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BC foodie memoir up for award

June 07th, 2023

Gabriola Island’s Margot Fedoruk (at right) has been shortlisted for the 2023 Taste Canada Awards in the Culinary Narrative category.

Fedoruk’s offbeat memoir, Cooking Tips for Desperate Fishwives (Heritage House $22.95) chronicles the unpredictable life of a young wife and mother on a tiny BC island after leaving her volatile family in Winnipeg. It is part love story, part survival story, and part meditation on family dysfunction.

True to its title, Cooking Tips is a memoir infused with recipes, from the hearty Jewish and Eastern European fare of Margot’s childhood to more adventurous coastal BC cuisine. Although Fedoruk’s major focus is on the memoir section, the recipes she included were delicious and creative enough for the Taste Canada Awards, and ranged from old favourites like vegetarian lasagna and blintzes to clam chowder and baked oysters. Also, as Fedoruk is an artisanal soap maker, she included a recipe for homemade soap too.

Margot Fedoruk is a writer, book reviewer, and entrepreneur, whose work has been published in the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, BC BookWorld, The British Columbia Review and Portal. She holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg and a BA from Vancouver Island University where she majored in Creative Writing. She was awarded the Barry Broadfoot Award for creative nonfiction and journalism and a Meadowlarks Award for fiction, both from Vancouver Island University.

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