Jane Grigson’s friends and admirers share their personal memories, explain why her work was a source of inspiration and reflect on her legacy.
Jane Grigson’s good sense, breadth of reference, wit and wisdom make her books the best of companions at my armchair, desk and kitchen table. Even her still pertinent criticisms of shoddy food carry the sound of a warm human voice. “Our classical tradition has been domestic, with the domestic virtues of quiet enjoyment and generosity,” she writes in the introduction to English Food. Is there a better summation of why home cooking matters?