This news arrived this morning … can finally drop my cracker (cabernet) as it was under embargo until 2 pm for press distribution …

FOR RELEASE: 1st August, 2012

Taste Canada: The Food Writing Awards 2012
Announcement of Short Lists

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards drew 73 submissions this year, a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing.  The winners will be announced, together with the names of the jurors, at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, 5 November, at the new Arcadian Court in Toronto.

These Awards will recognize and celebrate superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French, while acknowledging and respecting the authority and history of the original Awards.

Leslie Beck’s Longevity Diet. Leslie Beck. Penguin Canada

Celebrity nutritionist Leslie Beck unlocks the secrets to achieving good health and maintaining an active and energetic lifestyle in Leslie Beck”s Longevity Diet. Complete with food plans, new recipes, tips, and strategies, Leslie Beck”s Longevity Diet includes the following information to help slow aging and promote lifelong vitality.

Leslie writes a weekly nutrition column in The Globe and Mail and is the nutrition expert for CTV’s Canada AM. Leslie runs a private practice at the Medcan Clinic in Toronto.

The Boreal Herbal. Beverley Gray.

The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North is an indispensable guide to identifying and using northern North American (and in many cases European and Asian) plants for food and medicine. Whether you’re hiking in remote areas or gardening in your backyard, this easy-to-use handbook will help you recognize and use fifty-five common wild plants that have extraordinary healing properties.

Beverley Gray is a boreal herbalist, aromatherapist, natural-health practitioner, journalist, and an award-winning natural health-product formulator. She owns the Aroma Borealis Herb Shop.

Unquenchable. Doubleday/Random House

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I was happy to make the long list back in April, but now I’m excited about attending the event as I’m very hopeful about the quality of Canadian wines that might be served. Plus it’s nice that a book on booze gets thrown into the mix at these foodie events. Congrats to Leslie and Beverly!

Arcadian Court