Jane Grigson (1928-1990)

Death: 12th March 1990
Location: Christ Church Churchyard, Broad Town, Wiltshire, England
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English cookery writer. She started working in publishing in 1953 as a picture researcher; the editor of the book that she was working on was the poet and critic Geoffrey Grigson, whom she later married. She subsequently worked as a translator, winning the John Florio prize in 1966 for her work on the translation of Cesare Beccaria's On Crimes and Punishments (1966). 
Grigson's growing interest in food and cooking led to the writing of her first book, Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery (1967), which was accorded the unusual honour for an English food writer of being translated into French. Elizabeth David read the book and was impressed by it, and recommended Grigson as a food columnist for The Observer, for whom she wrote a column from 1968 until her death in 1990. 
Like her contemporary Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson's books are known for their witty and sometimes extensive digressions on the history of ingredients and recipes. 
She received both the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year Award and the André Simon Memorial Fund Book Award for her Vegetable Book (1978) and for her Fruit Book (1982), and was voted Cookery Writer of the Year in 1977 for English Food. The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) has created the Jane Grigson Award in her honour. Her daughter, Sophie Grigson, is also a cookery writer and broadcaster.