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Mairlyn Smith

Home economist and food writer

Mairlyn Smith is the only professional home economist and food writer in Canada that is also an alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe making her a popular TV and media food personality. Her ability to mix learning with laughter is her forte.

Mairlyn has been seen on every morning show across Canada and is a regular on Breakfast TV in Toronto as well as the popular and award winning CityLine.

In 1976 she graduated with a degree in Home Economics from the University of British Columbia. She then returned to UBC and completed her Teaching Certificate before going on to teach Home Economics and head the Department of Fine Arts at Balmoral Junior High.

Unable to shake the acting bug, Mairlyn enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California. Then, like most Canadian actors in the 1980s, she moved to Toronto to find work. Mairlyn has been seen on over 100 television commercials, performed on live stage including the Second City Comedy Troupe, and has been in many TV shows as well as films. Her versatility in acting and cooking with a comedic flair landed her the job as a host of Harrowsmith Country Life and a subsequent Gemini Nomination.

The author of three best selling cookbooks, Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health and don’t forget the chocolate! which she co-authored with dietician Liz Pearson, won Gold at the Cuisine Canada Cookbook Awards making it the first healthy book to ever win Gold at these prestigious Canadian Culinary Awards.

Her latest book Healthy Starts Here! Looks at the super foods that can make a huge difference to your health, and yes one of those super foods is chocolate!
Hate Grocery Shopping? Here's How to Love

Hate Grocery Shopping? Here's How to Love it

I love shopping for food, which could explain why nothing fits me when I go shopping for clothes. After many years of shopping when everyone in town plus their five kids are in the store, I have a couple of tips to help you survive the expedition.
05/09/2012 11:44 EDT
My All-Time Favourite Big

My All-Time Favourite Big F-Word

We just aren't getting enough of it. And the bottom line is we need it in our lives. As a matter of fact, most of us are getting so little of it, we're crabby, tense, and our health is suffering.
04/17/2012 09:26 EDT
How to Avoid Mindless

How to Avoid Mindless Eating

By and large, Canadians are a society of rapid eaters. We power eat and then dash off, bypassing the time-consuming part of the meal: enjoying the flavours. Dinner hour is melting down to dinner five minutes as our behinds get bigger and bigger.
04/11/2012 09:39 EDT
This March Break, Invite Your Kids Into Your

This March Break, Invite Your Kids Into Your Kitchen

Sure there are family field trips to go on, movies to watch, and adventures to take part in, but all too often by about Tuesday afternoon most parents are going to start hearing, "I'm bored!" Why not invite them into your kitchen and start cooking with them?
03/09/2012 09:41 EST
Spring Clean Your

Spring Clean Your Fridge

The old adage "When in doubt, throw it out" rings true in your fridge. My dad always does the sniff test, but the problem is you can't smell bacteria when it first starts growing. When something starts to smell it's usually so far gone that it becomes a no- brainer to pitch it out.
03/01/2012 09:17 EST
A Letter From Your

A Letter From Your Heart

Are you trying to kill me? I'm beating over 100,000 times every single day to keep all systems going. I don't want to brag or anything, but without me you'd be dead. OK, I'll admit the brain is helpful, but it has such a huge ego -- and I'm the one doing all of the work. I'm just not getting any respect.
02/21/2012 12:27 EST