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Adieu, 2020

As we bid adieu to 2020, we are sending our warmest wishes to you and yours for a cozy holiday season. And from our kitchen to yours, we’re pleased to share this festive recipe for Poire Belle-Hélène from Bisous and Brioche by Laura Bradbury and Rebecca Wellman. Image of Poire Belle-Hélène by Rebecca Wellman from Bisous … Continued

Cedar and Salt Shortlisted for Pacific Northwest Book Awards

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to announce that Cedar and Salt, the award-winning cookbook by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Pacific Northwest Book Awards. The announcement was made November 10, 2020. Featuring more than 100 recipes that showcase the best of Vancouver Island’s homegrown and locally produced ingredients, Cedar and … Continued

Cedar and Salt wins Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to announce that Cedar and Salt by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus is the joint First Prize winner of a 2019 Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design. TouchWood designer Tree Abraham is the recipient of the award. The announcement was made October 7, 2020. Featuring more than 100 recipes … Continued

Summer Grilling // Recipes from A Spicy Touch

A Spicy Touch by Noorbanu Nimji and Karen Anderson is one of 49th Shelf’s cookbooks of the summer. If you’ve been craving Indo–East African foods, stop scrolling through those takeout menus and check these recipes out—you’ll have and tandoori chicken and spicy spuds on the grill in no time! Tandoori Chicken Spicy Barbecued Chicken This succulent … Continued

Show Me the Honey, Tapping the West Win Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to announce that both Show Me the Honey by Dave Doroghy and Tapping the West by Scott Messenger have won Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Canadian competition. Show Me the Honey: Adventures of an Accidental Apiarist by Dave Doroghy, the winner of the Best Book on Honey in Canada, is … Continued

A staycation kind of summer

“Staycation” and “domestic tourism” are the buzz words of the summer. Luckily for Canadians, we live in one of the most uniquely beautiful and geographically diverse countries in the world. Each of our gorgeous provinces offers a variety of socially distant activities for you and you family to discover and explore safely (especially if approached … Continued

Cedar and Salt, Island Craft shortlisted for 2020 Taste Canada Awards

TouchWood Editions is thrilled to announce that both Cedar and Salt by DL Acken and Emily Lycopolus and Island Craft by Jon C. Stott have been shortlisted for 2020 Taste Canada Awards. The shortlist was announced June 25; winners will be celebrated with a virtual awards ceremony on October 25. “Now, more than ever, people … Continued

Noorbanu Nimji

We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Noorbanu Nimji on June 10, 2020, co-author of A Spicy Touch. Noorbanu was born in Nairobi, Kenya not long after her parents moved from Gujarat, India. Her cooking reflects the dishes of Gujarat and other North India regional influences. Life in Kenya added East African dishes to … Continued

A Small Plot Victory Garden for 2020

Food Security Is Just a Seedling Away By Janet Melrose and Sheryl Normandeau During WWI and WWII and into the 1950s, the Canadian government encouraged its citizens to grow their own food. Not only would you be supplementing your own food supply at a time when rations were scarce and store shelves were growing bare, … Continued

World Bee Day 2020

“Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities. “To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day. “This year, World Bee Day . . . will highlight the … Continued

Great reads for the long weekend

Finally, the long weekend is here! Since our government is urging us to continue social-distancing and observing safety measures through Victoria Day, we thought maybe you could use a few reading recommendations to help make your staycation awesome. Looking for a new hobby? Want to get lost in a great story? Curious about the local … Continued

At Home with Leesa Dean

A Note from the publisher We’re living in an unprecedented moment in history, and it’s been amazing to see how people are pulling together to support one another. Here at TouchWood we’ve decided to ask our authors what has been keeping them busy during a time when we’ve all been asked to stay home to … Continued