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Old Dec 3rd, 2007, 09:21 AM   #1
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TV's Urban Gourmet, James Barber Dies - RIP

From CBC News:

"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."

Full story here: Arts - TV chef James Barber of The Urban Peasant fame dies

I've been a fan of cooking shows all my life and James was my all time favourite. He had that comfortable stance in the kitchen and his philosophy was simply, "whatever works" and "use what you've got". He will be missed.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2007, 09:30 AM   #2
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RIP; I was a big fan of James; "Alright...heavy exhale from the nose...".

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He was always throwing yogurt in where it didn't belong but I liked his show. I once read a book review by him and it was brilliantly written.
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I was definitely a fan of James Barber, my world is a little smaller with him gone. Sad news indeed.
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I was definitely a fan of his show. Always seemed so down to earth and genuine, sometimes it was nice to simply have The Urban Peasant on in the background for his comforting voice.
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