Company's Coming Cookbooks
Company's Coming and Jean Pare have written a cookbook for almost every cook from the very youngest to the very experienced. This fantastic series of cook books is extremely popular, covers many different types of cooking and most of the books are still readily available and affordable. A few of them are out-of-print or hard-to-find.
Company's Coming cookbooks are sought after by those trying to complete a collection and by those who simply know that Company's Coming Pies is wonderful, that Company's Coming Breads is superb and that the Desserts cookbook is packed with yummy recipes. Of course, Company's Coming has also done healthy cooking cookbooks with topics like low-fat, low-carb and diabetic cooking and more recently, craft books.
Whether you are already familiar with Company's Coming and Jean Pare or you have never heard of them, you will want to read on and find out what they are all about. If you have been trying to find a specific book, I hope this page and/or the large cookbook section in my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda, can help you in your search!
Jean Pare's Life, In Summary
Born and raised in Irma, Alberta (Canada), Jean Pare always loved being in the kitchen. At 18 she married her first husband who did well and life, for a while, was good. However, life with her troubled husband fell apart when he walked out. Pare and her children actually lived in a tent when her husband gambled away their finances.
She sold a rental property and obtained a bank loan to open a small diner. That wasn't a huge success unless you count the fact that she met her second husband, Larry Pare there. Then she opened a catering business in an effort to pay off some of the debts from her first marriage.
Through this catering business, she received numerous requests for her recipes and in the fall of 1980, working with her son, she created Company's Coming Publishing Limited. Her first cookbook - 150 Delicious Squares - was released on April 14, 1981 in Edmonton, Alberta. It marked the beginning of a hugely popular cookbook series that has seen more than 75 cookbooks created and more than 26 million sold. The Company's Coming brand does $18 million dollars of retail sales per year.
Today, at 74, she works with and creates recipes with the staff of the 'Recipe Factory.' She holds to her Golden Rule of Cooking: "Never share a recipe you wouldn't use yourself."
Jean Par considers family, friends and home cooking the best 'recipe' for a good life.
My mother-in-law would add never share one you have not tried before. The recipes from Company's Coming are tried and tested by the staff and by many cooks at home, too, so you cannot go wrong with these books!
Jean Pare: An Appetite For Life
Jean Pare's biography is the Company's Coming story
This intimate biography of internationally renowned cookbook author Jean Pare chronicles her family struggles and her amazing rise in the business world. A behind the scenes look at Canada's most famous cook - from her roots in small town Alberta to the Queen of the Company's Coming Cookbooks empire. It's a love story, a family story and, most importantly, a story of eternal hope.
Anyone who enjoys the Company's Coming cookbooks will enjoy this book. It tells Jean Pare's story in an easy-to-read format...and it is amazing to think that she was able to pull through difficult times and, in the end, create this phenomenal company. I personally found it an interesting life story.
Jean Pare's Golden Rule of Cooking:
"Never share a recipe you wouldn't use yourself."
Company's Coming 150 Delicious Squares
This is the cookbook that started it all and it remains one of the most popular original cookbooks.
This is the very first book that Jean Pare struggled to write and that launched a hugely successful enterprise. This book contains a wide selection of recipes that are easy to make and nicely photographed. The squares are perfect for events like weddings, showers, office parties and bake sales. Great trays can be put together with just a few of these squares.
Amazon Customer Review:
"I want to thank you for your wonderful cooking library-I could not live without your 150 Delicious Squares recipe book. I use it daily and have made almost everything in it. I have used recipes for weddings, anniversaries, as well as for home and bake sales. I will soon need to replace [it] from the use it received. It is getting worn." ~~ Sharon F., Nova Scotia
Company's Coming Brownie Recipe
Taken from Company's Coming 150 Delicious Squares
JEAN PARE'S BROWNIE RECIPE
A favourite of Jean Pare's mother, this is a recipe Jean Pare loved. Originally, it was made with melted chocolate but that has been changed to cocoa, which is the Jean Pare's preference. This square is one that Mrs. Pare used as a standard gift during many of her media appearances -- she said it travels well and chocolate is always well received.
Try this recipe and maybe you'll decide you want this, her very first cookbook! (By the way, this recipe came from the back of her biography, An Appetite for Life, and I do not actually know if this recipe appears within 150 Delicious Squares but I'm betting that it is a good indication of the quality of the squares found within this cookbook!)
1/2 c butter
1/4 c cocoa, sifted if lumpy
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 c flour
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/3 c icing sugar
1/3 c cocoa, sifted if lumpy
3 tbsp butter or hard margarine, softened
1 1/2 tbps prepared strong coffee or water
Heat butter and cocoa in small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted. Remove from heat.
Beat eggs in medium bowl until frothy. Add next 4 ingredients. Don't stir yet. Pour cocoa mixture over top. Stir well. Spread in greased 8 x 8 pan. Bake in 350 oven for 25 to 30 minutes until edges start to pull away from sides of pan and wooden pick inserted in centre comes out moist but not wet with batter.
Icing. Beat all 4 ingredients i medium bowl until smooth and light, adding more coffee or icing sugar if needed until spreading consistency. Spread on warm brownies. Let stand until icing is set before cutting. Cuts into 25 squares.
Jean Pare's Greatest Hits Series
Great recipes from earlier Company's Coming cookbooks.
A more recent series created by Jean Pare, is the Greatest Hits Series. It includes six titles: Mexican; Italian; Soups and Salads; Biscuits, Muffins and Loaves; Sandwiches and Wraps; and Dips, Spreads & Dressings. A wonderful group of cookbooks that includes recipes taken from the earlier Company's Coming cookbooks and organized under a single topic.
Two of these titles, The Mexican and The Italian, were issued as giftsets. I have a limited supply of the Italian one which arrives with an attractive artichoke serving dish available in my eBay store, Treasures By Brenda.
Can a cookbook create a Canadian identity?
Can a cookbook be a part of your country's identity? Do the recipes represent more than a way to prepare meals?
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Jean Pare has a cookbook for everybody. Her most sought after books are the Company's Coming Pies, Breads and Desserts books. I always have some Company's Coming cookbooks available, including brand-new books that are perfect for gift giving and hard-to-find books that are pre-owned but perfect for completing a collection!
Most of Jean Pare's cook books that are listed in my eBay store feature free or very low shipping charges.
Company's Coming Thai Coconut Chicken Recipe from the Book Low-Fat Express
Oover 140 healthy, tasty recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Try this one today!
1-1/4 cups (300 mL) prepared chicken broth
3 tablespoons (45 mL) lime juice
2 tablespoons (30 mL) soy sauce
1 tablespoon (15 mL) finely grated gingerroot
1 tablespoon (15 mL) grated lime zest
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon (1 mL) pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 to 6 oz/113 to 170 g each)
1/4 cup (60 mL) packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30 mL) reduced-fat peanut butter
1 tablespoon (15 mL) sweet chili sauce
1/2 cup (125 mL) light coconut milk
2 teaspoons (10 mL) cornstarch
Combine broth, lime juice, soy sauce, gingerroot, lime zest, garlic and pepper in a medium frying pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add chicken. Cook, covered, about 12 to 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, until chicken is no longer pink inside. Transfer chicken to a plate. Cover to keep warm.
Whisk brown sugar, peanut butter and chili sauce into broth mixture until smooth. Bring to a boil. Stir coconut milk into cornstarch in a small cup. Slowly add to broth mixture, stirring constantly with whisk, until boiling and slightly thickened. Serve with chicken.
Makes 4 servings. Per Serving:
304 Calories, 7.6 g Fat (2.7 g Saturated Fat), 22 g Carbohydrate, 35 g Protein, 1 g Fibre
Prolific Recipe Creator
Company's Coming has published more than 10,000 recipes to date, most of which she has created herself.
The Company's Coming Road To Success
If you still want more information on Jean Pare's Company's Coming cookbooks and the company, you can follow any one of these links.
- Jean Pare An Appetite For Life Book Club Questions
Here is a free list of 15 discussion questions you might find helpful for your book club book if you are reading Jean Pare An Appetite For Life.
- Company's Coming Cookbooks
This is the official Company's Coming website, home of Canada's most popular cookbooks.
- Company's Coming - Wikipedia
Company's Coming is a popular line of cookbooks that was started by Jean Par (pronounced "PAIR-ee") 25 years ago. The line of cookbooks has gone on to span over 100 and they have been sold all over the world.
She decides to do something and she goes for it.
She puts her everything into it and it turns out!
She's a winner!
Company's Coming Christmas Cookbooks
If you are thinking ahead to the holiday season, the ideas and recipes in these books will be of assistance!
Home for the Holidays
Make your holiday season a memorable one with festive menus, special features, fun crafts, party tips and decorating ideas.
Company's Coming for Christmas
This Christmas edition has everything from make-ahead breakfasts to dinner breads to turkey recipes and desserts. Many recipes can be prepared in advance making the busy day a bit easier. Also includes recipes for appetizers and Christmas crafts for your table.
Gifts from the Kitchen
Create dozens of homemade gifts from the heart with ingredients readily available in your kitchen! This exceptional cookbook and craft guide offers scores of presentation ideas, practical instructions, step-by-step photographs, and over 175 scrumptious recipes designed for gift-giving.
A great addition to your Company's Coming collection this one includes great idea for holiday gatherings.
"Food is a real ice breaker!" -- Jean Pare
Company's Coming Caribbean Muffin Recipe
Caribbean Muffins From Mostly Muffins.
Tropical flavours come together to delight your senses-coconut, mango and lime, with crunchy brazil nuts. Make these when you want to really impress!
All-purpose flour 1 cup (250 mL)
Whole wheat flour 1/2 cup (125 mL)
Natural oat bran 1/2 cup (125 mL)
Chopped brazil nuts (or almonds), 1/4 cup (60 mL)
Baking powder 2 tsp. (10 mL)
Baking soda 1/2 tsp. (2 mL)
Salt 1/4 tsp. (1 mL)
Packages of key lime dessert tofu 2 (5.35 oz., 150 g, each)
Granulated sugar 1/2 cup (125 mL)
Large egg 1
Chopped fresh (or frozen) mango 1 cup (250 mL)
Mashed overripe banana 1/2 cup (125 mL)(about 1 medium)
Dark (navy) rum 2 tsp. OR 1/8 tsp. (.5 ml) rum extract plus 2 tsp. (30 mL) water
Lime juice 2 tsp. (10 mL)
Grated lime zest 1 tsp. (5 mL)
Coconut extract 1/2 tsp. (2 mL)
Finely chopped brazil nuts (or almonds), 2 tbsp. 30 mL
Brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup 60 mL
Butter (or hard margarine) 1 tbsp. 15 mL
Lime juice 2 tsp. 10 mL
Dark (navy) rum (or 1/8 tsp., 2 tsp. 10 mL
0.5 mL, rum extract plus 2 tsp.,
10 mL, water)
Measure first 7 ingredients into large bowl. Stir. Make a well in centre.
Beat tofu, granulated sugar and egg in medium bowl until smooth. Add next 6 ingredients. Stir. Add to well. Stir until just moistened. Fill 12 greased muffin cups 3/4 full.
Sprinkle with second amount of brazil nuts. Bake in 375F (190C) oven for about 25 minutes until wooden pick inserted in centre of muffin comes out clean.
Glaze: Combine all 4 ingredients in small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium. Heat and stir for about 1 minute until slightly thickened. Spoon over hot muffins. Let stand in pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool. Makes 12 muffins.
222 Calories; 6.2 g Total Fat (1.9 g Mono, 2.1 g Poly, 1.8 g Sat); 21 mg Cholesterol; 37 g Carbohydrate; 2 g Fibre; 6 g Protein; 189 mg Sodium
Jean Par considers family, friends and home cooking the best 'recipe' for a good life.
"[Jean has] turned adversity into opportunity, and used her boundless energy to delight her thousands of fans in Canada and beyond. She has brought simplicity to the dining table, never forgetting that plain food tastes better when served on fine china." -- M. Nightingale, Saltscapes, Canada's East Coast Magazine
© 2008 Treasures By Brenda
What do YOU think of Jean Pare's efforts and her Company's Coming cookbooks?
anonymous on August 29, 2011:
These are new cook books to me. I don't know how you do, but you can make a lens about cook books and make it great. Blessed.
Linda Pogue from Missouri on April 22, 2011:
I can't wait to try the brownie recipe! Thanks for a great site. Please visit my cooking sites, too.
alika2010 on February 09, 2010:
I like cooking. Thanks for information!
ThomasC on May 05, 2009:
These Company's Coming cookbooks look great! Had never heard of them until now! I like how you can get them by food product! Blessed, this lens deserves better rank!
jolou on February 17, 2009:
I think one reason why her cookbooks are so popular is they are quite economical, she uses ingredients most people have in their homes already and most are fast and easy to make. I love her casserole cookbook. Great lens too!
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on January 23, 2009:
Great Idea on a Great Canadian Lady! 5* I gave my daughter my Jean Pare Cookbooks when she went away to university. Muffins, Casseroles, etc. Cookbooks that are nice even for the beginner cook. The spiral-bound ones don't take up a lot of room in the suitcase. Lenrolling to my Who is Jean Pare? lens. Cheers:)
ElizabethJeanAl on December 17, 2008:
My husband collects cookbooks. He would love one of these.Great lensLizzy
julieannbrady on November 16, 2008:
I had not been familiar with Jean Pare's cookbooks before reading your lens. For the most part, because all of our friends are into lots of socializing and tailgating, etc., we sure could use low-carb, low-calorie recipes. It's a challenge when a particular friend comes to our house -- I have to prepare 2 separate chili recipes, and then leave pork and bacon products out of other recipes and certain spices.
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on November 05, 2008:
Great lens, I love cookbooks, don't use the recipes too often, but I imagine how good they are going to taste when I look at the pictures and ingredients list. 5***** well deserved.
Robin S from USA on October 30, 2008:
Thank you for a great addition to the Cabaret Squidoo group!
Helen on August 24, 2008:
I have quite a collection of Company's Coming cook books and they are my most used ones as well. Great lens and welcome to the home cooking group!
JoeTedesco on August 01, 2008:
I don't even want to try to fake that I know something about anything on this lens except how to eat the food.
KimGiancaterino on June 29, 2008:
You did a great job! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z. I'm also giving your lens a Squid Angel Blessing.