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One-Pot Wonders

James Barber's Recipes for Land and Sea

by (author) James Barber

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jun 2006
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2006
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2019
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James Barber--Canada's most famous television chef and author
of more than fourteen best-selling cookbooks--is back with a
delicious new book geared toward people who are wet and cold and want dinner in a hurry.
Over the years, Barber has whipped up meals while cruising on seiners, yachts and even a wee Davidson dinghy, so he knows first-hand the challenges of cooking on the ocean in a tiny--or non-existent--galley. One-Pot Wonders makes gourmet cuisine accessible to the average cook, featuring over one hundred simple recipes for mouth-watering soups and salads, hearty breakfasts, delectable desserts and exquisite one-pot main dishes that can be served for lunch or dinner. Each dish is easy and quick to prepare, uses readily available ingredients and only a few essential kitchen tools. There are also tips on how to stock your galley and many suggestions for recipe substitutions and variations to address diminishing supplies--a common occurrence at the end of a long trip.
From Fancy Oyster Stew to Banana Omelette to Chicken Biryani or Asian Almost Risotto, these recipes will buoy your spirits and keep you afloat!  So come aboard: let James Barber share his passion for good food and inspire you to enjoy a fine meal after a long day out on the water.

About the author

James Barber (1923-2007) was best recognized as the host of the internationally acclaimed TV series The Urban Peasant. His best-selling books include One-Pot Wonders, Peasant's Alphabet Peasant's Choice and Cooking for Two. He was a regular contributor to a wide range of publications including Pacific Yachting, the Globe & Mail, Western Living, the Georgia Straight and the Vancouver Province. Barber died at the age of 84 on November 27, 2007 at his home in Duncan BC.


"[Barber] shared with his many fans his surprise that food preparation had been hidden behind a wall of jargon and false expertise"
- Tom Hawthorn, The Globe and Mail

James Barber's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Barber's recipes will keep you happy!"
--RV Times

RV Times

"One-Pot Wonders is one cookbook that truly lives up to its title."
--Library Bookwatch

Library Bookwatch

"This will probably end up being the most stained, pages-stuck-together book in your kitchen."
--Angela Murrills, The Georgia Straight

The Georgia Straight

"Ingredients are mixed in such amazing and sometimes startling combinations that your taste buds will be electrified...
"Barber's wit is worth going back for seconds, and so are his recipes. One-Pot Wonders is a must for every galley, every kitchen, and every campfire."
--Catherine Dook, Boat Journal

Boat Journal

"One of his best yet."
--"Editor's Choice", WHERE Vancouver

WHERE Vancouver

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