2024 PNBA Book Award Nominates BC Author

Book Jacket image is above text that reads "Jules Sherred Finalist for PNBA Book Award". The cover has a Background detail of a photographed silver spoon positioned vertically with honey dripping from it, against a black background; the author name in white all-caps sans serif font reads, “Jules Sherred,” followed by the title in bold yellow all-caps sans serif font reading, "Crip Up the Kitchen," subtitle is below in white all-caps sans serif font reading, "Tools, Tips and Recipes for the Disabled Cook." Book cover by Jazmin Welch of Fleck Creative Studio.

TouchWood Editions is delighted to announce that Jules Sherred’s cookbook Crip Up the Kitchen: Tools, Tips and Recipes for the Disabled Cook has been nominated for the 2024 PNBA Book Award.

Since 1965, the annual Book Awards have recognized such luminary figures in Northwest literature as Ivan Doig, Ursula K. Le Guin, David James Duncan, Cheryl Strayed, Jonathan Evison, Molly Gloss, Chuck Palahniuk, and Brian Doyle.

Background details is a wooden box of vegetables out of focus. In front, a blue bowl is resting on a black plate and the bowl is filled near the brim with an orange red Borshch soup with dill on top.Crip Up the Kitchen is a recipe collection that brings the economy and satisfaction of home cooking to disabled and neurodivergent cooks. With 50 recipes that make use of three key tools—the electric pressure cooker, air fryer, and bread machine—Jules has set out to make the kitchen accessible and enjoyable. The debut book has been featured by The Spruce Eats, Publishers Weekly, Philadelphia Inquirer, Lifehacker, Civil Eats, MindBodyGreen, and others.

The shortlisted titles for the 2024 PNBA Book Award will be announced on November 6, 2023 comprise the list from which up to six 2024 winners will be selected. Winners be announced in early January 2024 and promoted by member stores during the winter and spring of 2024.

For more information, please visit pnba.org.

Shoulder-up portrait shot, Jules is a white person with brown hair, wearing thin black glasses, a black newsboy cap, blue and grey Star Trek bowtie, grey patterned collared shirt, and knitted navy-blue zip up cardigan. He is looking down without smiling. Photo credit: Jules Sherred.Based in Duncan, BC, Jules Sherred works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, writer, journalist, and outspoken advocate for disability and trans rights. His website Disabled Kitchen and Garden and his cookbook Crip Up the Kitchen were born out of the need to include disabled people in the conversation around food.


 TouchWood Editions is an independent book publisher based in Victoria, BC, Canada. They’re a small team of creatives who share a big love of eating, drinking, exploring the region, and diving into stories that expand and deepen our worldview. Whose best work happens when creating beautiful books on topics that ignite our passion: food and wine, regional history, art and photography, gardening and pets, house and home, and quality literary fiction titles.


 PNBA is a non-profit association of independent bookstores from five Northwest states, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia. The Association produces educational and promotional events and materials for its members and offers literacy, free speech, and author promotional vehicles through its member stores.