West Coast flavours dominate the 2020 Taste Canada Awards shortlist

Chop Suey Nation

2020, a year for home cooks. In its 23rd year, the Taste Canada Awards unveils its shortlist of cookbooks competing for a coveted culinary writing award as well as the virtual gala hosts. Eighty-six cookbooks entered the competition, featuring authors from seven provinces. The shortlist narrowed the competition to five entries per category, featuring authors from six provinces.

British Columbia’s notorious food scene takes a lead with 15 nominations from B.C. publisher titles. View the nominees below, and the full 2020 Taste Canada shortlist here.


Culinary Narratives:

Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui (Douglas & McIntyre)

Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada's ...


Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island by Jon Stott (TouchWood Editions)

Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island ...


General Cookbooks:

Duchess at Home by Giselle Courteau (Appetite by Random House)

Duchess at Home 電子書,分類依據Giselle Courteau - 9780525610335 ...


Gather: A Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson and Kerry Gold (Figure 1 Publishing)

David Robertson's tarte Tatin | Eat North


Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin (Appetite by Random House)

Let Me Feed You: Everyday Recipes Offering the Comfort of Home ...


Regional/Cultural Cookbooks:

Burdock & Co by Andrea Carlson (Appetite by Random House)

Burdock & Co by Andrea Carlson - Penguin Books Australia


Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus. (TouchWood Editions)

Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field ...


Coconut Lagoon: Recipes from a South Indian Kitchen by Joe Thottungal and Anne DesBrisay (Figure 1 Publishing)

Coconut Lagoon: Recipes from a South Indian Kitchen: Thottungal ...


Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen by Kim Thúy (Appetite by Random House)

Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many ...


Single-Subject Cookbooks:

Living High Off the Hog by Michael Olson (Appetite by Random House)

Living High Off the Hog: Over 100 Recipes and Techniques to Cook ...


Modern Lunch by Allison Day (Appetite by Random House)

Modern Lunch: +100 Recipes for Assembling the New Midday Meal: Day ...


Vegetables First by Ricardo Larrivée (Appetite by Random House)

Vegetables First: 120 Vibrant Vegetable-Forward Recipes: Larrivee ...


Health and Special Diet Cookbooks:

Peace, Love and Fibre by Mairlyn Smith (Appetite by Random House)

Peace, Love and Fibre: Over 100 Fibre-Rich Recipes for the Whole ...


The Living Kitchen by Tamara Green and Sarah Grossman, (Appetite by Random House)

The Living Kitchen: Healing Recipes to Support Your Body During ...


The Long Table Cook Book, Plant-Based Recipes for Optimal Health by Amy Symington (Douglas & McIntyre)

The Long Table Cookbook: Plant-based Recipes for Optimal Health ...


Top 10 tips for B.C. book lovers for Victoria Day long weekend

Make a win-win decision: Read Local BC, get discounts and delivery! BC’s book publishers and distributors have you covered from poetry to bestselling cookbooks. These are top 10 tips for BC book lovers so you can read your way through Victoria long weekend.

1. Arsenal Pulp Press is currently offering 25% off all in-print titles plus free shipping for orders over $50 (promotional code STAYSAFE)

2. Talonbooks is offering 25% off all books on their website from now until June 1

3. Orca Book Publishers is running a Giveaway for Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health by Melanie Siebert until midnight PDT May 10.

4. Rebel Mountain Press is offering 30-50% off select titles.

5. Royal BC Museum Publishing is offering a 30% discount and reduced shipping on Spirits of the Coast: Orcas in Science, Art and History through May 17, 2020 in their Publications Shop using promo code SPIRITS30

6. The Royal BC Museum Foundation Shop is offering 20% off site wide for the month of May (note that this cannot be combined with the Sprits of the Coast offer)

7. UBC Press has 20% off of all print books and 30% off of all e-books at When ordering print books, use the discount code “CabinFever” at the checkout, and for e-books, “Housebound.” Learn more.

8. Get 30% off everything in Anvil Press‘s online bookstore. They’re shipping twice a week!

9. Greystone Books is donating 25% of website sales to local independent booksellers. Customers can enter the name of their local bookstore at checkout.

10. Heritage House Publishing, Rocky Mountain Books, and TouchWood Editions, along with their distributor, Heritage Group Distribution, are extending a helping hand to independent bookstores while they experience challenges due to COVID-19 by offering them an extra 20% off their invoices until stores are able to reopen.

Thanks to ABPBC for the hot tip in their Read Local BC at home newsletter! Check out the map of Canadian Indie Bookstores Who Deliver, created by Don Gorman, publisher of Rocky Mountain.