Jan Wong, Vikram Vij shortlisted for Taste Canada Awards

The Taste Canada Awards honour the best culinary writing in Canada.
Jan Wong and Vikram Vij are shortlisted in the culinary narratives category of the 2018 Taste Canada Awards. (Photos from Jan Wong's website/CBC)

The Taste Canada Awards, which annually celebrate the best food writing in the country, have announced the narrative nonfiction books and cookbooks that comprise their 2018 shortlists.

In each category, a gold and silver medal winner will be chosen by a jury of Canadian culinary professionals and revealed on Oct. 29, 2018 at an event in Toronto.

Journalist Jan Wong is nominated in the culinary narratives, English-language, category for her book Apron Stringswhich chronicles her exploration of home cooking in France, Italy and China with her son.

Chef and former Dragon's Den castmember Vikram Vij is shortlisted in the same category for his memoir Vij: A Chef's One-Way Ticket to Canada with Indian Spices in His Suitcase. The book chronicles Vij's career and the challenges he faced starting a successful restaurant in a new country. 

Other books in the culinary narratives category include:

  • Catherine Parr Traill's The Female Emigrant's Guide: Cooking With a Canadian Classic by Nathalie Cook and Fiona Lucas
  • 9000 Years of Wine: A World History by Rod Phillips
  • Icon: Flagship Wines from British Columbia's Best Wineries by John Schreiner.

Toronto chef and Food Network regular Lynn Crawford is a finalist in the general cookbooks, English-language, category for Farm to Chef: Cooking Through the Seasons. The book compiles 140 recipes, focusing on dishes made for seasonal cooking.

Crawford's fellow finalists on the shortlist include:

  • It All Begins With Food by Leah Garrard- Cole
  • The School Year Survival Cookbook by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh
  • Eat Delicious by Dennis Prescott
  • The Simple Bites Kitchen by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque.

Under the regional/cultural cookbooks, English-language, category, chef David Wolfman makes an appearance for his Indigenous fusion cookbook Cooking with the Wolfmanwritten with Marlene Finn.

Other cookbooks in the regional/cultural cookbooks category include:

  • Feast by Lindsay Anderson and Dana VanVeller
  • The Okanagan Table by Rod Butters
  •  Pantry and Palate: Remembering and Rediscovering Acadian Food by Simon Thibault
  • Dutch Feast by Emily Wight.
Cookbooks by Lynn Crawford and David Wolfman are in the running for 2018 Taste Canada Awards. (Frantic Films/David Wolfman)

The shortlist for single-subject, English-language, cookbooks includes:

  • Canadian Living: The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by Canadian Living Test Kitchen
  • Cooking With Cocktails by Kristy Gardner
  • The Soup Sisters Family Cookbook by Sharon Hapton and Gwendolyn Richards
  • All the Sweet Things: Baked Good and Stories from the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean by Renée Kohlmann
  • The Preservatory: Seasonally Inspired Recipes for Creating and Cooking with Artisanal Preserves by Lee Murphy

The shortlist for health and special diet, English-language, cookbooks includes:

  • Naturally Nourished: Healthy Delicious Meals Made with Everyday Ingredients by Sarah Britton
  • Superfoods Memory by Elisabeth Cerqueira and Marise Charron
  • Yum & Yummer: Ridiculously Tasty Recipes That'll Blow Your Mind, But Not Your Diet! by Greta Podleski
  • Honest to Goodness by Christine Tizzard
  • The First Mess Cookbook by Laura Wright

To read about the cooking blogs and French-language cookbooks shortlisted, visit the Taste Canada Awards website.


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