Toronto retailer the Cookbook Store, which closed earlier this spring after 31 years in business, received a special tribute at last night’s Taste Canada food-writing awards ceremony.
Rose Murray, who, in 1983, was the first author to have a book signing at the downtown shop, praised its staff for giving Torontonians an opportunity to meet culinary idols such as Julia Child, Martha Stewart, and Anthony Bourdain. She also commended the store for becoming “an important part of Canadian cookbook writing,” and for “never neglecting Canadian authors.”
Store owner Josh Josephson and long-time manager Alison Fryer received a standing ovation as they took the stage, with Fryer joking that it was “an odd experience to not have to schlep boxes of books.”
After the awards presentation hosted by Quebec cooking celebrity Ricardo Larrivée, Taste Canada national chair Karen Gelbart revealed that next year’s prizes will include a best food blog category, in partnership with the networking organization Food Bloggers of Canada. Gelbart also announced she is stepping down, to be replaced by Donna Dooher, owner of Toronto restaurant Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.
The winners of the 2014 Taste Canada awards are:
The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis (Random House Canada)
Culinary Narratives (French)
Les saveurs gastronomiques de la bière, David Lévesque Gendron and Martin Thibault (Éditions Druide)
The Flavour Principle: Enticing Your Senses with Food and Drink, Lucy Waverman and Beppi Crosariol (HarperCollins Canada)
General Cookbooks (French)
Dans la cuisine de Danny St-Pierre, Danny St-Pierre (Les Éditions la Presse)
Toronto Star Cookbook: More than 150 Diverse and Delicious Recipes Celebrating Ontario, Jennifer Bain (Appetite by Random House)
Gastro Grilling: Fired-up Recipes to Grill Great Everyday Meals, Ted Reader (Penguin Canada)
Single-Subject Cookbooks (French)
Les Règles d’or des épices, recettes et récits de Ethné et Philippe de Vienne, chasseurs d’épices, Philippe de Vienne and Ethné de Vienne (Éditions du Trécarré)