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Canadian Food Legend Dies

December 5, 2007 | By More

Cookbook author and television chef James Barber, who appeared on CBC-TV for 10 years as The Urban Peasant, has died.

The 84-year-old food enthusiast lived his final years on a four-hectare farm in Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, where he bred miniature donkeys and tended to his fruits and vegetables. His wife, Christina Burridge, says her husband died of natural causes Thursday at home.

“As far as we can tell, James was sitting at the dining room table, he was reading a cookbook, and he had a pot of soup simmering on the stove. So
he definitely left this world in a way that he would have wanted to, but I think he would have been pretty upset about the timing,” she told CBC News.

Barber was known worldwide, as The Urban Peasant was sold to at least 120 countries. He is also the author of a dozen cookbooks, two books on where to eat in Vancouver and one children’s book.

Barber’s last book, One Pot Wonders, was released in July.

Category: Food

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