December 7, 1927 |
|Years active||1981 - 2011|
|Organization||Company's Coming Publishing Limited|
|Known for||Author of Canada's most popular cookbooks|
|Notable work||Company's Coming|
|Children||Lyall Lovig, Brian Lovig, Grant Lovig and Gail Lovig|
|Awards||Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2003)|
Jean Paré, CM (born December 7, 1927) is a Canadian caterer, author of the Company's Coming cookbook series, and founder of Company’s Coming Publishing Limited. She is one of the top selling cookbook authors in the world, selling 30 million copies as of 2011. She had written over 200 cookbooks before her retirement in 2011. She now resides in Edmonton, Alberta.
In 2004, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest civilian honor.
Paré was born on December 7, 1927, in Irma, Alberta, Canada to Edward and Ruby Elford. The family later moved to Edmonton, Alberta. Jean married her first husband, Clarence Lovig. in 1946. In 1959, they moved to Vermilion, Alberta where they owned and operated the Vermilion Auction Mart. Later they built and operated the Vegreville Auction Mart as well. Jean and Clarence were divorced in the mid 1960s, leaving Jean on her own with two school-age children to support. Using a $1,000 loan from a local bank, she opened a small cafe in Vermilion. There, she met her second husband, Larry Paré, a single father of three children.
Jean Pare is best known as the author of Company's Coming cookbooks, published and distributed by Company's Coming Publishing Limited, which she co-founded in 1981. She oversaw publication of more than 17,000 kitchen-tested recipes and the publication of more than 200 cookbooks. After 30 years and 30 million cookbooks sold, she retired in February 2011. Among her many accomplishments was her appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada. Jean is the mother of four children, a grandmother many times over, a great-grandmother and a great-great grandmother.
Paré was also a principal shareholder in COMAC Food Group. That company owned Company's Coming Bakery Cafes, Grabbajabba Specialty Coffee, Pastels Cafes, and the Canadian rights to the Domino's Pizza franchise.
Company's Coming cookbooks
Prior to publishing cookbooks, Jean was a well known caterer in her home town of Vermilion, Alberta. Because of requests for her recipes, she wrote and published her first cookbook in 1981 at the age of 53. To begin, 15,000 copies of 150 Delicious Squares were produced, and sold in specially designed racks at gas stations, grocery stores and at local fairs. This first book was the start for Company's Coming Publishing Limited.
Jean went on to have more than 200 Company's Coming cookbooks published before her retirement in 2011. Her cookbooks are typically about a single subject with easy to follow recipes that rely upon readily available ingredients.
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