In 2013, Taste Canada — The Food Writing Awards will honour one book in each of the following categories, both in English and in French:
Individual Award Categories
A Gold Award will be given in each category for both English- and French-language books.
General Cookbooks / Livres de Cuisine Générale
The award is given to the best cookbook, written by a Canadian author (or authors), which covers a general range of topics, offering a variety of options to the Canadian cook. Single-subject cookbooks are not included in this category, but in the Single-Subject Cookbooks category (see below).
Single-Subject Cookbooks / Livres de Cuisine Sujet Unique
The award is given to the best cookbook written by a Canadian author (or authors), which features a single topic in the Canadian culinary world. This category may include books about a specific food, beverage, cooking method, meal, or health issue, and/or target a very specific audience, such as cookbooks written by professional chefs for professional chefs. This category does not include regional/cultural cooking (see below).
Regional/Cultural Cookbooks / Livres de Cuisine Régionale/Culturelle
The award is given to the best cookbook written by a Canadian author (or authors), which best exemplifies the cooking of a specific terroir or region in Canada, or, the cooking of a specific ethnic group (in terms of race, nationality, or religious heritage) in Canada or around the world.
Culinary Narratives / Narrations Culinaires
The award is given to the best food- or beverage-related narrative written by a Canadian author (or authors). This category may include books exploring culinary history, politics, social awareness, memoir or biography, and may include some representative recipes. In this category, however, recipes (if any) will not be tested. In most cases, the overall style of the book will be narrative, but reference texts will be included in this category as well. The topic or theme need not be Canadian.