Island Craft, Cedar and Salt win Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

TouchWood Editions is pleased to announce that Cedar and Salt by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus and Island Craft by Jon Stott have won Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Canadian competition.

Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field and Sea by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus won in the Food Tourism–Countries and Regions category. Featuring more than 100 homegrown, modern recipes that showcase the most treasured local ingredients from Vancouver Island’s unique and beloved terroirs, this collection of recipes is a thoughtfully curated, beautifully photographed cookbook that puts the taste of Vancouver Island on a pedestal and then brings it to your plate.

“Lush and eloquent . . . Cedar and Salt is among a new breed of regional Canadian explorations. Inextricable from its location, it’s a snapshot of a specific food culture with expansive appeal all the same . . . The choice to structure the book by geography coupled with Acken’s atmospheric photography gives readers a deeper sense of place.” —National Post

Island Craft: Your Guide to the Breweries of Vancouver Island by Jon Stott won in the Beer category. This is the ultimate beer-lover’s road trip from Victoria, bc’s craft beer capital, to Campbell River. Born and raised in Victoria, Stott remembers a time when there was but one brewery in Vancouver Island. Island Craft collects Stott’s interviews with nearly forty breweries and brewpubs—which he visited in 2018—into a timely exploration of the vibrant and growing craft beer scene on Canada’s west coast.

“The reference for any question relating to brewing history on the Island . . . Beer guidebooks generally have a somewhat limited shelf life, but Stott’s strong research and thorough history lengthen this book’s long-term value . . . There is much to celebrate about Vancouver Island beer and this book is a great resource when exploring it.” —What’s Brewing Magazine

Founded in 1995, the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards receive submissions from more than 200 countries each year and award prizes in more than 100 categories. In the first leg of the competition, cookbooks and wine and drink books compete against titles within their country. Having won in Canada, Cedar and Salt and Island Craft will now continue on to compete in their categories against winners from other countries in the Gourmand Best in World competition. Results will be announced in May 2020 at the annual Gourmand Awards Ceremony in Yantai, China.

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