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Taste Canada announces shortlist for 2012 food writing awards

After wading through 73 submissions, Taste Canada has come up with a shortlist for its 2012 Food Writing Awards. This year’s list offers titles from some of the country’s biggest publishers (Penguin Canada, HarperCollins Canada) and a few of its most beloved indie presses (Arsenal Pulp Press, Whitecap Books), plus a smattering of self-published breakthrough books (The Boreal Herbal, Whitewater Cooks with Friends).

Taste Canada (formerly the Canadian Culinary Book Awards) is upping the swank factor for the awards’ 15th anniversary by moving the ceremony from the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto to the city’s Arcadian Court for a gala reception on Nov. 5. (The organization will continue to sponsor an event at the Royal this year.)

The shortlisted English-language titles are:

Culinary Narratives
Leslie Beck’s Longevity Diet, Leslie Beck (Penguin Canada)
The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North, Beverley Gray (Aroma Borealis Press)
Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World’s Best Bargain Wines, Natalie MacLean (Doubleday Canada)

General Cookbooks
Whitewater Cooks with Friends, Shelley Adams (Alicon Holdings)
Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal, Jennifer McLagan (HarperCollins Canada)
Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen, Michael Smith (Penguin Canada)

Regional/Cultural Cookbooks
The Ontario Table, Lynn Ogryzlo (Epulum Books)
Made in Italy, David Rocco (HarperCollins Canada)
Market Chronicles: Stories and Recipes from Montreals Marché Jean-Talon, Susan Semenak (Éditions Cardinal)

Single-Subject Cookbooks
Preserving, Pat Crocker (HarperCollins Canada)
We Sure Can! How Jams and Pickles are Reviving the Lure of and Lore of Local Food, Sarah B. Hood (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Spilling the Beans, Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan (Whitecap Books)

The shortlist of French-language books is available here.