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Barbara Albright; wrote books on food, knitting; at 51

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Barbara Albright, a prolific writer of food and knitting books, died Wednesday of a brain tumor, her husband said. She was 51.

Ms. Albright wrote about 25 books, including ``1,001 Reasons to Love Chocolate," which she co-wrote with Mary Tiegreen. She often appeared as a guest on television programs.

She was a former editor-in-chief of The Chocolatier magazine and was a freelance food writer for the Associated Press.

``She's my sweetheart," said her husband, Ted Westray. ``She had lots of friends. She was supremely talented. She was really full of life. I don't think I ever saw her cry. She's going to be dearly missed."

Ms. Albright was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May, he said.

Ms. Albright, who grew up in Nebraska and lived in Wilton for 11 years, had taken up knitting and wanted to get a sheep farm, Westray said.

``I never ever saw a bad day out of that woman," said Amy Barr, a longtime friend. ``Her life was brownies and margaritas."

In addition to her husband, Ms. Albright leaves two children.

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