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Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 03:14 pm

RIP, Julianne

IT food writer dies

Julianne Glatz
We at Illinois Times are shocked and saddened by the passing of Julianne Glatz, our food writer who passed away last night in her sleep.

Glatz became a near-instant institution after her weekly column began in 2006. She wrote about more than just recipes. Over the years, readers came to know her takes on the origins of food, her adventures fixing up the historic farmhouse where she lived with her husband Peter and that unforgettable Thanksgiving when the power went out. Her recipes tended toward the simple side, and that was by design.

“My kids tell me I’m a food snob, and it’s an accusation to which I cheerfully plead guilty,” she wrote in her debut column. “But my snobbishness isn’t about exotic ingredients or fancy preparations – either when I’m cooking at home or dining out. … I get satisfaction creating a French chartreuse – an elaborate mosaic of precisely cut carrot and zucchini batons filled with a broccoli puree – for a special occasion, but I also have a deep sense of satisfaction when I make a salad from the first spring greens with the simplest of dressings. One of my strongest food memories is biting into a white peach I’d just picked from my grandparents’ tree.”

On a weekly basis, Glatz proved that she could write as well as she could cook, which is to say that she was marvelous on both fronts. She made it look effortless, and she will be deeply missed.

Contact Bruce Rushton at brushton@illinoistimes.com.

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