RELEASE: Taste Canada Food Writing Awards

Award Seal for the Taste Canada Awards is circular, the centre text is white, bold and all caps set in a green circle, the text reads Shortlist / Finaliste. More text surrounds the circle which is bold, green and all caps laid into a white background, the text reads Taste Canada Awards / Les Laureats des saveurs du Canada

TouchWood Editions is pleased to share that Icon by John Schreiner and All the Sweet Things by Renée Kohlman have been shortlisted for the 2018 Taste Canada Food Writing Awards. The announcement was made on July 9.


The fifteenth book by respected wine critic John Schreiner, Icon: Flagship Wines from British Columbia’s Best Wineries is a compendium of Schreiner’s observations for what he classifies as the highest-calibre wines—the icons—from 100 of the province’s most accomplished wineries. Drawing from his considerable experience and knowledge, he includes vertical tasting notes comparing a variety of vintages in the history of each icon, and showcases the best of the best from British Columbia’s wine industry.

“If you want a quick primer on bc’s best labels while supporting a Canadian wine treasure, John Schreiner himself, this is it.” —Gismondi on Wine

Icon has been shortlisted in the Culinary Narratives category alongside Catharine Parr Traill’s The Female Emigrant’s Guide edited by Nathalie Cooke and Fiona Lucas, 9000 Years of Wine by Rod Phillips, Vij by Vikram Vij, and Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China by Jan Wong.

All the Sweet Things: Baked Goods and Stories from the Kitchen of Sweetsugarbean was born from the success of Renée Kohlman’s popular food blog, Sweetsugarbean. Featuring more than 100 recipes for delectable sweet treats, gorgeous food photography, and heartwarming personal stories, Kohlman’s debut cookbook draws you to the kitchen to bake, and then back to the couch to read.

“Every page is packed with deliciousness and irresistible recipes for cooks of all kinds. Not only is Renée a fantastic baker, she is a soulful writer and gifted photographer. When you’re not cooking from her book, you might just find yourself tucked into bed drooling over her photographs and savouring her heartfelt stories.” —Erin Scott, bestselling author of Yummy Supper

All the Sweet Things is shortlisted in the Single-Subject Cookbooks category alongside Canadian Living: The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by the Canadian Living Test Kitchen, Cooking with Cocktails by Kristy Gardner, The Soup Sisters Family Cookbook: More than 100 Family-friendly Recipes to Make and Share with Kids of All Ages edited by Sharon Hapton and Gwendolyn Richards, and The Preservatory: Seasonally Inspired Recipes for Creating and Cooking with Artisanal Preserves by Lee Murphy.

Monday’s shortlist announcement of forty-six books and thirteen blogs marks the 21st year for the Taste Canada Awards, which celebrates Canada’s food culture and world-class culinary writers of books and blogs in English and French via seven prize categories. The winners will be announced at the awards gala on October 29, 2018 in Toronto.

To view the full shortlist, visit