The baking bible Ladies, A Plate continued its success when it picked up the supreme Nielsen Award for Best Book at last night’s PANZ Book Design Awards. Designed by Alan Deare from Inhouse Design, it also won the Best Illustrated category of the awards. ‘It isn’t particularly flashy, nor particularly “designer”. It is just right, and a deserved winner,’ said Peter Gilderdale, the 2009 Convenor of Judges. He described Ladies, A Plate as a beautiful cookbook that also invites easy and continual use, and stressed that ‘the cover is a superb evocation of the tradition of home baking, yet … it turns the nostalgia crisp and contemporary’.