Remembering Jane

Jane Grigson’s friends and admirers share their personal memories, explain why her work was a source of inspiration and reflect on her legacy.

Barbara Ketcham Wheaton

I didn’t know Jane for long, but I admired her enormously. I think the main thing I would want to say about her (beyond her being a really, really nice person) is that her food writing came out of a broad interest in the wider world.

She invited me to come for the day to their house in Wiltshire. It was a glorious day. I can’t remember anything about the food, except that there was venison that someone had sent her. I remember the warm light in the kitchen and the tidy bookshelves. I was too dazzled by the fact that I was actually there.

She and Geoffrey took me off to see the Avebury Rings. They were both so knowledgeable, and generous in sharing that knowledge. It was one of the best days of my life.