Haller, James (1936 - )

Genre: Non-Fiction

Chef, author, lecturer, and entrepreneur James 'Buddy' Haller, originally from the Chicago area, lives in South Berwick, Maine.

In November 1970, he and two partners opened the Blue Strawbery restaurant in Portsmouth, NH, and for 16 years Haller was co-owner and executive chef at the renowned and popular restaurant.

Haller was featured on New Hampshire Public TV's The Holiday Chef in 1975, and was resident chef for Good Day on WCVB-TV (Boston) from 1975-1985.

In 1986, Haller left the Blue Strawbery and became executive chef and owner of a restaurant in Memphis (TN) for two years before becoming guest chef from 1988-1989 at The Creamery, Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire.

Since the early 1980s, Haller has spent time working with the terminally and critically ill,and was a volunteer and board member of Seacoast Hospice of Exeter, New Hampshire; one of his books offers help for people whose appetites wane when going through serious illness. Haller has lectured on food and cooking and given classes to hospice patients and their families.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Blue Strawbery Cookbook: Cooking Brilliantly Without Recipes (1976)
  • Another Blue Strawbery: More Brilliant Cooking Without Recipes (1983)
  • Cooking in the Shaker Spirit with Jeffrey Paige (1990)
  • What to Eat When You Don't Feel Like Eating (1994) won the Robert Pope Foundation Wellness Award
  • Food and Fitness with Rick Ferreira (1996)
  • Vie De France: Sharing Food, Friendship, and a Kitchen in the Loire Valley (2002)