Transatlantic is excited to announce that SABAI: 100 SIMPLE THAI RECIPES FOR ANY DAY OF THE WEEK by Pailin Chongchitnant and CRAVING VEGAN: 101 RECIPES TO SATISFY YOUR APPETITE THE PLANT-BASED WAY by Sam Turnbull have made the 2024 Taste Canada Awards Shortlist!

In its 27th year, Taste Canada has announced the titles of shortlisted cookbooks competing for a coveted culinary writing award. 73 cookbooks entered the competition and the shortlist narrowed the competition down to 44 entries, featuring authors from seven provinces. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors and thank you for the work you do to preserve Canada’s culinary culture. The Gold and Silver winners will be announced in the fall. 

Read the full shortlist here:

About the included titles:

Regional / Cultural Cookbooks

SABAI: 100 SIMPLE THAI RECIPES FOR ANY DAY OF THE WEEK by Pailin Chongchitnant (Appetite by Random House)

Sabai: The state of being when you’re at ease. Comfortable. Relaxed.

Pailin Chongchitnant knows that a busy schedule can make learning new recipes seem intimidating–whether you’re familiar with the cuisine or not. In her second book, Pai will empower you to make Thai food part of your everyday routine, with a compilation of authentic and straightforward recipes, like Beef Laab or Green Curry Chicken with Winter Melon, that are quick to make and delicious to eat. From prepping, to cooking, to eating, the dishes in this book can be done sabai sabai, as the saying goes.

Pai takes you through every recipe with her signature level of detail and warm, encouraging style. And she’s thought of plenty of shortcuts, tips, and tricks to get dinner on the table, no matter how hectic the day has been. There are even QR codes linking to her YouTube videos on tips, techniques, and more to support you every step of the way.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find inspiration in Pai’s easy, yet flavorful, creations:

  • SNACKABLE APPETIZERS like Fish Sauce Wings or Roti with Yellow Curry Dip
  • SNAPPY MAINS like Weeknight Khao Soi or Minimalist Pad Thai;
  • SIMPLE YET SATISFYING DESSERTS like Banana Coconut Sundae or Black Beans & Sticky Rice.

With a full section on Thai pantry staples and common ingredient substitutions, Sabai has everything you need to make your favorite dishes at home. You’ll also love the section on how to compose the perfectly balanced Thai meal, with specific recipe pairings and ideas to make sure you’ve got the sweet, salty, sour, and spicy elements covered. Step into the kitchen, relax, and let your taste buds–and Pai–be your guide.

Pailin is represented by Rob Firing and Samantha Haywood.

Health or Special Diet Cookbooks


A late-night snack, a comforting weekend brunch, or a quick hit of something sweet—Craving Vegan has something to satisfy every craving you might have. Sam Turnbull, bestselling author of Fuss-Free Vegan and Fast Easy Cheap Vegan, shares 101 drool-worthy vegan dishes in her third cookbook, overflowing with plant-based comfort food that hits the spot. Within the pages of this stunning cookbook you’ll find:

  • Chapters divided by cravings: You’ll know where to turn when the need strikes: Eggy, Carby, Cheesy, Creamy, Crunchy, Spicy, Meaty, Chocolatey, and Sugary.
  • Sam’s signature style: Dishes are simple and creative—with flavor turned up to the max!
  • Recipes that hit the spot: The Potato-Lover Pierogies will satisfy that carby craving, while others, like the Crunch Wrap Superior, will cover (almost) all your cravings (carby, cheesy, crunchy, spicy, AND meaty).
  • Multi-craving comfort food: Stand-out recipes include Double-Potato Cheesy Gnocchi, Tofu Tikka Masala, Buttermilk Fried Oyster Mushrooms, and Almost Instant Chocolate Mousse.

In Craving Vegan, Sam pulls out all the stops and shares tricks you will turn to again and again to create epic vegan meals. We’re talking picture-perfect plant-based versions of Sunday morning eggs and gooey cheese, and even how to prepare the perfect vegan steak. The scrumptious recipes in Craving Vegan are proof that any dish you’re craving can be vegan—and satisfying and delicious too!

Sam is represented by Samantha Haywood.

Congratulations everyone!