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Jennifer, Clemens Mill | September 1, 2019

What is the taste of Canada? Blueberry pancakes with maple syrup and Peameal Bacon? Poutine? Tourtiére? Butter Tarts? Canada is famous for a lot of great food, and because our beautiful country is so diverse, our list of food that tastes like Canada keeps growing, and becoming more and more interesting.

The Taste Canada Awards, a not-for-profit organization, has been championing Canadian cookbooks and their authors for over two decades. These awards inspire and encourage readers around the world to discover new cookbooks with delicious recipes and diverse food stories from a Canadian perspective.

Since 1998, Taste Canada has presented awards to the best in Canadian cookbooks. This year’s awards will be presented at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto on October 27th. This Gala brings together stakeholders from all walks of life—writers, publishers, chefs, farmers, food bloggers, and cookbook fans in celebration of the art of food writing and recognizing that “food connects us all.”

Over the years, cookbooks have become not only informative reference books, but also beautiful works of art, with colourful pictures and personal anecdotes that inspire us on what to cook for our families.

This year’s list features several Vegan cookbooks, such as Mindful Vegan Meals and Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics. If you are more of a carnivore, there are also books for you, such as Steak Revolution or Joe Beef. If you like fish, try The Great Shellfish Cookbook or Off the Hook. Regional cookbooks include Vegetarian Viet Nam, Bottom of the Pot: Persian recipes, and In the French Kitchen with Kids. And for dessert we have Sweet Bake Shop: Delightful Desserts for the Sweetest of Occasions.

Have a look at our collection of the shortlisted books that we have available for your reading pleasure at Idea Exchange. Take one home and try out some of the recipes, and enjoy a taste of Canada!

Taste Canada Awards 2019--Winners

The winners of the Taste Canada Awards were announced in October. Here is a list of the winning books that are available for you to borrow at Idea Exchange:

Culinary Narrative—Silver Award—Niki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix: 224 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden and Add Variety, Flavor, and Fun by Niki Jabbour.

General Cookbooks—Gold Award—Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse, Another Cookbook of Sorts by Frederic Morin.

General Cookbooks—Silver Award—Set for the Holidays with Anna Olsen: Recipes to bring Comfort and Joy by Anna Olsen.

Regional Cookbooks— Gold Award--Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories by Naz Deravian

Regional Cookbooks—Silver Award—Vegetarian Viet Nam by Cameron Stauch.

Health and Special Diets—Gold Award—The Mindful Glow: Radiant Recipes for being the Healthiest, Happiest You by Abbey Sharp.