Let’s Eat and Eat Alberta First Finalists for the 2024 Taste Canada Awards

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to announce that two of our cookbooks have been named as finalists for the 2024 Taste Canada Awards. Let’s Eat, by DL Acken and Aurelia Louvet, and Eat Alberta First, by Karen Anderson, are respectively shortlisted for the Single-Subject Cookbooks and Regional / Cultural Cookbooks categories. The Gold and Silver winners from each category will be announced in the fall.

Now in its 27th year, Taste Canada announced on June 12, 2024, the titles of the  shortlisted cookbooks competing for a coveted culinary writing award. From the 73 cookbooks entered into the competition, the shortlist narrowed the competition down to 44 entries in 5 categories for English-language books. A champion of Canadian cookbooks, Taste Canada inspires readers to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.

This is Aurelia Louvet’s first Taste Canada nomination and co-author DL Acken’s second; her first was in 2019 for Cedar and Salt in the Regional/Cultural Cookbook category. Let’s Eat is the co-authors’ second book together and was praised by the Globe & Mail as “a choose-your-own-adventure style cookbook that aims to arm young cooks with the skills they need to follow recipes on their own, with little to no parental supervision.” The book’s 60+ recipes, including everything from Deviled Eggs to Whole Roasted Chicken, are meant to encourage kids aged 9+ to get into the kitchen early. Acken mentions that the cookbook is “a way to encapsulate the recipes we cook with our kids day in and day out” and that to be “recognized amongst the incredible company of competitors is amazing!! We truly believe that it’s important for kids—and everyone really—to get into the kitchen.”

Eat Alberta First is Karen Anderson’s third nomination for a Taste Canada Award. She previously won Silver in 2016 with co-author and 2021 Hall of Fame inductee, Noorbanu Nimji, for their cookbook A Spicy Touch and was nominated in the Culinary Narratives category for Food Artisans of Alberta with co-author Matilde Sanchez-Turri. Anderson is “thrilled for Eat Alberta First to be a finalist.” Equal parts cookbook and manifesto, this collection of 90 tried and true recipes is the ultimate guide to local eating in Alberta all through the year.

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