Jane Grigson’s friends and admirers share their personal memories, explain why her work was a source of inspiration and reflect on her legacy.
As you grow up you realise that there are certain books that have always been part of your family house, as important as the floorboards, walls and ceiling. Luckily for me, Jane Grigson’s books sat in my parents kitchen, in particular Good Things and English Food. For years I didn’t realise that many of the recipes I was learning from my mother were in fact by Jane Grigson. It was only after leaving home, when I needed a cookbook shelf of my own, that my parents bought me books by Jane Grigson and Elizabeth David, recipes to span a generation.
My personal favourite is Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, what a wonderful idea and so perfectly suited to people who care about ingredients first. It was essential reading when I got an allotment and would even help me choose what to plant. Every home delivery veg-box service should come with a copy of Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book with their first delivery so after two months of cabbage you’re still enjoying it. As well as being a joy to use Jane Grigson’s books are still a delight to read.