Sunday, December 2, 2007

In Memoriam: James Barber

We've learned today that James Barber, best known as The Urban Peasant, died of natural causes at his home last Thursday. Unlike the vast majority of snotty cooking shows which often include really obscure items, Barber made a point of doing recipes on his show using ingredients we can get at most supermarkets.

Barber was well published long before his TV days, going back to the 1970s; but it was on his show that he issued a unique challenge. He dared his viewers to call a pizzeria or any place that delivered at the start of his show; and if they delivered before the 30 minutes was up he'd pay the viewer a thousand bucks. He never had to during the show's ten year run.

KISS: Keep it Simple, Stupid. That applies to food as well -- eating healthy without being too complicated.

Another one bites the dust, sadly ...

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