Third Annual Cookbook Awards: Polls are Open

The third annual cookbook awards nominees have been elected. The staff at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks voted for their favourite cookbooks of 2008, and here are the top ten:

A16 Food & Wine
(Ten Speed Press)
Beyond the Great Wall by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid (Random House)
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (Penguin)
Fat by Jennifer McLagan (McClelland & Stewart)
The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg (Little, Brown & Co.)
Friday Night Dinners by Bonnie Stern (Random House)
Maggie's Harvest by Maggie Beer (Penguin Books)
A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes by David Tanis (Artisan)
Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlop (W.W. Norton)
Urban Italian by Andrew Carmellini and Gwen Hyman (Bloomsbury)

Now it is time for you to vote for your top cookbook of 2008. From the list above, elect your favourite and let us know which one you choose by emailing Polls close at 6:00 pm on January 29th. After all the votes are tallied, we will announce the winner and hold an awards ceremony in March at our Main shop. This highly esteemed award has been held by such top chefs as Vikram Vij and John Bishop. We anticipate that this year's winner will attend the ceremony, along with some other familiar Vancouver faces. Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. For more information about these and other books, please visit