On Saturday 6 July the winners of the 2013 Sophie Coe Prize were announced at the plenary session of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery.
Our congratulations go to Barak Kushner, this year’s winner, for Slurping Towards Modernity: The Birth of an Iconic Japanese National Dish. This fascinating, well-researched history of the complex factors in the rise of ramen during Japan’s quest for modernisation was full of enthusiasm and interest. Drawn from otherwise unavailable sources, this was the obvious choice for our judges, and deservedly takes the £1,500 prize.
The judges also enjoyed Paul Brewin’s The Dutch Way; Dutch Recipes in English Cookery Books of the 17th and 18th Centuries, which used a wide range of sources to ask a question not usually addressed in studies of European cuisine – what about the Dutch? The judges Highly Commended this impressive piece.
David Beriss‘ Red Beans and Rebuilding: an Iconic Dish, Memory and Culture In New Orleans also stood out as a rich and wide-ranging ethnography drawn from an imaginative variety of sources, and was Commended.
We thank everyone who entered this year, and celebrate our winners. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating them, and encourage an even wider range of entries next year. Follow this blog to stay up to date!