James Barber, 1923-2007
December 3, 2007 12:43 PM Subscribe
The Urban Peastant dies at 84.
posted by Bovine Love (38 comments total)
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I don't know if the show ever got any play in the U.S. but here in Canada I learned to cook as a student from James Barber's
show, The Urban Peasant, and from his books. They remain some of my all time favorites.
On screen and in his books he seems like a wonderfully personable and gentle man who loved food and cooking, especially when it had some cayenne and liquor/wine/beer in it. His books and show were wonderfully entertaining, informative and always left you with a smile and wanting to cook something.
Apparently he died reading a cookbook at the table with a pot of soup simmering on the stove. I think I would like to go that way.
We'll miss you James.