About Whitecap Books

Canadian book publishing with a west coast spirit

Whitecap Books is one of Canada's leading book publishers. Their diverse list features high-quality, visually appealing books on food, wine, health and well-being, regional history, and regional guidebooks.


The history of Whitecap Books

In 1977, Michael Burch founded Whitecap Books in Vancouver, B.C. Initially, Whitecap produced full colour titles, largely on different parts of British Columbia, and soon expanded into gardening books and history books of local interest. In 1987, their current publisher, Nick Rundall, joined Whitecap as a partner.

Whitecap has kept a strong indigenous publishing program then and now, and has expanded its subjects to include books on food and wine, which are now the core of their list.

Whitecap has published historical and cultural cookbooks, books of barbequing, smoking and planking secrets, illustrated books for those just starting out and those who with a special love of the whimsical in the kitchen, guides to the best wine, wine-makers, and beer recipes. They have also published books for ultimate health, books for those creating sugary confections, books on the cuisine of specific nations, books for those on special diets, and books of no-nonsense good cookery.

Whitecap titles are now available across North America, with distribution in the United States through Midpoint Books, and they can be found in traditional bookstores as well as a variety of alternative retail outlets, including museums, clothing stores, and cookware suppliers.

In 2012, Fitzhenry & Whiteside purchased Whitecap Books. Even though Fitzhenry & Whiteside is based in Markham, Ontario, Whitecap Books maintains its west coast spirit and its editorial and production office in the heart of Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood.

For more information on Whitecap Books visit the About Us section of their web site.