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Sea Salt Wins Third at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 5:57pm

Congratulations to Nanaimo-based authors Alison Malone Eathorne, Hilary Malone and Lorna Malone, whose cookbook Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley (Harbour Publishing; $29.95) has won third place in the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’ competition for the World’s Best Fish and Seafood Book. The results were announced at the first Beijing Cookbook Fair on May 20 and 21, 2014, which Hilary Malone attended to accept the award. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards had named Sea Salt Canada’s Best Fish and Seafood Book in late 2013, which made it eligible for this worldwide honour.

Sea Salt is the collaborative project of the Malone family, who have been exploring Canada’s West Coast together aboard their sailboat, Aeriel, for over twenty years, ever in search of ways to add a local touch to their family fare. Gorgeously illustrated with the fresh photography of Christina Symons, the recipes feature ingredients from many of the one-of-a-kind farmers’ markets and food and drink artisans found along our coast. Now, Sea Salt has put these local foodie hotspots on the map to an even greater extent with this recognition from the international culinary community.

Alison Malone Eathorne is a freelance author who’s written travel, food and design articles for publications such as Western Living, BC Home, and Where Vancouver, and contributed her writing chops to the book. Her sister, Hilary Malone, is the fearless cook of the family—she won the Gold Medal in the Skills Canada BC 2013 competition, is a graduate of Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts Program, and contributed most of Sea Salt’s recipes. Their mother, Lorna Malone, has been sailing for over thirty years and is a veteran of yacht races like the Van Isle 360° International Yacht Race, a two-week circumnavigation of Vancouver Island—planning meals for the crew of eight helped to inspire this book.

The other awards in the Best Fish and Seafood category went to 95 Kelp Recipes by Riko Yamawaki of Japan (first place) and FAO 37.2.1 by Klemen Kosir and Janez Marolt of Slovenia (second place). Other Canadian cookbooks honoured at the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards include: Recontres Inspirantes Pour une Cuisine Inspirée by Mélanie Champoux (Blurb), winner of a special Prestige Award of the jury; Alice Eats by Pierre Lamielle (Whitecap), second place winner for Best Illustrations; Decades of Decadence by Rebecca Klemke and Lois O’Connor (Friesen Press), third place winner for Historical Recipes; The Complete Leafy Greens Cookbook by Susan Sampson (Robert Rose), first place winner for Vegetarian/Vegan; Les Saveurs Gastronomiques de la Biére by David Levesque, Martin Thibault and David Gingras (Editions Druide), first place winner for Beer; On M’Appelle Chef Themis et J’aime Ça by JL Themistocle Randriantiana (Editions Chefs en Scènes), first place winner for Charity/Fundraising in North America; TheSalmon Recipes (Prince Rupert Environmental Society), second place winner for Charity/Fundraising in North America; and From the Ambassador’s Table by Margaret H. Dickinson (Random House Canada), winner of a Special Award for Best Authors and Chefs. For more information and a complete list of winners, go to