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January 2012- Archives

The Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge is now closed!

Thank you to all who participated. Our judge JJ Lee will now read your submissions and pick one lucky winner, which we will announce next week. More details will be revealed on Monday.For now, you can read some of the entries we received that were posted on our Facebook page:...

Edible Nonfiction Challenge: And the winner is...

What a delicious few weeks it's been here at Canada Writes! We've been treated to original writing by some of Canada's best food scribes, salivated at our judge Ilana Weitzman's descriptions of memorable food writing in her "Food For Thought" blog series and delighted in your diverse and delicious entries...

Hunter-Gatherer by Crystal Chan

Entry from the winner of our Edible Nonfiction Challenge, Crystal Chan.Hunter-Gathererby Crystal Chan Montreal, QC I was hunter and gatherer in one. I snarled as I pushed the screwdriver in and down with the weight of my ten-year-old body, from 90 degree-legs to squatting so that my bum skimmed the rocks.The...

Revealing our ten Edible Nonfiction finalists

Today we reveal the final two names and true food stories of the ten people on our Edible Nonfiction Challenge shortlist.The latest two entries to make the shortlist are Yorkshire Puddings and Saran Wrapby Dawn Ruddick and Filet-o-Fired by Maggie Panko. Read them below.Next Monday, January 16, we will announce the...

Yorkshire Puddings and Saran Wrap by Dawn Ruddick

I was reared on TV dinners, and Twinkies. Once, my mom even sent me to school with a cheese sandwich; featuring a Kraft Single, with the plastic wrapper left on. So at the age of seven, when I felt the first surges of culinary interest, I turned my back on my...

By Tiffany Morris

I've known people who can cook. My roommate would whip up the best soups I've ever eaten, going from sink to chopping board to stove with hummingbird intensity. One soup was made using only cilantro, egg noodles and a dictionary's worth of brightly-colored spices. When I finished the bowl they...

Cold Curry by Phedra Deonarine

She sits on the rough concrete ground outside her backdoor. The ground is uneven with milkweed growing from the cracks. She bunches her faded purple dress around her knees. Her grey plait is as thin as her crooked little finger. She looks like a potato boiled with the skin on....

Edible Nonfiction Challenge now closed

Thanks to all who kept our bellies full with the tasty slices of life you sent our way! ...

How I Learned to Cook by Yutaka Dirks

On my meandering journey into adulthood, newly untethered from the comforts of my suburban family home, I ate a lot of garbage. My roommates and I found free meals around town for years. We just had to climb in dumpsters to get them.There were a couple of places we'd visit...

Perfection in a Shell by Mary Jane Grant

"Make sure the white part is solid," I instructed my grandfather as he placed the egg onto the over-sized silver spoon and lowered it into the simmering water. "But the yellow part has to be soft and sort of gucky." "One boiled egg, solid white and gucky yolk, coming up," my...

Picky by Jacqueline Valencia

My ten year old has autism spectrum disorder. He needs to feel in control of his surroundings and a regular routine helps him with that. As he's grown older, he's sorted through a few taste and texture preferences to come up with this daily menu: bran muffins for breakfast, pizza...