is a very short biography and if you want more information
you can visit the contributor's website where you will usually
find contact details. If you wish us to pass a message on
those of you who are regulars to the site will know, I am
always keen to find out about our contributors, whether
they are amateur or professional chefs. I suppose you could
call me just plain nosey. Anyway it is time to spill the
beans on Bill Hilbrich. I got an email from Bill some time
ago but what with my hospital stay and a few business problems
afterwards I have been slow in putting this page together.
is how Bill described himself:
am a middle aged eccentric, pleasantly single again after
a long marriage. Cooking as a hobby came shortly after cooking
became a neccessity in my new solo lifestyle. It also became
my mission to remind people who are suddenly on their own,
either by choice as in my case, or by chance, that learning
how to cook a healthy meal is one of their most immediate
and important challenges.
alone, requires more creativity to maintain interest, stay
on a budget, and still remain healthy. Learning to cook
solo style meals has become my new hobby and can be very
useful for those of us who choose to remain independent.
grew up in Glenview, Illinois, just north of Chicago.
being an undergraduate, I worked for the Illinois Department
of Mental Health writing job descriptions . . . which may
have been my first job that required any creativity. Then
back to school for a Graduate Degree in Hospital Administration,
followed by fifteen years of "administrivia" in
Veterans Hospitals in five different states.
last job with the VA was in Saint Cloud, Minnesota where
I have lived for 25 years now. I did not start cooking until
after I left the government and started working afternoons
and evenings as a professional fundraiser. Because of the
odd hours I had to make my own dinner. I also enjoy baking,
and because there is too much for me to eat, I bring a lot
of muffins and cookies to work for my co-workers.
I was saddened to receive this email in the middle of December.
To all of Bill’s friends, close and far, it is with great
sadness that William Hilbrich, my father, passed away
this evening (5th December 2015). Bill had been in declining
health for a few years, and over the past two months that
decline accelerated quickly. It is of no surprise my father
did not want a funeral service, as he was never one to
stand on ceremony. If you have the inkling to send flowers,
please do not – instead donate in his name to Feeding
America, a domestic hunger-relief charity.
I am also not someone to stand on ceremony though I will
leave you all with a few statements. I am what I am today
because of the values he (and my mother) taught me, and
I will never be able to express properly how much I appreciate
the guidance and wisdom he provided me while growing up.
It was a rare day for him to say “no” to me, and I wish
I hadn’t taken advantage of that quite so much. I gained
my passion for cooking because of him, and I am sure many
of you have received a recipe (or many) from him at some
point throughout the years. I am adopted, and people have
always asked if I had a desire to find my birth parents,
to which the answer was always no – Bill was my father,
period. I am thankful for everything he did for me and
every minute I spent with him (which was too few). Please
ensure your loved ones know how much you love them – you
never know when you won’t be able to do so again.