Individual Award Categories
A Gold and Silver 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 and Health and Special Diet-related cookbooks are not included in this category, but in the Single-Subject Cookbooks category or Health and Special Diet 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 culinary world. This category may include books about a specific food, beverage, cooking method, meal 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 or books related to health and special diets (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, all relating to food, 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.
Health and Special Diet Cookbooks/livre de cuisine Santé et Diète Particulière
The award is given to the best cookbook written by a Canadian author (or authors), which features a topic related to health and/or special diets and includes at least 50% of the book dedicated to recipes. This category may include books addressing a specific health issue through food, a specific nutrition concept or overall nutrition focus, a cooking method/style to address a health issue and/or target a specific special diet related to a health issue and/or lifestyle.