Taste Canada—The Food Writing Awards 2013 Announcement of Winners

By on November 5, 2013

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards drew 64 submissions this year, a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing.  The winners were announced at the well-attended Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on the 4th November at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, hosted by Stefano Faita of CBC TV’s In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita.


French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too). Le Billon, Karen. Harper Collins Publishers.

 “The research is impressive.” “Timely and relevant for a whole new generation of parents;” “Delightful to read” – The jury


Canada's Favourite Recipes.  Murray, Rose and Baird, Elizabeth. Whitecap Books.

“Recipes cover a broad-enough range of topics to keep the home cook riveted for some time;” “It covers everything you might ever want to cook, bake, preserve or sip and it reads in places like a diary.” – The jury

View a recipe –  An Excellent Chicken Pot Pie 



Burma: Rivers of Flavor.   Duguid, Naomi.  Random  House of Canada. 

“A very in-depth cookbook that reflects a lot of research and time spent with locals;” “I have confidence in the authenticity of the information, recipes and ingredients.” – The jury

View a recipe: Kachin Pounded Beef with Herbs


The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood; 80+ Recipes. Hanna, Sharon.

 “It has real personality and charm and the overall results are delicious.” “The book has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.” – The jury

Cabane à sucre Au pied de Cochon: Le sirop d'erable. Picard. Martin. Restaurant Au pied de cochon.

“Brillant et original. Un thème qui est évidemment très proche du cœur des Canadiens;” “C'est un livre d'art”- Le jury


The Taste Canada/CBC People’s Choice Award was run as a contest at cbc.ca/books for three weeks, and offered the public a chance to vote for their favourite book on the Taste Canada shortlist, and win great prizes, including kitchen equipment from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, and cookbooks.   Thousands of entries later, The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Mairlyn Smith, ed. and the Ontario Home Economics Association was announced as this year’s winner by Gill Deacon of CBC Radio’s Here and Now.


ELIZABETH BAIRD:  Elizabeth Baird’s distinguished career in food began with an invitation from publisher James Lorimer to write a book about Canadian cooking.  Classic Canadian Cooking, published in 1974, was her entrée into food writing.  She went on to work at various newspapers, but it was her work as food editor of Canadian Living Magazine – for 20 years – that truly made her a household name.  Along with magazines, there were other opportunities in radio and television – especially Canadian Living Cooks on the Food Network.  And then there were cookbooks, over 30 of them in all, most notably The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook. Elizabeth is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Founder’s Award from Cuisine Canada, a National Magazine Award, a Silver Ladle from the Toronto Culinary Guild, and she was also named the Women’s Culinary Network’s Woman of the Year. Most recently, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. 

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