Category Archives: Celebrity Cooks

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The name is a bit of a jaw-cracker but Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was probably the first food critic. Born in the town of Belley, where the Rhône River separates France from Savoy to a family of lawyers, he studied law, … Continue reading

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Marguerite Patten – The Queen Of Rationing

Hilda Elsie Marguerite Patten, CBE (born 4 November 1915, 4 June 2015, aged 99) née Brown, was an English food writer, teacher, economist and, along with Phillip Harben one of the first radio and TV cooks. Born in Bath, Somerset she … Continue reading

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Diplomatic Dishes – Starters

Lady Maclean sought these recipes from friends and eminent personalities across the world and reflect a different world from that of the everyday household. The book brings together many recipes that I would not normally consider for this particular blog … Continue reading

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Lady Maclean – The Lady Writer

Celebrity Cooks come in many guises, but Lady Veronica Maclean was something of an enigma, a one off. In the archive I came across a book entitled ‘Lady Maclean’s Diplomatic Dishes’ , dated 1975, and began to look into it. … Continue reading

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Isabella Beeton – Domestic Goddess

Isabella Mary Mayson was born on 12 March 1836 at 24 Milk Street, Cheapside, London, and died 6 February 1865 at the tender age of 28. Better known as Mrs Beeton, the English author of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household … Continue reading

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Georges-Auguste Escoffier, ‘King of Chefs, Chef of Kings’

Georges-Auguste Escoffier, (28 Oct 1846 – 12 Feb 1935) is the second contender for the ‘King of Chef’s, Chef of Kings’ title coming up against Marie-Antoine Careme Born at Villeneuve-sur-Loup, some 9 miles from Nice. Being very slight of build … Continue reading

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Marie-Antoine Carême, ‘King of Chefs, Chef of Kings’

Marie-Antoine (Antonin) Carême, is often considered as one of the first internationally renowned celebrity chefs. To my mind there are two main contenders for the title of ‘King of Chefs, Chef of Kings’ and he is to be the first. … Continue reading

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Ten Things You Never Knew About . . . Fanny Cradock

Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey, better known as Fanny Cradock, was born in 1909 to a hedonistic and talented, although intrinsically lazy singer named Bijou who, finding a child an encumbrance to her ultra selfish lifestyle left her at the age … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Craig – The Cooks Writer

The majority of the clips and articles found within the archive are either anonymous or attributed to ‘A Housewife’ or ‘A Cook’: the generic name for the staff writer assigned to cookery matters. But from the mid twenties onward, names … Continue reading

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Elizabeth David – The Writers Cook

Elizabeth David, (born Elizabeth Gwynne; 26 December 1913 – 22 May 1992) was a British cookery writer of the mid-20th century who strongly influenced the art of home cookery and traditional British fare. Born to an upper-class family, Elizabeth Gwynne … Continue reading

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