Barbara Gibbons, ‘Slim Gourmet’ columnist, dies at 79

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NEW YORK — Barbara Gibbons, the author of “The Slim Gourmet” syndicated column and cookbooks — and the original 208-pound customer for their low-calorie recipes — died March 26 at her home in Dallas. She was 79.

She had been ill for several years, her daughter, the Rev. Susan Gibbons Gillespie, said in confirming the death.

Gibbons, who began writing food columns for Family Circle magazine in 1971, was syndicated as “The Slim Gourmet” in about 200 newspapers nationwide by 1976, when she published her first book, “The Slim Gourmet Cookbook.”

The book reflected her many years of scouting and testing low-calorie recipes for waistline-busters like macaroni-and-cheese, chicken à la king, pizza, pancakes, chocolate pudding cake and what she called “man-pleasing beef stew.”

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