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The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop one of the country’s biggest food events from taking place recently, when Taste Canada, honouring the best cookbooks written by Canadian authors, took place during a virtual awards ceremony from Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

This annual event brings together some of the finest names in the culinary world including publishers, writers, farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, industry types – and, of course, cookbook fans.

And given what this pandemic has wreaked on the food industry in general, particularly restaurants, one of the core messaging for this event is supporting those in the culinary world, particularly during these grueling times.

This year, 86 cookbooks were entered into the competition, representing authors from seven provinces. (A shortlist announced last June narrowed the competition down to a maximum of five entries per category).

A recent release listed the following:

English-Language Books

Culinary Narratives

Gold: Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui, Douglas & McIntyre, Madeira Park

Silver: Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food by Lenore Newman, ECW Press, Toronto

General Cookbooks

Gold: Let Me Feed You by Rosie Daykin, Appetite by Random House, Vancouver

Silver: Duchess at Home by Giselle Courteau, Appetite by Random House, Vancouver

Regional/Cultural Cookbooks

Gold: Coconut Lagoon: Recipes from a South Indian Kitchen by Joe Thottungal and Anne DesBrisay, Figure 1 Publishing, Vancouver

Silver: Burdock & Co by Andrea Carlson, Appetite by Random House, Vancouver

Single-Subject Cookbooks

Gold: Oven to Table: Over 100 One-Pot and One-Pan Recipes for Your Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More by Jan Scott, Penguin Canada, Toronto

Silver: Modern Lunch by Allison Day, Appetite by Random House, Vancouver

Health and Special Diet Cookbooks

Gold: Eat More Plants: Over 100 Anti-Inflammatory, Plant-Based Recipes for Vibrant Living by Desiree Nielsen, Penguin Canada, Toronto

Silver: Sprout Right Family Food: Good Nutrition and Over 130 Simple Recipes for Baby, Toddler, and the Whole Family by Lianne Phillipson, Penguin Canada, Toronto

As well, chosen by Culinary Historians of Canada, two well-known food personalities were inducted into the 2020 Taste Canada Hall of Fame: the late Norene Gilletz, also known as “Canada’s queen of kosher cuisine,” who, up until her death recently at age 79, was still writing and blogging about the Canadian food landscape. The second inductee is famous chef Stephen Yan, beloved ambassador of Chinese cooking and the first Chinese-Canadian chef to host a cooking show, Wok with Yan.

– For additional details, check out tastecanada.org .

Copyright Postmedia Network Inc., 2020

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