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James Barber inducted into Taste Canada's Hall of Fame

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 3:48pm

James Barber was posthumously inducted into the Taste Canada Hall of Fame at the 2016 Awards Gala, alongside Quebec food journalist Julian Armstrong. The event honouring the top Canadian cookbooks across several categories including culinary narrative and single-subject cookbook took place on November 19th at Toronto's Arcadian Court. 

James Barber, author of over a dozen cookbooks including One-Pot Wonders, Peasant's Choice, and Cooking for Two, was most well-known as the host of the internationally acclaimed long-running cooking show The Urban Peasant. He was also a regular contributor to publications including Pacific Yachting, Western Living, and The Globe and Mail. Barber came to Canada from the UK in 1952, working as an engineer in Vancouver before entering into culinary writing and television. He retired to Vancouver Island and passed away on November 27, 2007, at the age of 84.

The Taste Canada Hall of Fame recognizes lifetime achievement in culinary writing. While the Taste Canada Awards are in their 19th year, the Hall of Fame was created in 2009, and two members, one living and one deceased, are nominated and inducted annually. Current members of the Taste Canada Hall of Fame include esteemed Canadian cookbook authors Rose Murray and Elizabeth Baird.