Winners, 1995-2016

The recipients of the Prize and any subsidiary awards are selected by an anonymous panel of judges. Each year the judges produce a report, which you can read by clicking on the relevant year in the list of winners below.

2016
Winner:
Susanna Forrest – “Horsemeat is certainly delicious”: anxiety, xenophobia and rationalism at a nineteenth-century American hippophagic banquet. £1,500.
Subsidiary Awards:
Anthony Buccini – Defining cuisine: communication, culinary grammar and the typology of cuisine. Highly Commended.
Robert Dirks – African Americans and Soul Foods. Commended.
Christine Knight – Deep-frying the nation: Communicating about Scottish food and nutrition. Honourable Mention.
Valentina Peveri – The exquisite political fragrance of enset. Honourable Mention.
Pamela Cooley – Searching for Amelia: a quest for the author of the first American cookbook. Honourable Mention.

2015
Winner:
Anya Zilberstein – Inured to Empire: Wild Rice and Climate Change. £1,500.
Subsidiary Awards:
Janet Beizer – The Emperor’s Plate: Marketing Leftovers in Nineteenth-Century Paris. Highly Commended.
Madeline Shanahan – “Whipt with a twig rod”: Irish manuscript recipe books as sources for the study of culinary material culture, ca. 1600 to1830. Highly Commended.
Anthony Buccini – The Merchants of Genoa and the Diffusion of Southern Italian Pasta Culture in Europe. Commended.
Ken Albala – La Cuisinière Canadienne: The Cookbook as Communication. Honourable Mention.
Máirtin Mac Con Iomaire – Gastro-Topography: Exploring Food-Related Placenames in Ireland. Honourable Mention.

2014
Winner:
Garritt Van Dyk – Méthode Anglaise: Transnational Exchange and the Origins of Champagne. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Anya von Bremzen – The Last Days of the Czars. Highly Commended.
Charmaine O’Brien – Text for Dinner: Plain food in colonial Australia …or was it? Commended.
Peter Beck- Tasting a Neighborhood: a Food History of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Commended.

2013
Winner:
Barak Kushner – Slurping Towards Modernity: The Birth of an Iconic Japanese National Dish. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Paul Brewin – The Dutch Way; Dutch Recipes in English Cookery Books of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Highly Commended.
David Beriss – Red Beans and Rebuilding: an Iconic Dish, Memory and Culture In New Orleans. Commended.

2012
Winner:
Di Murrell – Food on the Move. £1,500.
(see also http://www.foodieafloat.com/foodieafloat.com/Writings/Entries/2012/7/7_Food_on_the_Move.html)
Subsidiary awards:

none.

2011
Winner:
Eileen White – On Watty’s birthday, a gentry family celebrates in 1763. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
none.

2010
Winner:

Zona Spray Starks – Drying and Fermenting in the Arctic: Dictating Women’s Roles in Alaska’s Inupiat Culture. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Ken Albala – Cooking as Research Methodology: Experiments in Renaissance Cuisine. Special commendation.
Heather Paxson – Cheese Cultures: Transforming American Tastes and Traditions. Special commendation.

2009
Winner:
Kaori O’ Connor – The Hawaiian Luau: food as tradition, transgression, transformation and travel. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Ruth Carroll – Vague Language in the Medieval Recipes of the Forme of Cury. £400.

2008
Winner:
Aylin Oney Tan – The Poppy: Potent yet Frail. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Kyri Watson Claflin – Les Halles & the Moral Market: Frigophobia Strikes in the Belly of Paris. £300.
Modhumita Roy: Some like Hot: Class, Gender, Empire in the Making of Mulligatawny Soup. £200.

2007
Winner:
Anne Mendelson – The Lenapes: In Search of Pre-European Foodways in the Greater New York Region. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Maren Möhring – Transnational food migration and the internationalisation of food consumption. Ethnic Cuisine in West Germany. £150.
Alicia Ríos – Cooking and Eating London: An Ali&Cia urbanography ceremony commissioned by Lift. £150.
William Rubel – Eggs in Moon Shine with Cream: A Selection of Egg Recipes 1500-1800. £150.

2006
Winner:
Ursula Heinzelmann – Teltow Turnips: Humble roots with a long history: a unique example of the link between place of origin and authenticity of flavour. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Allison Clark – Russian Roulette or a Way of Life: the ‘60-day Rule’ for Raw Milk Cheese. £300.
Fuchsia Dunlop – The Strange Tale of General Tso’s Chicken. £200.
Carolin Young – Salvador Dali’s Giant Egg. £150.
Kristin A. Morrissey – How the Cactus Lost its Fruit: Representations of Saguaro Fruit as Cultural Constructions (1540-1920). £100.
Zona Spray Sparks – Creating with Arctic Eggs. £50.

2005
Winner:
Anthony F. Buccini – Western Mediterranean Vegetable Stews and the Integration of Culinary Exotica. £1,500.
Subsidiary awards:
Bronwen E. Bromberger – Twenty-first Century Artisans: three British farmstead cheese-makers on the concept of “Tradition”. £200.
Christine Knight – Nostalgia and authenticity in low-carbohydrate dieting. £200.
Alison Locker – Omega 3: Rent , Lent and Charity. £200.
Jules Rabin – Crammed with Distressful Bread. £200.

2004
Winner:
Ursula Heinzelmann – Spreewaldgurken: Pickled Cucumbers from the Spreewald. £1,250.
Subsidiary awards:
Jane Levi – A Surreptious Snack: The evolution of Elevenses. £500.

2003
Winner:
Dr. Susan Weingarten – The great Tracta debate: evidence from the Talmud. £1,000.
Subsidiary awards:
Jeremy MacClancy – Feeding Nationalism: a Basque example. £400.
Lynn Martin – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in Europe, 1399-1700: a review of data on alcohol consumption and a hypothesis. £300.

2002
Winner:
Barry A. Groves – William Banting: the father of the low-carbohydrate diet. £1,000.
Subsidiary awards:
Helen Day – Waste Not, Want Not: the excesses of gluttony in the early to mid- Victorian period. £300.
Valerie Mars and Gerald Mars – Fat in the Victorian Kitchen: a medium for cooking, control, deviance and crime. £300.

2001
Winner:
William & Yvonne Lockwood – Continuity and Adaptation in Arab American Foodways. £1,000.
Subsidiary awards:
June di Schino – The Pope, the Queen, and the Mystery Banquets. £450.

2000
Winner:
Warren Belasco – Future Notes: The Meal In a Pill. £1,000.
Subsidiary awards:
Richard R. Wilk – The Origins of “Belizean Food”. £300.
Laura Mason – William Jarrin: The Italian Confectioner 1784-1848. £200.
Zona Spray – Memories of a Vanishing Eskimo Cuisine. £200.
Gaitri Pagrach Chandra – Damra Bound: Indian Echos in Guyanese Foodways. £100.
Andrew Dalby – Dining with the Caesars. Books to the value of £75.
Malcolm Thick – William Ellis, the Country Housewife’s Family Companion, 1750. Books to the value of £75.

1999
Winner:
Gillian Riley – Gastronomy in the Still-life Paintings of Meléndez. £1,000.
Subsidiary awards:
Daniel Block – Purity, Economy, and Social Welfare in the Progressive Era Pure Milk Movement. £250.
Gilly Lehmann – Politics in the Kitchen. £250.
Chitrita Banerji – The Kindest Cut: How the Bengali discovered Chhana and its Delightful Offspring. £150.
Jules Rabin – Soup for Bread: Altering and Shrinking the Sparse Repasts of the Poor. £150.
Claudia Alarcon – Tamales in Mesoamerica: Food for Gods and Mortals. Books to the value of £100.
Alyson M. Ryley – The Prime of Miss Frank Buttolph: Notes toward a Menu History of New York City. Books to the Value of £100.
Regina Sexton – Porridges, Gruels and Breads: The Cereal Foodstuffs of Early Medieval Ireland. Books to the value of £100.
Professor Constance Hieatt and Brenda Hosington – From Espinnee to Sambocade: Flowers in Recipes of Medieval England. Special Commendation, with a book.

1998
Winner:
Rachel Laudan – A Kind of Chemistry. £1,000.
Subsidiary awards:
Paula Marcoux – The Thickening Plot. £300.
Chitrita Banerji – Sweet Offerings. £200.
Eve Jochnowitz – Feasting on the Future. £100.
Andrew Smith – From Garum to Ketchup. £100.
The late Roy Shipperbottom – Elizabeth Raffald. Honourable Mention.

1997
Winner:

Peter Brears – Transparent Pleasures: the story of the jelly. £1,000.  (in: Part One -PPC (Petits Propos Culinaires),No. 53 (London: Prospect Books Ltd., 1996), pp8-19; Part Two -PPC (Petits Propos Culinaires) No. 54 (London: Prospect Books Ltd., 1996), pp25-37.)
Subsidiary awards:
Ivan Day – Further Musings on the Syllabub. £250.  (in: PPC (Petits Propos Culinaires) No. 53 (London: Prospect Books Ltd., 1996), pp33-44.)
Darra Goldstein – Is Hay only for Horses? Books to the value of £150.  (in: Food in Russian History and Culture, ed. Musya Glants and Joyce Toomre (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1997), pp 103-123.)
Delwyn Samuel – Approaches to the Archaeology of Food. Books to the value of £150.  (in: PPC (Petits Propos Culinaires) No. 54 (London: Prospect Books Ltd., 1996), pp 12-21.)

1996
Winner:
Andrew Dalby – Alexander’s Culinary Legacy. £1,000.  (in Cooks and Other People: The Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, 1995, ed. Harlan Walker (Totnes, Devon: Prospect Books, 1996), pp 81-93)
Subsidiary awards:
Barbara Santich – The Rise and Demise of the Kangaroo Steamer. £250.  (in: Santich, Barbara. Looking for Flavour (Kent Town, South Australia: Wakefield Press, 1996), pp 155-164.)
Sharon Hudgins – Raw Liver and More: feasting with the Buriats of Southern Siberia. Books to the value of £125.  (in: Food on the Move: The Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, 1996. ed. Harlan Walker (Totnes, Devon: Prospect Books, 1997), pp 136-156.)

1995 (The first year the Prize was awarded)
Joint Prize Winners:
Ove Fosså – A Whale of a Dish: whalemeat as food. £500.  (in: Disappearing Foods: The Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, 1994. ed. Harlan Walker (Totnes: Prospect Books, 1996), pp 78-102.)
Regina Sexton – I’d Ate it like Chocolate: the disappearing offal food traditions of Cork City. £500.  (in: Disappearing Foods: The Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, 1994, ed. Harlan Walker (Totnes, Devon: Prospect Books, 1996), pp 172-188.)