One year ago today, our cookbook dream came true — Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley hit bookstore shelves across Canada. Since Sea Salt was released, we have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with our readers in person, through email and via social media. Hearing that you have enjoyed reading and cooking from our book — whether at sea or at home — and that you’ve even purchased copies for family and friends, is incredibly rewarding. Thank you for welcoming us into your kitchens and galleys.

We are thrilled to announce that Sea Salt was named ‘Best Fish + Seafood Cookbook in Canada’ by Gourmand International. Our book is now among seven finalists vying for the worldwide title in the same category. The winner will be announced at the Beijing Cookbook Fair Gourmand Awards in May and Hilary — our fearless cook and food stylist — will represent Sea Salt at the event. What’s more, Sea Salt is a contender for a Taste Canada food writing award in the regional/cultural category (finalists will be announced in August). It is truly an honour to be nominated alongside so many reputable chefs and cookbook authors.

We kicked off 2014 with appearances and cooking demonstrations on Global Noon News with Lynn Colliar and at the Vancouver International Boat Show and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. In March, three of our recipes were featured by House & Home magazine. The absolute highlight of 2014? Welcoming another little sailor — my second son — to our crew.

One of the questions we’ve been asked most often over the past year is, “What is it like working on a book with your family members?” After years of brainstorming, researching, writing, recipe testing, photographing and editing, we can say that there’s no greater satisfaction than pouring your heart into something you love with the ones you love.

Alison