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About Whitecap Books

Whitecap Books is one of Canada’s leading book publishers. Our diverse list features books on food, wine, gardening, health and well-being, regional history, and regional guidebooks. We publish books for children and youth under our Walrus Books imprint.

Whitecap’s expertise in culinary books has gained us recognition in Canada and internationally. Kitchen Scraps by Pierre Lamielle won gold in the Best Food Book Illustrations category at the 2009 World Gourmand Cookbook Awards. Also at the 2011 Cuisine Canada Culinary Book Awards, three Whitecap titles brought home awards, including Jeff McCourt, Allan Williams and Austin Clement’s Flavours of Prince Edward Island, which won the first place prize in the category of Best English Canadian Culinary Culture book.

At Whitecap Books, we are pleased to include internationally renowned chefs among our authors. We have launched several titles from Australia’s Donna Hay and Bill Granger. Claire Clark, published her first book, Indulge, with Whitecap in the Fall 2007.

Whitecap maintains strong ties with the Food Network Canada. We had the pleasure of publishing Chef at Home by Food Network Canada’s well-known host Chef Michael Smith, and the sequel The Best of Chef at Home in Fall 2009. Anna Olson, another popular Food Network host, has published seven titles with Whitecap: Inn on the Twenty, Anna and Michael Olson Cook at Home, Sugar, Another Cup of Sugar, In the Kitchen with Anna, Fresh with Anna Olson and Back to Baking.

With our head office in Toronto, Ontario and our production and marketing office in Vancouver, British Columbia, Whitecap offers coast-to-coast publicity and promotions for our authors and their books. We have expanded our market into the United States through Midpoint Books. Whitecap Books titles are now available across North America, in traditional bookstores as well as a variety of alternative retail outlets, including museums, clothing stores, and cookware suppliers.


In 1977, Michael Burch founded Whitecap Books. Michael imagined an audience of Canadians who cherished the beauty of their country and wanted to capture it in gift and coffee table books. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Whitecap grew to become a leading producer of books featuring the natural wonders of Canada’s cities and provinces. Over the years, Whitecap expanded to publish titles in a variety of genres with a major focus on food and wine.

In 2012, Whitecap Books was purchased by Fitzhenry & Whiteside