I am the editor of the cancer-fighting cookbook “Inspired Cooking” (Fresh Air Publishing, December 2016). It has been called “the best cookbook of its kind” and “the best edited cookbook of the year” by The Best of Food & Wine radio show with Anthony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson. You can click here to listen to the broadcast featuring Vikram Vij and me discussing the cookbook.
“Inspired Cooking” features profiles of Canada’s leading chefs — including Vij, Michael Smith, Dale MacKay and Connie DeSousa — discussing the role nutrition plays in their lives and how their restaurants are helping to shape Canadians’ views of nutrition for the 21st century. The cookbook includes more than 60 recipes. It was produced by InspireHealth, a government-funded non-profit agency that provides supportive cancer care for patients across Canada. InspireHealth helped my beloved wife, Julia Pelish-Brijbassi, following her diagnosis of cancer in 2015. She passed away in March 2016 and the “Inspired Cooking” project features her amazing photography.
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Adrian Brijbassi is the co-founder and CEO of Elevation Media Solutions Inc., which owns and operates Vacay.ca, the leading online travel magazine focused on Canadian destinations and culture. He is the creator of the “Triumph the Lion” multimedia project (launching in 2018), which will feature a novel, film and digital media experience. He has appeared frequently on CTV News Channel, TSN Radio and CJSF.ca Radio, discussing creative writing, journalism and travel. His novel “50 Mission Cap” was praised by Writer’s Digest for presenting “an impressively complex look at young athletes and the potentially disastrous effects of the pressure placed upon them.” Adrian is also a former manager of social media and advocacy at Destination Canada (Canadian Tourism Commission), was the deputy travel editor at the Toronto Star, and has formerly worked at New York Newsday as an assistant news editor and the Vancouver Sun as deputy sports editor. Adrian won multiple awards for his writing while taking MFA courses at Southampton College in New York and has won eight travel writing awards from NATJA, including for best destination article published in a newspaper in both 2010 and 2011. He also holds a journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a judge for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List and the creator of the Original Top 50 Restaurants in Canada List.
Short Stories: Published
• *+“Scream” (Southampton Review, Issue No. 1, Summer, 2007)
• *#^“Nothing to Be Afraid Of” (Confrontation, Issue No. 84/85, Winter, 2004)
• ^“Canada Geese Mate for Life” (Confrontation, Issue No. 82/83, Summer, 2003)
• “Sharks in the Moonlight”(Proteus, Spring, 2003)
• “The Prince” (East Hampton Star, January, 2003)
• “Reject This!” (Proteus, Spring, 2002)
+Pushcart Prize nominee
*Finalist for Glimmer Train short story award
#Winner of the Sarah Tucker Prize for Fiction
^Winner of Southampton’s Whitman Award for Fiction
• “50 Mission Cap”
• “Triumph the Lion”
• “A Final and Lasting Solitude”
• “This Sure Ground”
Travel Writing Awards
- 2011 NATJA Gold and Bronze: Destination Article published in an International Newspaper with a daily circulation greater than 250,000. “Chasing the Big Five” won first place; “Freedom Found in Curacao” won third.
- 2011 NATJA Gold: Best Newspaper Series for “The Grand Tour,” shared with Jim Byers, the Toronto Star’s Travel Editor. My articles in the series include: Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, St. Petersburg and Cape Town.
- 2010 NATJA Gold and Silver: Destination Article published in an International Newspaper with a daily circulation greater than 250,000. “Beauty and the Beach in Bamfield” won first place; “Montreal’s indie music scene sizzles” was second.
- 2010 NATJA Silver: Travel Series for South Africa World Cup Preview articles.