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Cookbooks… And Books About Cooks

If you’re looking for new cookbooks to inspire you to think outside your proverbial recipe box, check out these titles from the 2010 Canadian Culinary Book Award winners.

Each year for the past 13, Cuisine Canada, a food writers’ association, has presented awards to food writers and cookbook authors in six categories – English Special Interest, Canadian Culture, Cookbook categories and three of same in French. The awards are presented opening day of the Royal Agricultural Fair in Toronto.

Winning books in the English language category 2010 includedSave the Deli: In Search of Perfect Pastrami, Crusty Rye, and the Heart of the Jewish Delicatessen (David Sax), about the history of the deli and deli foods;How to Design, Build, Stock and Manage Your Wine Cellar Wherever You Live(Tony Aspler), andChefs’ Table Society of British Columbia, Vancouver Cooks2, (Douglas and McIntyre Publishers). This is a West Coast-oriented book of well-tested recipes for home cooks. Another winning book wasWhat’s to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History(Nathalie Cooke, editor) that explores Canadian food history and Canadian food culture’s multiple origins. The prizewinning cookbooks includedFrench Taste: Elegant Everyday Eating,(Laura Calder) andFresh with Anna Olson: Seasonally Inspired Recipes to Share with Family and Friends,(Anna Olsen).

Two others books selected for hall of fame recognition at the awards ceremony, you might enjoy are A Century of Canadian Home Cooking: 1900 Through the ’90sby Carol Ferguson and Margaret Fraser, and Kate Aitken’s Canadian Cook Book.Ask your local library to do an inter-library loan search for these books. Happy reading…. and cooking!

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