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.

Laura Mason

Jane Grigson’s writing about food was part of the fabric of life for me in the late 1970s and the 1980s.  I wish I’d met her, though I never did, but her writing was the next best thing. Articles were there every week to be devoured through the pages of the Observer, and books – inquisitive, discursive, eminently readable and full of recipes which made one want to cook – appeared regularly. Through these she was a wise and witty counsellor whose words were a constant presence at my kitchen table, and an inspiration for me to find out more about the history and significance of all manner of foods.