CANADA has become the first major North American country to officially recognise the first cookbook by Canadian author Yan Pasza.
In a ceremony in Winnipeg on Saturday, Mr Pasza was honoured as the inaugural winner of the Canadian Cookbook Writers Prize.
He was presented with a framed copy of his cookbook, titled YAN Can Cook, at the ceremony.
YAN CAN Cook is published by Penguin Canada.
“I’m thrilled to have been recognised by the Harper government and I’m happy to be recognised as the first Canadian to win the prize,” Mr Paszek said in a statement.
“I believe YAN can cook is a must-have for any home cook or any home chef-in-training.”
“My book is an essential tool for anyone who wants to create and perfect their own food, cook on a budget and make their own meals,” he said.
Mr Paszek has been a long-time advocate for the Cookbook Awards, which recognizes authors who publish a new or revised edition of a cookbook every five years.
While the Cookbooks award is based on sales, the new prize also recognises books that have an impact on society.
Ms Pasza is the first woman to win both the Canadian and international awards.
She won the Canadian cookbook award last year, and was the first author to win a Cookbook Writer’s Association (CWAA) award.
She has been recognised for her writing on a variety of topics including food, gardening, nutrition and travel.
Ms Paszek is currently working on her next book, which is due to be published in 2018.