Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your guide to the best locally crafted fare

Available in Canada and the US, April 5, 2016 (TouchWood Editions)

Jennifer Cockrall-King in her vegetable garden, June 2012 (Photo credit: M. King) 

Jennifer Cockrall-King: I am the author of Food and The City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution, a book on the global movements in urban agriculture and urban food issues. Food and The City is published by Prometheus Books (2012). I am represented by Anne McDermid & Associates literary agency in Canada and the US. The Korean translation of Food and the City is available through Samcheoli Publishing and the Japanese translation is available through Hakusuisha Publishing.

I am also an independent journalist for many of Canada's best magazines and periodicals. My writing has appeared in publications such as Eighteen Bridges, Western Living, the Chicago Sun-Times, the National Post, Unlimited, Alberta Venture, City Palate, Homemaker’s, Maclean's, NUVO, UP! and many more publications.

I split my time between Edmonton (Alberta) and the Okangan Valley (BC). Once a year, I switch from writer to conference coordinator and producer to put on The Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop. Yes, it's as much fun as it sounds. It's open to writers of all levels. Basically, we eat, drink, wine tour, and fit in some professional development sessions to help you bring your food and wine writing to the next level. I bring in North America's top food and wine editors as guest instructors and the workshop is limited to 30 registrants to make sure that everyone gets a chance to learn in the two-and-a-half-day workshop in Okanagan wine country.

To balance my writing life, I have been training with the amazing Bushido Karate Association in Edmonton for over 14 years.

My current writing projects are Food Artisans of the Okanagan Valley which will be published in spring 2016 by Touchwood Editions. I am also working on a book about seed banks and seed savers around the world.

Writing Acknowledgements of Note:

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. I am very grateful for the recognition and for the monetary prize that helps get through the final stages of writing and editing.

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.

Photography: Edward J. Allen (

Photography: Edward J. Allen (