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After 70 Years, Beloved Columnist Evelyn Birkby Says Goodbye To Her Readers

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Evelyn Birkby and Charity Nebbe at the Iowa City Book Festival in 2012.

In 1949 when Evelyn Birkby began writing a weekly column for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel, her publisher told her to include a recipe every week. She did, even though she couldn’t cook. 

The newspaper column “Up a Country Lane” has had a 70-year run. Birkby, now 100, has decided it is time for her to say goodbye to her readers. 

Birkby’s final column will be published on November 27, 2019.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe takes us back to her first conversation with Birkby in August of 2012. At the time, Birkby had just released a collection of her columns called “Always Put in a Recipe and other tips for living from Iowa’s Best Known Homemaker.”

Birkby tells Nebbe about learning to cook and write, her work as a "radio homemaker" on KMA’s Kitchen Clatter program and striking a work life balance as a pioneering career woman.


Evelyn Birkby, columnist, broadcaster, author

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa