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.

Colin Spencer

I recall when I first read Jane’s column in the Observer I knew a kindred spirit existed, her food was the food I wanted to eat and cook. One of her key early works, Good Things, was full of that beguiling combination between imaginative ingenuity and practical sensibility; as I read, how I ate the pages themselves, constantly delighted and full of anticipation. Her work with that of Elizabeth David, both imbued with a knowledge and love of food history, kick- started the revolution in British cookery, so that she is constantly worth returning to for ideas that are timeless and classic.