Taste Canada Food Writing Awards Shortlist: ABCC “gems”

by Carol Devine on August 06, 2014

We are honoured to be in fantastic company in the Taste Canada 2014 Culinary Narrative category. Awards October 20, Toronto.

“Appealing recipes and beautiful food images, photos from the trip and historical pictures rounded out the book.” “Came back to this book repeatedly, finding little gems I missed . . . and I’m still going back for more.” – The jury

Lena's Cabbage Pie image Sandy Nicholson

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards 2014

Announcement of Short Lists

August 5, 2014Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards drew 59 submissions this year, an eclectic collection of everything culinary from the Antarctic to Alice in Wonderland.  The winners will be announced, together with the names of the jurors, at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, 20th October, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

Taste Canada is delighted to announce that Gusto TV (gustotv.com), Canada’s new Food & Lifestyle channel, has joined the 2014 awards as the Presenting Sponsor and exclusive Media Partner. Gusto TV will offer exposure of the awards to a television audience of more than 4 million households across Canada. Gusto’s digital and social media platforms will also feature profiles of individual books, authors and recipes, as well as media coverage of the awards and winners.

Taste Canada—The Food Writing Awards is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 that recognizes and celebrates superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French. The Taste Canada Awards are the highest honour for food writing in the country. Presented in Toronto each fall, these awards are a unique cultural, social and gastronomic highlight.

This year the Gala and Fundraiser will be held at Oliver & Bonacini’s  Arcadian Court, on October 20th. Tickets will go on sale in September. For more information, please visit www.TasteCanada.org.

The short lists in award category:

Culinary Narratives/Narrations Culinaires

The New Cider Maker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for Craft Producers.

Jolicoeur, Claude.  Chelsea Green Publishing. Author Claude Jolicoeur is an internationally known, award-winning cider maker with an inquiring, scientific mind. His book combines the best of traditional knowledge and techniques with up-to-date, scientifically based practices to provide today’s cider makers with all the tools they need to produce high-quality ciders.

The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement.  Saul, Nick and Andrea Curtis.  Random House Canada.

In telling the remarkable story of The Stop’s transformation, Saul and Curtis argue that we need a new politics of food, one in which everyone has a dignified, healthy place at the table. By turns funny, sad and raw, The Stop is a timely story about overcoming obstacles, challenging sacred cows and creating lasting change

The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning.  Trusler, Wendy and Carol Devine.  Vauve Press.  The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is a journey through that austral summer—the story of a Russian-Canadian clean-up project on a small island 120 miles off the Antarctic Peninsula. But it’s also a look at the challenges of cooking in a makeshift kitchen.


Wild Culture magazine: 3 part series on ABCC- navigating the edge

by Carol Devine on June 30, 2014

The Journal of Wild Culture is a new online magazine that focuses on the broad and fertile intersection between culture and the environment. The Journal is published by the Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture, an arts and ecology organization founded by Whitney Smith in 1986 by multi-disciplinary artist Whitney Smith.

Part 1: The first in a three-part series on a project that asks the questions: What is Antarctica to us, and what we can be to it? A new book about the project weaves historic and contemporary photographs, recipes and daily reports in a polar journal style. At the heart of it is the story of the food.

Part 2 in our 3-part series on traveling to a faraway continent where the simplest acts — social and environmental — get edgy fast.

Part 3 or our 3-part series on a new book, The Antarctic Book of Cooking & Cleaning. An engaging chef and artist speaks intimately about food and cooking in a very desolate place.

Many thanks Whitney Smith and Wild Culture team.

Tidying up for dinner, way down south, Wild Culture June 2014 part 1

ps see below for Get Involved list Carol created for this article series.

GET INVOLVED in Antarctic and global wilderness environment polar ocean and cultural protection outreach and education:

• Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

• Antarctic Ocean Alliance

• 2041 — “Informing, engaging and inspiring the next generation of leaders to take responsibility, be sustainable, and know that now is the time for action in policy development, sustainable business generation and future technologies. In the year 2041 the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty <http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/about_antarctica/geopolitical/treaty/update_… could potentially be modified or amended. Our aim is to work towards the continuing protection of the Antarctic Treaty so that the last great wilderness on earth is never exploited.”

• Cape Farewell — The Cultural response to Climate Change

• WWF Antarctic teachers resources

• WWF Arctic

• International Polar Foundation

• EducaPoles — The educational website of the International Polar Foundation

• Greenpeace Protecting Antarctica — The heart of the ocean

• Directory of Environmental Organizations, jobs, volunteer work, government and non-government in Canada

• Cultural Survival partnering with Indigenous peoples to defend their lands, languages and cultures

• SCAR — The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, is a committee of ICSU, the International Council for Science, <http://www.icsu.org>  and it is charged with the initiation, promotion and co-ordination of scientific research in Antarctica. SCAR also provides international, independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty <http://www.scar.org/treaty/>  system and other bodies

• Marine Conservation Organizations