Cottage Life Grill Guides

Cottage Life aims to own grilling as a recipe cat­e­gory. So when other mag­a­zines began pub­lish­ing grilling-​themed issues, the mag­a­zine responded with its own. The usual approach at other pub­li­ca­tions was a mix of recipes—appetizers, mains, maybe a dessert. To posi­tion Cottage Life as the grilling expert, I pro­posed a more focussed approach on a sin­gle food type each year, begin­ning in 2006—first steak, then burg­ers, chicken, ribs, fish and seafood, kebabs, and smoked food. I also assigned these fea­tures to put far more empha­sis on grilling tech­nique than is com­mon in other Canadian mag­a­zines.

The focussed approach turned the issues into keep­sakes; bring­ing in tech­nique with the recipes allowed rich and com­plex pack­ag­ing. Two of these fea­ture packages—chicken and smoked food—were rec­og­nized with Gold National Magazine Awards in the How To cat­e­gory; fish and seafood received an Honourable Mention.

Cottage Life

Food editing

Editorial development

Editorial Packaging

Gold National Magazine Award Winner 2013 

Gold National Magazine Award Winner 2008 

Gold International Regional Magazine Award Winner 2010

I worked with

Writers: Jane Rodmell and David Zimmer
Photographer: Edward Pond
Designer: Vicki Hornsby
Food Stylist: Ruth Gangbar