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James Barber, RIP

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hungry_pangolin Dec 7, 2007 09:13 AM

James Barber, best known in Canada as host the television programme The Urban Peasant, recently passed away. Here is a link to an obituary.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servle...

  1. jmckee Dec 7, 2007 09:14 AM

    I only saw this series sporadically when I got interested in food. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    What a great guy.

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      Blueicus Dec 7, 2007 09:28 AM

      I watched the show as a kid and I always remember enjoying it. Admittedly some of the food (if I recall correctly) was a little sketchy, but it was fun.

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      MrsCris Dec 7, 2007 09:35 AM

      I loved The Urban Peasant, a very accessible program for me in my early cooking days. I can still recall a 'comfort food' episode, where James wore a housecoat throughout the show and made some wonderful recipes I still make today.

      1. starlady Dec 7, 2007 04:51 PM

        I watched the Urban Peasant as a kid too and thought it was great.
        I also had the great pleasure of meeting James and seeing him at Food and Wine events numerous times. He remembered my name, after meeting a couple of times.
        Wonderful man, will be sorely missed. A blow to the foodie community of Vancouver nad Victoria (Vancouver Island).

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          hungry_pangolin Dec 8, 2007 04:29 AM

          I'll add my reminiscence... as a kid, I was able to catch his show after school sometimes. In later years, as I learned more, I learned less from him. His technique was often a bit rough-hewn, the dishes fairly simple and occasionally suspect. BUT, he was a great introduction for the neophyte, with his occasionally salty affability. and if there was one great lesson of his, it was to be fearless. I got the sense that if the dish wasn't perfect, add more sauce, serve more wine, and everyone will still have a good time. All that said, I still have in my repetoire a dish I learned from him, and it's *really* good... chicken with white wine, lemon, green grapes, and tarragon. YUMM.

          1. JamieK Jan 6, 2008 08:50 AM

            I learned how to make really good creamy scrambled eggs by watching his show and I sometimes still think of him when I'm cook them. He was entertaining and I ended up buying of few of his books. He was a character.

            1. AnneInMpls Jan 6, 2008 12:30 PM

              Oh, I loved the Urban Peasant TV show! I wanted to be part of James Barber's circle of friends, so I could sit around and have him cook - and talk - for me. I'll miss him.

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                cookingschool Jan 7, 2008 12:17 PM

                The Urban Peasant was one of the first cooking shows I ever watched. I just loved him, too! I still make a salmon dish I learned from him. I loved his set...so cozy and homey. Didn't "Bill the Mailman" drop in for lunch occasionally? I thought Mr. Barber was a good teacher.

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                wontonfm Jan 8, 2008 09:02 PM

                I used to love that show when I was a kid! My mom used to HATE that I watched that show because he had some less than hygenic kitchen habits. But how I loved him. Haven't seen that show in years... I wonder if some far flung cable network has reruns....

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