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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 writes about food, drinks, cooking, and nature, and is 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. It won the 2017 Taste Canada Gold Award for Culinary Narratives.


She has co-authored a cookbook called Tawaw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine with her friend chef Shane Chartrand. Tawaw will be published October 2019 by House of Anansi Press.


Jennifer is also working 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:

  • Food Artisans of the Okanagan and Similkameen: Your Guide to the Best Locally Crafted Fare (TouchWood Editions, 2016) won the 2017 Taste Canada Gold Award in Culinary Narratives.


  • “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.




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#BCwinechat excited to get an early Christmas gift from @Blackcloudwine #altostratus is a favourite of mine & my hubby

The phenomenal Shane @Koyczan comes to Edmonton's Myer Horowitz Theatre January 20th and Winnipeg's @TheGarrickWPG January 26th!

Don't miss out. Tickets:
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Generous gift from @blackcloudwine, the alpha and omega, as @jennifer_ck called these two bottles of #pinotnoir. I was going to have a "Pie and Port Party" this winter, but now I think it…

I go to Kelowna for the wine and happily now, for gelato. Read my Eat North article on @enjoyqbgelato here: Small batch, made fresh: QB Gelato in Kelowna - via @eatnorthca #YLW #YLWfood #explorebc #okanagan

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