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Two cookbooks from Harbour Publishing have made the short list for the 2011 Canadian Culinary Book Awards

Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 10:59am

Harbour Publishing is pleased to announce that two of its cookbooks have been short-listed for the 2011 Canadian Culinary Book Awards.  The Zero-Mile Diet: A Year-Round Guide to Growing Organic Food by Carolyn Herriot and The Boreal Gourmet: Adventures in Northern Cooking by Michele Genest are on the short list in the English-language Culinary Culture Category of the 2011 Canadian Culinary Book Awards, sponsored by Cuisine Canada and the University of Guelph.

In The Zero-Mile Diet, Carolyn Herriot follows a year of sustainable homegrown food production, growing healthy organic food, eating seasonal recipes from the garden, saving seeds for future harvests and putting food by for the winter.  Ten years ago, Herriot decided to grow as much of her own food as possible in order to pacify her concerns about an increasingly uncertain future.   Herriot is also the bestselling author of A Year on the Garden Path: A 52-Week Organic Gardening Guide, and she lives in Victoria, BC, where she grows her certified-organic seed business, Seeds of Victoria.

In The Boreal Gourmet, Michele Genest shares her taste for northern life and flavours.  Since moving to Canada’s northern territory, Genest discovered how to enhance a store-bought diet with the natural foods First Nations people have survived on for thousands of years.  Genest moved to the Yukon in 1994, where she discovered an exciting cuisine based on indigenous boreal ingredients. 

The Canadian Culinary Book Awards are designed to recognize excellence in food and beverage writing and publishing while promoting Canadian culinary food culture.  Initiated by Cuisine Canada in 1998 under Jo Marie Powers, the contest is now co-hosted by the University of Guelph Library.  Gold and Silver prizes are awarded in three categories:  Canadian food culture, cookbooks and special interest for both English-language and French-language books.  The winners will be announced on November 7, 2011, at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.