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B.C. Foodies

June 24th, 2021

Now in its 24th year, the Taste Canada Awards single out some of the best cookbook authors in Canada. This year’s recently announced shortlist includes several books from B.C. publishers and authors:

Culinary Narratives  

Flat Out Delicious: Your Definitive Guide to Saskatchewan’s Food Artisans by Jenn Sharp (TouchWood)

The Kitchen: A Journey Through History in Search of the Perfect Design by John Ota (Appetite by Random House)

General Cookbooks

Flavorbomb: A Rogue Guide to Making Everything Taste Better by Bob Blumer (Appetite by Random House)

Hawksworth: The Cookbook by David Hawksworth, Jacob Richler and Stéphanie Nöel (Appetite by Random House)

Mandy’s Gourmet Salads: Recipes for Lettuce and Life by Mandy Wolfe, Rebecca Wolfe and Meredith Erickson (Appetite by Random House)

Regional/Cultural Cookbooks

Bisous & Brioche: Classic French Recipes and Family Favorites from a Life in France by Laura Bradbury (pictured at top right) and Rebecca Wellman (TouchWood)

The BC Wine Lover’s Cookbook: Recipes & Stories from Wineries across British Columbia by Jennifer Schell, Appetite (Random House)

Single-Subject Cookbooks

Baking Day with Anna Olson: Recipes to Bake Together by Anna Olson (Appetite by Random House)

Cooking Meat: A Butcher’s Guide to Choosing, Buying, Cutting, Cooking, and Eating Meat by Peter Sanagan (Appetite by Random House)

You Wanna Piece of Me? More Than 100 Seriously Tasty Recipes for Sweet and Savory Pies by Jenell Parsons (Appetite by Random House)

Health and Special Diet Cookbooks

The Bite Me Balance Cookbook: Wholesome Daily Eats & Delectable Occasional Treats by Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat (Appetite by Random House)


Seventy-three cookbooks were entered in this year’s competition, which featured authors from nine provinces. The shortlist narrowed the competition to 46 entries from six provinces.

The jury is comprised of volunteers from Canada’s culinary profession, appointed by an independent selection committee.

A champion of Canadian cookbooks, Taste Canada inspires and encourages readers at home and abroad to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective. Taste Canada brings together Canadian food and beverage writers, publishers, chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, industry, post-secondary culinary colleges, media and cookbook fans, recognizing that food connects us all.

Laura Bradbury (left) and Rebecca Wellman (right) co-authored “Bisous & Brioche.” Photo by Daisy Orser.

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