Urban Peasant, rest in peace

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James Barber, best known to Canadian cooking enthusiasts as the Urban Peasant, died suddenly at his farm in Duncan, BC on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at the ripe old age of 84.

His legacy, [Barber’s wife] said, would be the lives he’s changed for the better. “People came up to him all the time and told him that. He couldn’t go out without people coming up and saying that. I think he made people feel that they could do things they didn’t realize they could. He did it with his enthusiasm and passion. People would think they couldn’t cook, that it was a chore but he made it a pleasure.”

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2 Responses to “Urban Peasant, rest in peace”

  1. Fish
    December 3, 2007 at 3:14 pm #

    I grew up with the Urban Peasant. I remember coming home after school and watching his program over dinner. I liked his rough, no-frills approach to cooking. He was much like Chef Gusteau from Ratatouille.

  2. Adam
    December 3, 2007 at 3:18 pm #

    Same here! There were a few episodes I watched with my brothers where he’d cook with alcohol and take a swig for himself. I also loved how he always measured with his hands!