Eve Johnson was born in B.C. and studied history at UBC. In 1973, with her colleagues Alice Niwinski and Anne Kloppenborg at the Vancouver Social Planning Department, Eve Johnson co-produced five issues of the Urban Reader pertaining to local history and photographs that became the basis for a bestselling coffee table book, Vancouver's First Century: A City Album (Douglas & McIntyre, 1977). Royalties from that title, revised and reprinted in 1985 and 1991 as Vancouver: A City Album, have helped to finance the City of Vancouver Book Award.

A former food editor at the Vancouver Sun, Eve Johnson wrote about food for the Sun from 1987 to 1997 and produced two books in the process--Six O'Clock Recipes and Five Star Food. These were followed by Eating My Words (Whitecap, 2003) with a foreword by Arthur Black, with whom she was heard on his national CBC Radio program called Basic Black.

[BCBW 2003] "Cookbook" "Local History.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Vancouver's First Century: A City Album
Vancouver's First Century: A City Album, 1860-1960