and the Guild maintains a Twitter list of Guild members at twitter.com/#!/GuildFoodWriter/the-guild-of-food-writers. If you tweet about a new book or something similar, include the Guild handle @guildfoodwriter in your tweet and it will be easier for our resident tweeters to spot and therefore retweet.

Guild sponsorship

If you know of any potential sponsors who might be interested in this or would like to see the detailed outline of sponsorship opportunities available, please email the Guild’s sponsorship coordinators at sponsorship@gfw.co.uk.
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 President: Xanthe Clay      Vice-President: Clarissa Hyman

Chair: Kate Hawkings      Vice-Chair: Jane Lunzer Gifford

Treasurer: Jane Lunzer Gifford

Awards Coordinators: Jayne Cross and Jane Lunzer Gifford

Cook It and Write It Coordinator: Jayne Cross      

Events Coordinator: Christopher Trotter     

Membership Coordinators: Angela Clutton and Christine Smallwood

Policy Coordinators: Angela Clutton, Philip Dundas (special officer) and Silvija Davidson

Professional Issues Secretary: Sarah Beattie (special officer)

Sponsorship Coordinators: Beverley GlockSamantha Kilgour (special officer)
and Charlotte Pike (special officer)

Website  and Publications Coordinator: Orlando Murrin 

Workshops Coordinators: Angela CluttonSilvija Davidson  
Christopher Trotter and Laura Washburn Hutton

New committee members: Felicity Cloake and Hattie Ellis

New special officers: Ramona Andrews and Genevieve Taylor

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