10 September 2008


Today's post was supposed to be the latest cookbook review, but the deities think otherwise.

As I sat for lunch, I could feel a little ache. By the two o'clock coffee my throat was a little tingly and by the time I left the office at the end of the day, my tongue was sour.


On my way home I stopped off at one of the Chinese restaurants I like and picked up some hot and sour soup, egg rolls and pot stickers. After I took the soup's piccie I doctored it with chilli garlic sauce and black rice vinegar. Hoping to shake this whatever it is sooner rather than later. Probably overworked and underrested.


So instead of being a sane person and crawling under covers, I started tidying...sorted out the kitchen, ran the chilli pepper (the vaccuum--it's very red) over the carpet in the TV temple and towered the books on the centre table. I can't be unwell in disarray--even when I was little(r) at the first sign of a cold, I'd break out the furniture spray and glass cleaner.


So...instead of writing the review, I've decided to keep with the foodbookish theme and let you know which cookery books were nominated for the 2008 Canadian Culinary Book Awards--winners will be announced on 7 November at the Royal Winter Fair.

Short-listed in the English Cookbook Category:
Dish Entertains: everyday simple to special occasions by Trish Magwood (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., Toronto). Here's my review.

Fresh: seasonal recipes made with local foods by John Bishop and Dennis Green (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver);

Wild Sweets Chocolate: sweet, savoury, bites, drinks by Dominique and Cindy Duby, (Whitecap Books Ltd., North Vancouver);

Short-listed in the English Special Interest Category, books about food, but not cookbooks:

In Bad Taste? The adventures and science behind food delicacies by Dr. Massimo Marcone (Key Porter Books, Toronto);

The 100-mile Diet: a year of local eating by Alisa Smith and J.R. MacKinnon (Random House Canada, Toronto).

Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health…and don’t forget the chocolate! by Liz Pearson and Marilyn Smith (Whitecap Books Ltd., North Vancouver);

Short-listed in the Canadian Food Culture Category, books that best illustrate Canada’s rich culinary heritage and food culture:
A Year at Les Fougères by Charles Part and Jennifer Warren-Part (Chelsea Books, Chelsea);

Icewine: extreme winemaking by Donald J.P. Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser (Key Porter Books, Toronto);

Menus from an orchard table: celebrating the food and wine of the Okanagan by Heidi Noble (Whitecap Books Ltd., North Vancouver).

Short-listed in the French Cookbook Category:
Apollo : ceci est un livre de cuisine by Giovanni Apollo (Les Éditions Transcontinental Inc., Montréal);

Serge Bruyère : ses recettes orginales et revisitées by Anne L. Desjardins, Project Coordinator and Author, (Les Éditions La Presse, Montréal);

Stefano Faita, entre cuisine et quincaillerie by Stefano Faita (Editions du Trécarré-Group Librex, Montréal).

Short-listed the French Special Interest Category, books about food but not cookbooks:
La chimie des desserts : tout comprendre pour mieux les réussir by Christina Blais and Ricardo (Les Éditions La Presse, Montréal) ;

La sélection Chartier 2008 by François Chartier (Les Éditions La Presse, Montréal) ;

Les vins du nouveau monde, Volume 1 by Jacques Orhon (Les Éditions de l’Homme, Montréal).


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K and S said...

I hope you feel better soon, take care and take it easy.

Peabody said...

I hope you are feeling better.

Karen Baking Soda said...

Ha, I second that, it's what I do; hate to be "unwell in disarray". Very well put!
Take care!

Anonymous said...

I hope you beat it sooner rather than later and thanks for the wish, oops I mean book list.

maybelles mom said...

Wow great list. and feel better.

creampuff said...

Feel lots better!

Sara said...

I always go for hot and sour soup when I'm sick, it seems to make everything better.

Kana said...

Get well soon, Jasmine!

giz said...

Ok, so you felt sick, stopped to pick up food, came home, started cleaning - makes alot of sense to me. Hope you're feeling better.

I'm so happy that Trish Magwood made the shortlist. Psychgrad and I took a class with her - she's so sweet - I mean genuinely sweet and we still make her recipes.

MargaretJ said...

Thank you for your list of CDN cookbooks, as they are imnpossible to find in the US. I will look for them on my next trip to NS. Have you been to Fougere's?

NKP said...

Get well, my friend.
I am ashamed to admit that I have not read any of these books and am feeling like a bad Canadian.
I look forward to your reviews and recommendations.