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Jamie Kennedy, Julian Armstrong, Jennifer McLagan, and Laura Calder among Taste Canada finalists

Grapefruit tart from Jennifer McLagan's Bitter (photo: Aya Brackett)

Grapefruit tart from Jennifer McLagan’s Bitter (photo: Aya Brackett)

High-profile culinary personalities and Big Five publishers dominate this year’s Taste Canada food-writing award shortlists.

Chefs Jamie Kennedy, Michael Smith, and Jennifer McLagan are among the English-language finalists, with publisher HarperCollins Canada receiving six nominations.

The winners will be announced Sept. 21 at a ceremony held at Toronto’s Arcadian Court.

The shortlists in the English-language cookbook categories are:

Culinary Narratives
Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer…Even More, Mirella Amato (Appetite by Random House)

Getting to Yum: The 7 Secrets of Raising Eager Eaters, Karen Le Billon (HarperCollins Canada)

Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling the Rituals, Traditions, and Food of the Hutterite Culture, Mary-Ann Kirkby (Penguin Canada)

General Cookbooks
Family Meals: 100 Easy Everyday Recipes, Michael Smith (Penguin Canada Books)

Gatherings: Bringing People Together With Food, Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal (Whitecap Books)

J.K.: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook, Jamie Kennedy and Ivy Knight (HarperCollins Canada)

Regional/Cultural Cookbooks
Made in Quebec: A Culinary Journey, Julian Armstrong (HarperCollins Canada)

Paris Express: Simple Food from the City of Style, Laura Calder (HarperCollins Canada)

The SoBo Cookbook: Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road, Lisa Ahier and Andrew Morrison (Appetite by Random House)

Single-Subject Cookbooks
Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes, Jennifer McLagan (HarperCollins Canada)

Duchess Bake Shop Cookbook, Giselle Courteau (Duchess Bake Shop)

The Everyday Squash Cook: The Most Versatile & Affordable Superfood, Rob Firing, Ivy Knight, and Kerry Knight (HarperCollins Canada)