Jacqui Small's Classic Koffmann shortlisted in the James Beard Foundation Book Awards

March 20, 2017

Classic Koffmann, published by Jacqui Small – an imprint of The Quarto Group, has been shortlisted in the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Awards in the ‘Cooking from a Professional Point of View’ category.


The book was chosen to be in the shortlist as it contributed "to the growing canon of information and knowledge about food and beverage. Content, accuracy, design, and writing style are among the elements considered."


The Book Awards Committee selects the Cookbook of the Year from among the nominated books in each category. Each year the committee also inducts a classic cookbook or an author's body of work into the Cookbook Hall of Fame.


The Book Awards that are administered by the James Beard Foundation were started in 1966 by French's Mustard as the R. T. French Tastemaker Awards. They were administered briefly and in turn by Duncan Hines, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. The James Beard Foundation took them into the fold in 1990.


The book itself offers a masterclass in all that's best in the French culinary tradition.

Find out more about the awards here

And about the book here

Three Quarto books recognised by the Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards 2016

January 30, 2017

Three Quarto titles have had success at The Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards 2016 – a new scheme which was introduced earlier this year by Homemaker Magazine. The award ‘aims to honour a variety of wonderful books that have been adored by the creative nation in the past 12 months.’

The Shopkeeper’s Home by Caroline Rowland from Jacqui Small was crowned Winner of the The Best Interiors Book. Judge Wayne Hemingway MBE praised the book: “The Shopkeeper’s Home by Caroline Rowland is a genius idea. It allows you to get inside the homes of the coolest indie interiors retailers, and a lot of inspiration can be found there.”

Another two Quarto books were highly recommended from the judges; in The Best Design Book category– Modernist Estates by Stefi Orazi from Frances Lincoln and in the The Best Wildcard Book category – Decorate for a Party by Holly Becker & Leslie Shewring, Jacqui Small.

Further award details here:


Jacqui Small Book wins Best Drinks Book of the Year for Volcanic Wines at the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards

January 25, 2017

Volcanic Wines – Salt, Grit and Power by John Szabo MS. and published by Jacqui Small, has won the André Simon Food and Drink Book Award 2016 for Best Drinks Book of the Year. The André Simon Awards were founded in 1978 to recognise the achievements of food and drink writers and are the longest running awards of their kind.

The book itself takes a novel approach to the world of wine, using volcanic soil as the overarching theme and link between a wide range of grapes and wine regions. Its personal and anecdotal information helps to humanize the journey, with experiences and discoveries shared in eloquent but accessible, playful prose.

Congratulations to everyone who worked on the book!

Three Quarto Books Listed on the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017

January 24, 2017

Three Quarto Titles have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.

We are very proud to have the following three titles selected on the list:

  • Amelia Earhart – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
  • The Hello Atlas – Wide Eyed Editions

 A preview of the Notable Social Studies list is available on the CBC site. 

 Quarto had four titles selected in the 2016 list. 

Quarto Author Peter Dazeley Awarded The British Empire Award

January 19, 2017

Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.

The British Empire Medal is described by gov.uk as “Awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.” And is part of the Queen’s Honours system.

The system recognises people who have, made achievements in public life, committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. They’ll usually have made life better for other people or be outstanding at what they do.

From Dazeley’s success as a photographer he was able to give back to communities by donating his time as a photographer, to a variety of different charities. In his career he has guided and inspired the young through his mentoring in photography and  has also donated his skills to charities in support of their campaigns. Described as ‘the working class gong’ the British Empire Medal prize trophies long term commitment to charities.

Now at the age of 68, Dazeley is still working hard and can look back with great satisfaction at what he has achieved. He will be meeting the Queen later on this year to receive his award. 

Over 15 Quarto books selected by Waterstones for their Christmas list

November 14, 2016

A broad selection of Quarto books have been picked by Waterstones for their Christmas list of Best Books of 2016, including the following titles:

Top Non-Fiction here:

Beautiful Gift Books here:

 Children's Books here:

The Year's Biggest Book Trends:

  • Go Wild - The Stick Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield, Frances Lincoln

Bestselling Humour here:

Chef and Quarto Author Pierre Koffmann visits Westminster Kingsway College

November 8, 2016

Chef Pierre Koffmann visited Westminster Kingsway College with his protégé and College graduate Ben Murphy to spend time with students and staff as part of celebrations of 50 years as a chef.

Pierre and Ben spent the morning touring the College’s hospitality and culinary arts kitchens and facilities. They got the chance to speak to students and staff and watch a range of lessons from bakery to barista training. They also dined in the College’s Vincent Rooms restaurant.

As part of their visit, Pierre and Ben also had a question and answer session hosted by Westminster Kingsway College Chef Lecturer, Jose Souto. Pierre shared his experiences spanning five decades both inside and outside the kitchen with anecdotes and advice for the audience. The students also had a chance to speak to Ben, where they asked him about his time working with Pierre, life after studying at Westminster Kingsway College and plans for his future.

Pierre came to London aged 22, for a short six month working trip at the Roux brothers’ Le Gavroche, and ended up staying. He achieved two Michelin stars at The Waterside Inn and then three stars at his own restaurant, La Tante Claire. He also did a 10-day pop-up restaurant on the roof of Selfridges which lasted two months. He has received three Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2016 and is currently celebrating his 50th year in the kitchen with his new book ‘Classic Koffmann’, which he signed for members of the audience after the session.

Ben Murphy graduated in 2010 and worked with Pierre at Koffmann’s at the Berkeley for three-and-a-half years. He won Evening Standard’s Restaurant of the Year 2016 only 10 weeks after opening The Woodford. He also recently won Breakthrough Chef of the Year at the Food and Travel Awards 2016.

Pierre said: “From my tour of the College I can see that it is very impressive. The equipment alone is fantastic and a far cry from when I went to school a long time ago. You can’t learn everything at school, but you can’t learn everything at work either; here is an opportunity to try different skills and build on it at College and at work. The students who study here are very lucky to learn at Westminster Kingsway College.”

Visit the College’s Facebook page for pictures from Pierre’s visit to Westminster Kingsway College.

Eight Quarto Titles Shortlisted for the Homemaker Art & Craft Book Awards

September 8, 2016

This year, Homemaker magazine – a print magazine full of creative ideas for the home – has launched the Art & Craft Book Awards, which “will honour a variety of wonderful books that have been adored by the creative nation in the past 12 months.”

Four titles from Jacqui Small have been shortlisted: Upcycling by Max McMurdo; Dream Decor by Will Taylor; The Shopkeeper's Home by Caroline Rowland; and Decorate for a Party by Holly Backer and Leslie Shewring. And four titles from Frances Lincoln have also made the list: Modernist Estates by Stefi Orazi; The Crafted Garden by Louise Curley; Little Collectors: Nature Art by Jenny Bowers; and Pattern Play by Nghiem Ta and Danielle Kroll.

The winners will be voted for by a judging panel and the magazine’s readers.

This year’s judges will be: Chalk paint expert, Annie Sloan; fashion designer, Wayne Hemingway MBE; Great British Sewing Bee Contestant, Jenniffer Taylor; head designer at Liberty Fabrics, Polly Mason and Homemaker editor, Rosie Savage.

The Quarto Group Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Structure

July 25, 2016

LONDON, 20 July 2016 – The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the following Leadership appointments, effective from 1 January 2017 and reporting to Marcus E. Leaver, Chief Executive Officer of The Quarto Group:

Ken Fund, currently President & CEO, Quarto Publishing Group USA, will become Chief Operating Officer of The Quarto Group.

In this new global role, Ken will lead the company’s commercial management. In addition to leading global Publishing Operations and global IT infrastructure and systems, Ken will now lead the Sales teams and be tasked with exploring new distribution channels and markets.

Ken has over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry and has been a successful, trusted and respected leader of Quarto for over 15 years. Prior to joining Quarto, Ken held several leadership positions at Dino DeLaurentiis Productions, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins San Francisco. Ken is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University.

David Breuer, currently Director, Quarto International Co-editions Group, will become Chief Creative Officer of The Quarto Group.
In this new global role, David will lead the creative management of the business.

David joined Quarto in 2011. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked for the art publishers Phaidon Press and with André Deutsch. He was Managing Director of the art publishers and bookshop chain Zwemmer, Commercial Director for the Royal Pavilion, Art Gallery and Museums of Brighton, and was for 15 years the Chief Executive of Royal Academy Enterprises organizing the business activities of London's Royal Academy of Arts. He is also the founder of Iqon Editions.

David Inman, currently Managing Director, Quarto Publishing Group UK will become Managing Director, Quarto Partners.

In this newly created role, David will manage our new entrepreneurial business, Quarto Partners. He will have ownership of Quarto’s distribution services across the US and the UK, with an objective to develop further distribution and partnership agreements. He will also manage Quarto’s international joint ventures and look for opportunities for growth around the world, in both English and foreign language. 

David first joined Quarto as Sales and Marketing Director in 2009 before returning as Managing Director of Quarto Publishing Group UK in 2013, following a period with Templar Publishing. A graduate of Cambridge University, David began his career with Macmillan Publishers. In 1990, he co-founded TV tie-in publisher Boxtree which grew from a start-up company to an £8 million business, prior to its later acquisition by Macmillan. He then held several senior management positions with Hachette Illustrated in Paris and Octopus Publishing.

Quarto Foreign Rights, People and Communications will continue to report to CEO Marcus Leaver.

Marcus E. Leaver, CEO of The Quarto Group, commented: "Ken, David and David have been trusted senior leaders of Quarto for many years and I have every faith in them to make these new roles a success. These changes all support the next chapter of Quarto’s story, which we will fully unveil later this year.


For Further Information
Dorothée de Montgolfier
Group Director of Communications
020 7700 9002

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Quarto creates and owns proprietary content, publishing books from a diverse portfolio of imprints that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest.

Quarto sells books across 45 countries and in 35 languages through a variety of traditional and non-traditional channels, while constantly looking for new ways to create and deliver content that people need.

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Two Quarto UK Titles Nominated for Food & Drink Awards

April 12, 2016

The Book of Tea (Jacqui Small) and Good Things to Drink with Mr. Lyan and Friends (Frances Lincoln) have been shortlisted for the 2016 Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink book awards.

The Book of Tea has been nominated in the Drink Book category, while Good Things to Drink with Mr. Lyan and Friends received its nomination for Debut Drink Book. Winners will be announced May 12.

Now in their fourth year, the annual Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards celebrate the best writing, publishing and broadcasting on the subjects of food and drink. There are 14 categories and an independent panel of professional judges, led by Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, selects the winners from work published or broadcast during 2015.

The winner in each category receives a unique trophy, an iconic Fortnum & Mason hamper and a bottle of Fortnum & Mason Vintage Champagne.