Meet Mairlyn

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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, and the self proclaimed funniest home economist in the world.

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 five 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.

Healthy Starts Here! is her baby – The book she finally got to write about healthy eating and nutrition all presented with her comedic flare, oh, and there are 130 recipes that taste too good to be good for you as well.

The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook which she worked on as concept developer, recipe tester, writer and  editor with The Ontario Home Economics Association was shortlisted for a Taste Canada Food Writing Award and won the CBC’s People Choice Award at the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards in 2013.

A freelance writer with articles appearing in major magazines in Canada, Mairlyn is a regular contributor to The Province newspaper in Vancouver as well as Fresh Juice magazine.

Mairlyn is a regular guest expert on CityLine and Breakfast TV in Toronto.

You can reach her anytime with questions, concerns or comments at