Taste Canada — The Food Writing Awards is an evolution of the former Canadian Culinary Book Awards. These newly branded annual Awards will continue to recognize and celebrate superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French, while acknowledging and respecting the authority and history of the original Awards.
- Annually, food professionals gather to honour Canadian culinary writers and publishers when the Canadian Culinary Book Awards are presented in the autumn. Designed to recognize excellence and creativity in food and beverage writing and publishing, these awards also promote Canadian culinary food culture.
The awards were initiated by Cuisine Canada in 1998 under the leadership of Jo Marie Powers. In 2003 the University of Guelph Library joined as co-host. During these years, the contest has evolved to include three categories of books: The Canadian food culture category identifies culinary books about Canada's culinary history, ingredients and regional foodways; the cookbook category focuses upon recipe books; and the special interest category includes books that are about food and/or beverages. Gold and silver prizes are awarded in each category for both English-language and French-language books.
Joan Marie Galat's Dot to Dot in the Sky series won gold in the Educational, Science, History, etc. Activity Book category.
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards is presented by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online. These awards are designed to bring increased recognition to children’s books and their creators, in addition to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading. Awards are given out in 30 categories, which cover a wide range of subjects, styles and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today.