This year there was a bumper crop of Canadian cookbooks published - and twenty of them were by Food Bloggers of Canada members.  Twenty!  That's the most we've ever had in a year (and it's soon to be 21 with Joy McCarthy's new book coming out after Christmas).  So when we put together our annual Cookbook Gift Guide, there was no shortage of homegrown talent to showcase.  From FBC Members to well loved Canadian chefs, restaurants and food writers - there is something for everyone on your list - including you.  And the best part of all is, you're supporting Canadian authors! Happy shopping and gifting! (PS... there's details on how you can enter to win more cookbooks at the bottom of the article!)

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The 2016 Canadian Cookbook Gift Guide | Food Bloggers of Canada

FBC Member General and Specialty Cookbooks

Whether it's preserving food, celebrating a beloved fiction series or the long anticipated follow up to one of the best selling Canadian cookbooks in recent years, our members delivered an astounding array of books!

  1. Rock Recipes Christmas - Barry Parsons
  2. Real. Good. Food - Eyecandypopper
  3. Outlander Kitchen - Theresa Carle-Sanders (see our interview with Theresa!)
  4. The Asian Slow Cooker - Kelly Kwok
  5. Lick Your Plate - Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat (see our review here)
  6. Nourish - Nettie Cornish and Cara Rosenbloom (see our review here)
  7. The Beeswax Workshop - Chris Dalziel
  8. Candida Free Cookbook and Action Plan - Sondi Bruner (read Sondi's allergy friendly guides to food)
  9. Batch - Joel MacCharles & Dana Harrison (see our review here)
  10. Oh She Glows Every Day - Angela Liddon (see our review here)

For the Sweet Lovers

The 2016 Canadian Cookbook Gift Guide | Food Bloggers of Canada   Let's not forget the sweets - from beloved old fashioned desserts your grandmother probably made, to decadent layered cakes and classic Italian cookies - and wash it all down with a delightful cup of tea!

  1. Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky - Karlynn Johnston
  2. Layered - Tessa Huff (see our review here or you can check out some of Tessa's articles on the site)
  3. A Collection of Classic Italian Cookie Recipes - Nonna's Way
  4. Tea-spiration - Lu Ann Pannunzio

Two Times the Recipes

The 2016 Canadian Cookbook Gift Guide | Food Bloggers of Canada   These lovely ladies were extremely busy this year, each publishing not one but two cookbooks!

  1. Whole Bowls - Allison Day (see our review)
  2. Out of the Orchard - Julie Van Rosendaal
  3. Miel - Isabelle Lambert
  4. Purely Pumpkin - Allison Day (see Allison's guest article with her guide to Heirloom Pumpkins)
  5. Best of Bridge The Family Slow Cooker - Julie Van Rosendaal, Elizabeth Chorney Booth and Sue Duncan
  6. Lemon - Isabelle Lambert
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More Great Canadian Cookbooks

FBC Members weren't the only ones busy publishing books this year in Canada.  There were so many other great titles this year and if there's a theme, it's location, location, location!

West Coast Flair

The 2016 Canadian Cookbook Gift Guide | Food Bloggers of Canada Vancouver's restaurant scene was heavily featured in Canadian cookbooks this year with some of its most celebrated restaurants and long standing chains publishing recipe books - who needs takeout when you can make your favourites at home!

  1. Vij's Indian - Meeru Dhalwala & Vikram Vij
  2. Earl's The Cookbook - Jim Sutherland
  3. CinCin: Wood Fired Cucina - Andrew Richardson
  4. Araxi: Roots to Shoots - James Walt, Andrew Morrison

Eating and Drinking Across the Country

The 2016 Canadian Cookbook Gift Guide | Food Bloggers of Canada Continuing on with the Canada cooks series, two new city volumes came out this year as well as recipes from a treasured Toronto bakery and a guide to Ontario's Craft Beer (also co-written by an FBC member!)

  1. Edmonton Cooks - Leanne Brown
  2. Ottawa Cooks - Anne DesBrisay
  3. Bobbette & Belle - Allyson Bobbitt and Sarah Bell
  4. The Ontario Craft Beer Guide - Robin LeBlanc and Jordan St. John (read our article on the Ontario Craft Beer Guide here)

Canadian Classics

The 2016 Canadian Cookbook Gift Guide | Food Bloggers of Canada Two of Canada's most loved chefs have new books out this year and you can't go wrong with Michael Smith or Anna Olson in your kitchen

  1. Real Food, Real Good - Michael Smith
  2. Bake With Anna Olson - Anna Olson

Some International Flair

The 2016 Canadian Cookbook Gift Guide | Food Bloggers of Canada Two beautiful books by Canadians that celebrate other cultures!

  1. Taste of Persia - Naomi Duguid
  2. Hot Thai Kitchen - Pailin Chongchitnant (read our interview with Pailin here)

There's something for everyone on this list who loves to spend time in their kitchen! And, we're also giving away two cookbook packages that will help you with some of your holiday gifting (or they can just be a present to yourself!) Each package contains:

  1. 1 copy of UnDiet Cookbook  by FBC Member Meghan Telpner
  2. 1 copy of  Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin
  3. 1 copy of Thug Kitchen by Thug Kitchen (read our review)

The package is valued at $90 CDN. Contest is open to Canadian residents only (yes, even Quebec!).  You must be 19 years or older to enter and winners will be required to answer a skill testing question.  Contest ends on December 18, 2016.
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Marilyn M

This is such a fantastic prize and the variety of cookbooks are for everyone! Merry Christmas


Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky! I checked it out at the library and I was so sad that I had to give it back for the next person in queue. I need my own copy – stat! 🙂

Pat Goss

How to choose! The Best of Bridge The Family Slow Cooker for me and Oh She Glows Every Day for my daughter.

Suzie the Foodie

I am overwhelmed by the amazing talent here in Canada with our food bloggers! And think it’s time for me to get to work on my own, LOL. Congrats to all the published authors!


I want Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky by Karlynn Johnston – I’ve followed her on facebook and love her!


I would love to gift someone I know Karlynn Johnston’s Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky. I have tried some of the recipes from her blog and like them.

Angela Mitchell

The Outlander Kitchen is at the top of my list! Just that beautiful cover is enough for me! Plus I’ve heard it’s a great cook book!


I’m looking into purchasing the “Batched” cookbook. It’s all about preserving foods and looks really helpful!

Daniel E

Awesome prize! Cookbooks will come in handy helping me become a better cook right now I’m at the Bachelor level when it comes to cooking. Which means lots of boxed foods and nothing fresh! Lol hehe 😉

Cassie | Crumb Kitchen

Amazing round-up. Some of these I didn’t know were by Canadian authors, and I’ve seen them featured in Chapters! I have Batch coming for Christmas and I loved receiving Flapper Pie at the conference…now to collect them all!

Kelly H

the Nourish cookbook sounds like something I would really like! I’m all about the seeds, nuts and beans!


I’m from Newfoundland living in Ontario so I’m hoping one of my family members will send a copy of Rock Recipes!!!

Silvia D

loveto cook Thai foods so…Hot Thai Kitchen: Demystifying Thai Cuisine with Authentic Recipes to Make at Home

Iryna Derekas

I am a home baker and always look for new good receipts for deserts. My pick would be Layered by Tessa Half. Amazing giveaway!


It’s so wonderful to see all these Canadian cookbooks, especially the ones by FBC members! I promote them on my blog and in my everyday encounters … after all, food is always a topic of conversation, and that leads to talking about cookbooks! I have a number of these already, but one that’s on my wish list this season is Purely Pumpkin by Allison Day.


If I win it’ll definitely be a gift to myself – I need all the help I can get in the kitchen. womp womp.


I want to get my hands on Hot Thai Kitchen! I love Thai cooking and would like to learn more about it.

Elizabeth Vlug

I’m a huge Anna Olson fan and would love her Bake with Anna Olson book to add to my collection. I love to read cookbooks like others read novels.

Heather Nash

Oh wow! These are all wonderful books!! Cookbooks are my passion – I read them like novels – they have a quick bite to entice you, a meaty middle and a very sweet ending! 😍

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