I just heard that James Barber passed away on Thursday. To me he was a Vancouver icon, a friendly and down to earth guy who loved to cook and to teach. He authored many delightful cookbooks, and had an honest approach to cooking, no frills or fuss for James!
He passed away while reading a cookbook....with a pot of soup simmering on his stove.
Goodbye James! I will miss you!
You can read a full story here: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2007/12/02/barber-tvchef-obit.html?ref=rss