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Writer Bio

Jennifer Cockrall-King is a Canadian writer and author based in Naramata, in British Columbia’s  Okanagan Valley. She is the Western Editor of Cottage Life magazine, and a contributing editor and columnist for the award-winning Canadian narrative journalism magazine Eighteen Bridges.


For the past several years, Jennifer has been writing about urban issues such as food culture, food security, urban planning and urban agriculture. Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution (Prometheus Books, 2012) is her first book. It is in translation in French, Japanese, and Korean.


Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your Guide to Locally Crafted Fare (TouchWood Editions, 2016) is her second book. It includes over 125 interviews with farm-to-table chefs, bakers, beekeepers, orchardists, farmers, market gardeners, butchers and charcutiers, fisherpeople, coffee roasters, distillers, craft brewers, chocolatiers, millers, foragers, cheesemakers, fishmongers, and producers of fine craft food products.


She is currently at work on a book about seed banks and seed savers around the world, tentatively titled Going to Seed: Racing to Save the World’s Food Supply.


Of note:

  • “Three-Ring Meal: Grasping the Novelty of Modern Dining,” originally published by Eighteen Bridges magazine has been included in Best Food Writing 2016 (Da Capo Press / Lifelong Books, 2016)


  • Recipient of the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award 2011 for my submission of a chapter-in-progress of Food and The City. The Dave Greber Award is a national book and magazine writers’ award that recognizes excellence in social justice writing by a Canadian author (and a Canadian magazine writer) each year.


  • 2010 finalist at Western Magazine Awards for Business Feature: Retail Therapy, published by Alberta Venture magazine.


  • Names one of Western Living magazine’s “40 Foodies Under 40” — October 2008 issue.


  • 2008 National Magazine Award finalist as a contributor to the November / December 2007 issue of Unlimited magazine  / “Editorial Package” category.


  • 2007 Sandy Sanderson National Award Winner, Canadian Federation of Chefs and Cooks.


  • Shortlisted for Cuisine Canada’s Best Food and Drink Writing award 2006.




Enjoying the Sneak-a-peek preview of the @rygafest, multi-disciplinary arts festival in #Summerland with @RozDB. This four-day #artsfestival runs Aug 29 to Sept 2. Features #spokenword,…

A big thanks to @ReadLocalBC for including #foodartisansoftheokanagan among your #books for #gastronomictravellers #okanagan

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What's your favourite kids' book that involves food? In the Night Kitchen, Blueberries for Sal... this Saturday I'm part of Love Your Library Day, a citywide event taking place at every library in #yyc from 10-2-I’ll be hosting storytime at the Giuffre Family Library at 11 am!

Hitting mailboxes & bookstores soon: our Summer 2018 issue! In issue 12, @robbie_jeffrey looks into the vanishing rural life, @jennifer_ck tastes space food, and more! Plus new fiction from Lisa Moore & poetry from @BillyRayB. Subscribe here: #yegwrites

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