Jean Paré, author of ‘Company’s Coming’ cookbooks, dies in Edmonton at age 95 | PKBNEWS

An Alberta-born mother of four whose “Company’s Coming” cookbooks have become ingredient-stained props on kitchen shelves around the world has died aged 95.

A statement from his family indicates that Jean Paré died on Christmas Eve in Edmonton.

Pare has written over 200 cookbooks, beginning with the release of “150 Delicious Squares” in 1981, followed by other popular titles such as “30-Minute Weekday Meals” and “5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes.”

They have sold millions of copies in Canada, the United States, Australia, and other global markets.

“She leaves behind a community of friends in both Edmonton and Vermilion, Alberta, as well as countless fans and readers around the world,” her family’s statement read.

Born in 1927 in Irma, Alberta, Paré’s life in the professional kitchen began, according to the Company’s Coming Publishing Limited website, when she volunteered to host the 50th anniversary celebration of the Vermilion School of Agriculture, now Lakeland College, Alberta in 1963. .

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Paré then had a successful career in the restaurant business for nearly 20 years before starting Company’s Coming Publishing in 1980 with his son, Grant Lovig.

“She was not a difficult cook at all. She liked to cook things that were easy to prepare and delicious – that was the main thing,” said her granddaughter, Amanda Lovig Hagg, who worked for Company’s Coming.

“She was always available for a recipe question. When I first moved, I probably called her several times a month…and she tasted everything I made.

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Paré wrote and published cookbooks for three decades before retiring in 2011.

According to his family, his passions outside of cooking included traveling and helping people in need, especially women. She liked to tell a good joke and couldn’t resist chocolate, often eating her dessert first.

Paré was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2004. She was also a collector of cookbooks and donated 6,700 of them to the culinary collections of the University of Guelph Library.,

Lovig Hagg said her grandmother was always surprised whenever she was approached by a fan or recognized in public, and conversations quickly turned to recipes.

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She said her grandmother had sponsored children through the Foster Parents Plan and World Vision Canada, and the two traveled to Haiti together to visit the children they had sponsored.

Paré was still living independently in her own suite at a seniors’ home in Edmonton, Lovig Hagg said, where she still had her own kitchen.

On Christmas Eve evening, when Lovig Hagg heard her grandmother was gone, she put her kids to bed, walked the dog, then went to the kitchen and started making “Breakfast Pull-A- Parts” from “Company’s Coming for Christmas”. .”

“I just felt better rolling this dough in cinnamon and butter and rising these cinnamon rolls overnight for the morning,” she said.

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