The Taste Canada Awards are an annual celebration of the best cookbooks and food writing in Canada. The 2016 version was held at the Metro Convention Centre at an event hosted by the CBC’s Mary Ito. Following the gala awards ceremony, winners, nominees and guests attended a reception that featured food made by some of this country’s finest chefs.

Gold and silver awards were announced in ten categories. In addition, awards were given to the best Canadian blogger (in English and French) and the best culinary school team.

Here’s a list of the gold winners, by category:

Single Subject Cookbook, English: Mundy, Jane. The Ocean Wise Cookbook 2: More Seafood Recipes That Are Good for the Planet.

Single Subject Cookbook, French (Livres de Cuisine Sujet Unique): Vézina, Daniel. La cuisine réfléchie: Bien manger sans gaspiller.

Culinary Narratives, English: Mechefske, Lindy. Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister.

Culinary Narratives, French (Les Narrations Culinaires): Chartier, François. L’essential de Chartier.

Meghan Telpner
Best Health and Special Diet Cookbook, English: Meghan Telpner

Health and Special Diet, English: Telpner, Meghan. The UnDiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes for a Healthy and Awesome Life.

Health and Special Diet, French (Santé et Diète Particulière): Côté, Stéphanie et Philippe Grand. Nutrition Sportive: 21 jours de menus.

Regional & Cultural, English: Musgrave, Susan. Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World.

Regional & Cultural, French (Livres de Cuisine Régionale et Culturelle): Loureiro, Helena. La cuisine d’Helena: 80 recettes portugaises pour ensoleiller votre table.

General Cookbook, English: Canadian Living Test Kitchen. Canadian Living: The Ultimate Cookbook.

General Cookbook, French (Livres de Cuisine Générale): Robitaille, Josée. C’est l’hiver!

Food blog, EnglishIn Pursuit of More, Shira McDermott

Food blog, French (Blogue Culinary)The Green Life, Sophie Bourdon

Sophie Bourdon
Best blogger, French language, Sophie Bourdon

And the winner of the Taste Canada Cooks the Books competition is the team from Durham College!

Congratulation to all the winners and nominees – you all make this country proud!

Taste Canada reception
Some of the delicious treats served at the reception

Beth Pollock is a communications and content marketing expert. Working with Restaurants Canada, she has edited and published two newsletters (RC Insider and BITE); developed the RC Show website; managed social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram); and written press releases, blog stories, operational manuals, and an op-ed for the Globe & Mail. Beth is also a freelance writer who has written for a number of publications about food, travel, and children’s books, and has written over 600 posts on her personal blog, Of Muses and Meringues about recipes and her personal travels. She has published three books for children.