Jean Paré (pronounced “jeen PAIR-ee”) grew up understanding that the combination of family, friends and home cooking is the best recipe for a good life. When Jean left home, she took with her a love of cooking, many family recipes and an intriguing desire to read cookbooks as if they were novels!
When her four children had all reached school age, Jean volunteered to cater the 50th anniversary celebration of the Vermilion School of Agriculture, now Lakeland College, in Alberta, Canada. Working out of her home, Jean prepared a dinner for more than 1,000 people, launching a flourishing catering operation that continued for over 18 years.
As requests for her recipes increased, Jean was often asked the question, “Why don’t you write a cookbook?” The publication of 150 Delicious Squares on April 14, 1981, marked the debut of what would soon become one of the world’s most popular cookbook series.
Familiar and trusted in home kitchens around the world, Company’s Coming cookbooks are offered in a variety of formats. Highly regarded as kitchen workbooks, the softcover Original Series, with its lay-flat plastic comb binding, is still a favourite among readers.
Jean Paré’s approach to cooking has always called for quick and easy recipes using everyday ingredients. That view has served her well.
Jean continues to share what she calls The Golden Rule of Cooking: Never share a recipe you wouldn’t use yourself. It’s an approach that has worked—millions of times over!