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Finalists announced for 2021 Taste Canada Awards, which honour Canadian food writing

Jon Tattire, Bob Blumer, Anna Olson and Angela Liddon are among the English-language finalists competing for Canada’s only food writing awards.
Forty-six titles from six provinces have been nominated for the 2021 Taste Canada Awards. (Taste Canada Awards)

Forty-six titles from six provinces have been nominated for the 2021 Taste Canada Awards, which are Canada's only food writing awards.

The Taste Canada Awards annually celebrate the year's best in Canadian food writing. Gold and silver medal winners were awarded across five English-language and five French-language categories.

The nominees include Jon Tattire, Bob Blumer, Anna Olson and Angela Liddon.

Peace by Chocolate by Tattrie is nominated for the culinary narrative award.

The book tells the true story of the Hadhad family and the founding of the chocolatier, Peace by Chocolate. Isam had run a chocolate company for over 20 years. But since the Syrian war, he and his family had spent three years in limbo as refugees before coming to Canada. So, in an unfamiliar kitchen in a small town, Isam began to make chocolate again and rebuild his life.

Tattrie is a journalist for CBC News and the author of six nonfiction books and two novels. 

Flavorbomb: A Rogue Guide to Making Everything Taste Better, written by Blumer, is a finalist in the general cookbook category. Flavorbomb is full of tips to add flavour to any dish, and includes 75 recipes.

Blumer has written six cookbooks.. 

Baking Day with Anna Olson is a nominee in the single-subject cookbook category. Olson shares over 120 easy-to-follow baking recipes for all skill levels. 

Oslo is known as Canada's baking sweetheart and Food Network host. She is a professionally trained chef and the author of eight cookbooks. She shared quarantine cooking tips via an Instagram Live interview with CBC.

 Liddon's vegan cookbook Oh She Glows for Dinner is shortlisted in the health and special diet cookbook category.

Liddon is a blogger and chef from Ontario. Oh She Glows for Dinner is her third cookbook. 

The 2021 winners will be announced on Nov. 14, 2021. The ceremony will be hosted by Shahir Massoud and Ariane Paré-Le Gal.

You can see the complete shortlists for the English-language awards below:

Culinary narratives:

General cookbooks:

Regional/cultural cookbooks:

  • Bisous & Brioch by Laura Bradbury and Rebecca Wellman,
  • Eating Out Loud by Eden Grinshpan
  • Kiin by Nuit Regular
  • The BC Wine Lover's Cookbook by Jennifer Schell
  • The Vegan Armenian Kitchen Cookbook by Lena Tashjian

Single-subject cookbooks:

  • Baking Day with Anna Olson
  • Cooking Meat by Peter Sanagan
  • Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats by Ashley Kosowan and Jenna Hutchinson
  • The Hunter Chef Cookbook by Michael Hunter
  • You Wanna Piece of Me? by Jenell Parsons

Health and special diet cookbooks:

  • Buck Naked Kitchen by Kirsten Buck
  • Eat Good Fat by Lee Capatina
  • Oh She Glows for Dinner by Angela Liddon
  • The Bite Me Balance Cookbook by Julie Albert and Lisa Gnat
  • The Primal Gourmet Cookbook by Ronny Joseph Lvovski

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