Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce that Dan Jason and Michele Genest, co-authors of Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds: A Garden-to-Kitchen Guide (2018), have been recognized by two prestigious prizes.
Their book has just been named a finalist for the Taste Canada Awards, which recognizes the best culinary books published by Canadian authors each year. Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds is shortlisted in Single-Subject Cookbook category, which is awarded to the best cookbook that features a single topic in the culinary world. The book has also just won a gold medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Specialty Cookbooks category. The Independent Publisher Book Awards is open to authors published across North America.
Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds includes lots of information about the superfoods that have sustained civilizations for thousands of years, including farro, spelt and kamut, barley and oats, and seeds such as soybeans, flax, amaranth and quinoa. These superfoods have earned their nutritional status by being rich in amino acids, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, fibre or protein. Expert gardener Dan Jason provides gardening advice and recommends varieties that are adapted to Canadian gardens, while Michele Genest supplies the fifty vibrant and delicious vegetarian recipes that highlight and demonstrate how best to use the grains and seeds in the kitchen. Her Beet and Triticale Gnocchi with Kale Pesto and Pumpkin Seed Butter Cookies will inspire everyone to try to include more ancient grains in their diet.
Dan Jason lives on Salt Spring Island, BC, where he founded the mail-order seed company Salt Spring Seeds. He has written many bestselling books about growing and preparing food sustainably, including The Whole Organic Food Book, Saving Seeds as if Our Lives Depended on It and The Power of Pulses (Douglas & McIntyre, 2016). Michele Genest writes a regular cooking column for Yukon, North of Ordinary Magazine and is the author of two cookbooks, The Boreal Gourmet and The Boreal Feast (Lost Moose, 2010 and 2014). She lives in Whitehorse, YT
The other books shortlisted for the Single-Subject Taste Canada Award are Brunch Life: Comfort Classics and More for the Best Meal of the Day by Matt Basile and Kyla Zanardi (Penguin Canada), Fermentation Revolution: 70 Easy, Healthy Recipes for Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Kimchi and More by Sébastien Bureau and David Côté (Robert Rose), French Pastry 101: Learn the Art of Classic Baking with 60 Beginner-Friendly Recipes, by Betty Hung (Page Street), and Ship to Shore: Straight Talk from the Seafood Counter by John Bil, (House of Anansi Press).
The winners of this year’s Taste Canada Awards will be announced on October 27, 2019 at a gala in Toronto.