BC Cookbooks and Cookbook Authors Making History in TASTE Canada Cookbook Awards

TASTE Canada is a national not-for-profit that aims to inspire readers to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.[i]  Each year they host the Canada’s Cookbook Awards: A champion of Canadian cookbook authors. Awards are given in the following categories:

  • Culinary Narratives – a food- or beverage-related narrative written by a Canadian author (or authors) that is not primarily a recipe book. This category may include books exploring culinary history, politics, social awareness, memoir or biography, all relating to food, and may include some representative recipes.
  • General Cookbookscookbook, written by a Canadian author (or authors), which covers a general range of topics, offering a variety of options to the Canadian cook.
  • Regional / Cultural Cookbooks – best cookbook written by a Canadian author (or authors), which best exemplifies the cooking of a specific terroir or region in Canada, or, the cooking of a specific ethnic group (in terms of race, nationality, or religious heritage) in Canada or around the world.
  • Single-Subject Cookbooks – cookbook featuring a single topic in the culinary world and includes books about a specific food, beverage, cooking method, meal and/or target a very specific audience.
  • Health and Special Diet Cookbooks – features a topic related to health and/or special diets and includes at least 50% of the book dedicated to recipes.

Since its inception in 2000, British Columbians have been making food history.  Here is a list of all the past winners about the province of British Columbia and/or by BC authors[ii]:


Year Category Title Rank
2000 General Cookbooks John Bishop Cooking at My House (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver) Bronze
2001 Canadian Culinary Culture Diane Clement’s Zest for Life (Raincoast Books, Vancouver) Bronze
2002 General Rebar Modern food cookbook by Audrey Alsterberg and Wanda Urbanowicz (Big Ideas Publishing Inc, Victoria, B.C.) Silver
2004 Special Interest British Columbia Wine Country by John Schreiner (Whitecap Books Ltd., Vancouver) Silver
2004 Canadian Culture An Edible Journey: Exploring the Islands’ Fine Food, Farms and Vineyards by Elizabeth Levinson (TouchWood Editions Ltd., Victoria , British Columbia) Gold

(also Bronze in Special Interest)

2004 General Chef’s Salad by Bill Jones (Whitecap Books Ltd., Vancouver) Bronze
2006 Special Interest Laughing with My Mouth Full: Tales from a Gulf Islands Kitchen by Pam Freir (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, Toronto) Gold
2006 Canadian Culinary Culture Chow: From China to Canada; Memories of Food + Family  by Janice Wong (Whitecap Books, Vancouver) Gold
2006 General Cookbooks DiscCookery by Jurgen Gothe (Whitecap Books, Vancouver) Silver
2007 General Cookbooks Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine by Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala (Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., Vancouver) Gold
2008 Canadian Culinary Culture Menus from an Orchard Table: Celebrating the Food and Wine of the Okanagan by Heidi Noble (Whitecap Books Ltd., North Vancouver) Silver
2008 Special Interest The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon (Random House Canada, Toronto) Silver


2008 General Fresh: Seasonal Recipes Made with Local Foods by John Bishop and Dennis Green (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver) Gold
2010 Culinary Narratives Vancouver Cooks 2  by Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia (Douglas and McIntyre Publishers, Vancouver) Gold
2011 General Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey by Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver) Silver
2013 Culinary Narratives French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too) by Karen Le Billon (Harper Collins Publishers). Gold
2013 Single-Subject Cookbooks The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood80+ Recipes by Hanna, Sharon. (Harbour Publishing) Gold
2015 Regional / Cultural Cookbooks The SoBo Cookbook: Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road, by Lisa Ahier and Andrew Morrison (Appetite by Random House, Vancouver) Gold
2016 Regional / Cultural Cookbooks A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World, by Susan Musgrave (Whitecap Books, Vancouver) Gold
2015 Single Subject Cookbooks The Ocean Wise Cookbook 2: More Seafood Recipes That Are Good for the Planet, by Jane Munday, Vancouver Aquarium (Whitecap Books, Vancouver) Gold
2017 Culinary Narratives  Food Artisans of the Okanagan. By Jennifer Cockrall-King. (TouchWood Editions, Victoria) Gold
2017 General Earls The Cookbook: Eat a Little, Eat a Lot. 110 of Your Favourite Recipes, by Jim Southerland (Appetite by Random House, Vancouver) Silver
2018 Regional/Cultural Cookbooks The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking, by Rod Butters.  (Figure 1, Vancouver) Silver
2018 Culinary Narratives Vij. By Vij Vikram. (Penguin Canada, Toronto) Gold


For the 2019 TASTE awards two Cookbooks  with BC connections are on the Shortlist:

Cover of Seven Saesons on Stowel Lake Farm cookbook. Shortlisted for TASTE Canada award

Seven Seasons on Stowel Lake Farm – cover


Seven Seasons on Stowel Lake Farm: Stories and Recipes that Nourish Community by Jennifer Lloyd-Karr, Elizabeth Young, Lisa Lloyd and Haidee Hart, Page Two Strategies/Raincoast Books, Richmond

Told through the voices of four women at the heart of a stunning sustainable organic farm located on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Seven Seasons on Stowel Lake Farm is a multi-layered, evocative exploration of life on a sustainable organic farm. From harvest dinners to Thursday work parties, looking after free-range children to handling the summer hay bailing, planting early seeds to celebrating the New Year, each experience offers a meaningful celebration of people working and living together on the land.





Cover of Wickaninnish Cookbook

Wickaninnish Cookbook is shortlisted for Taste Canada Award.

The Wickaninnish Cookbook by Joanne Sasvari, Appetite by Random House, Vancouver

Perched between the majestic old-growth forests of Tofino and the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, is the Wickaninnish Inn. Memorable recipes from the restaurant are coupled with signature recipes from current and former chefs combine cutting edge techniques with fresh, seasonal ingredients, to create a distinctly contemporary, west coast cookbook.








The winners will be announced at the 2019 Taste Canada Awards Gala held at the historic Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on Sun, Oct 27, 2019.

[i] https://tastecanada.org/

[ii] Summarized from https://tastecanada.org/winners/