2012 Winners

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards drew 73 submissions this year, a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing.  The winners were announced at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception at the new Arcadian Court in Toronto on Monday, November 5, 2012.





TASTE CANADA HALL OF FAME – Celebrating the personalities who have shaped Canadian culinary writing and made a lasting contribution to our culture:

Anita Stewart has spoken, written, lobbied and organized across Canada and internationally for nearly three decades on Canadian cuisine.  Academically, Anita was the first Canadian to graduate with an M.A. in Gastronomy, and was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honouris Causa) by the University of Guelph in 2011.  She holds an honourary P.Ag. designation and a lifetime membership in the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks, and has written 14 cookbooks. Most recently, Anita Stewart has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a journalist, author and culinary activist and for her promotion of the food industry in Canada.


  • Catharine Parr Traill (1802-1899) was a true pioneer, and author of The Female Emigrant’s Guide, and Hints on Canadian Housekeeping, still useful today after more than 150 years.
  • Jeanne Anctil (1875-1926) was a teacher of household science, principal of the Ėcoles- Ménagères Provinciales in Montréal and the author of 350 Recettes de Cuisine, published in 1912, and reissued in 1915 and 1924.
  • Margo Oliver (1923-2010) is frequently referred to as Canada’s “Betty Crocker” and is perhaps, best known for her weekly columns between 1959 and 1982, as food editor of Weekend Magazine and its successor, Today.

Karen Gelbart, National Chair of Taste Canada, says, “The selection and diversity of the publishing and the cuisine in this country are breathtaking. Our judges were in the unique position of spending time with each of these books — testing recipes, reading the narratives and studying the presentation — to finally decide the winners in this year’s Taste Canada Awards.  Kudos to the publishers for their forward thinking in continuing to publish works that showcase our Canadian cuisine, and many congratulations to our winners for their innovative interpretation of Canada’s food world.”

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards is an evolution of the former Canadian Culinary Book Awards, annually recognizing and celebrating superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French, and past and present.

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