The winners of the 2016 Taste Canada Awards – the only prize to recognize excellence in Canadian English- and French-language food writing – were honoured at a ceremony at Toronto’s Arcadian Court on Nov. 14, in front of the largest crowd in the event’s 19-year history.
This year marked several changes for the awards. For the first time, the shortlists were increased to five titles per category, and silver awards were presented.
The following English-language winners were selected from 148 total submissions:
- GOLD: Lindy Mechefske, Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister (Goose Lane Editions)
- SILVER: Jeffrey Alford, Chicken in the Mango Tree: Food and Life in a Thai-Khmer Village (Douglas & McIntyre)
- GOLD: Canadian Living Test Kitchen, Canadian Living: The Ultimate Cookbook (Les Éditions de l’Homme)
- SILVER: Tara O’Brady, Seven Spoons: My Favorite Recipes for Any and Every Day (Appetite by Random House)
- GOLD: Susan Musgrave, Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World (Whitecap Books)
- SILVER: Noorbau Nimji and Karen Anderson, A Spicy Touch: Family Favourites from Noorbanu Nimji’s Kitchen (A Spicy Touch Publishing Canada)
- GOLD: Jane Mundy, The Ocean Wise Cookbook 2: More Seafood Recipes That Are Good for the Planet (Whitecap)
- SILVER: Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum, Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails (Appetite)
Health and Special Diet Cookbooks
- GOLD: Meghan Telpner, The UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life (Appetite)
- SILVER: Mary Jo Eustace, Scared Wheatless: Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes That Won’t Make You Lose Your Mind (Whitecap)
- GOLD: Shira McDermott‚ In Pursuit of More inpursuitofmore.com
The association also named passionate Quebec food journalist Julian Armstrong, who has been writing about the province’s culinary scene for more than 50 years, to its Hall of Fame. James Barber, the cookbook writer and TV personality best known as the Urban Peasant, was posthumously inducted.
This year’s French-language winners are available here.