James Barber (author)

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James Barber
Born 23 March 1923
Dover, Kent, England, U.K.
Died 29 November 2007 (age 84)
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Resting place
Cremation
Occupation TV presenter, chef, writer
Notable credit(s) The Urban Peasant (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
Website
http://www.james-barber.com

James Barber (March 23, 1923 – November 29, 2007) was an English-born Canadian cookbook author and host of The Urban Peasant, a CBC cooking show.

Barber worked as an engineer before becoming a food critic for The Province. He immigrated to Canada in 1952. His lifelong interest in food and writing and his increased knowledge in these areas naturally led him to become a cookbook author. Following his retirement, he spent his remaining years on his farm in British Columbia's Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. An energetic and passionate man with a large personality, Barber strove to empower others to do things for themselves.

Barber was married twice and fathered five children; 3 sons and 2 daughters. Perhaps fittingly, Barber died peacefully on November 29, 2007, at his farm of natural causes while sitting at the dining room table reading a cookbook with a pot of chicken soup simmering on the stove.[1] He was 84 years old and is survived by his wife and five children.

TV appearances[edit]

Newspapers and magazines[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Ginger Tea Makes Friends (Illustrated) (January 1977 ISBN 0-88894-169-2)
  • Ginger Tea Makes Friends (July 1982 Madrona Publishing ISBN 0-88894-148-X)
  • Flash in the Pan (July 1982 Douglas & McIntyre Ltd ISBN 0-88894-331-8)
  • James Barber Mushrooms Are Marvellous (1984 Douglas & McIntyre Ltd.; First edition ISBN 0-88894-444-6)
  • James Barber's Personal Guide to the Best Eating in Vancouver (October 1985 North Country Book Express ISBN 0-932722-10-5)
  • James Barber's Immodest but Honest Good Eating Cookbook (October 1986 Solstice Press ISBN 0-932722-12-1)
  • Urban Peasant (April 1991 Raincoast Book Dist Ltd ISBN 0-9694144-0-4)
  • Urban Peasant Quick & Simple Cookbook (June 16, 1993 Urban Peasant Productions ISBN 0-9697123-0-8)
  • The Urban Peasant: Recipes from the Popular Television Cooking Series (September 25, 1994 Hasting House Publishing ISBN 0-8038-9370-1)
  • Peasant's Choice (October 1, 1994 Urban Peasant Productions ISBN 0-9698398-2-0)
  • Peasant's Choice: More of the Best from the Urban Peasant Recipes from the Popular Television Cooking Series (March 1995 Hasting House Publishing ISBN 0-8038-9370-1)
  • Peasant's Alphabet: More of the best from the Urban Peasant (September 30, 1997 Urban Peasant Productions ISBN 0-9698398-4-7)
  • Cooking for Two: The Urban Peasant (January 1999 Macmillan Press ISBN 0-7715-7634-X)
  • Ginger Tea Makes Friends (August 2000 Raincoast Book Dist Ltd ISBN 1-55192-284-3)[2]
  • Flash in the Pan (August 2000 Raincoast Book Dist Ltd ISBN 1-55192-312-2)[3]
  • Fear of Frying (August 2000 Raincoast Book Dist Ltd ISBN 1-55192-310-6)[4]
  • Chef's Salad: Greens, Vegetables, Pasta, Bean, Seafood, Potato (April 1, 2003 ISBN 1-55285-419-1) James Barber (foreword)
  • One-Pot Wonders: James Barber Recipes for Land and Sea (July 10, 2006 Harbor ISBN 1-55017-378-2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV chef James Barber of The Urban Peasant fame dies". CBCNews.ca. December 2, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Ginger Tea Makes Friends, Flash in the Pan, and Fear of Frying". Cookbook Review Archive on VancouverWomen.com. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  3. ^ "Ginger Tea Makes Friends, Flash in the Pan, and Fear of Frying". Cookbook Review Archive on VancouverWomen.com. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Ginger Tea Makes Friends, Flash in the Pan, and Fear of Frying". Cookbook Review Archive on VancouverWomen.com. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 

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