Grub Street Publishing are saddened by the loss of its most-popular author, Marguerite Patten CBE. With over 170 books to her name, we are proud and privileged to have been her publisher for the last 15 years of her life.
Her influence upon the cookery world was phenomenal which can be seen by the tributes that have been shared through social media and in the press in the past twenty-four hours. She has been described as ‘a national treasure’ and ‘the cookery icon of our times’ with Jamie Oliver citing Marguerite’s work as the inspiration behind Jamie’s Ministry of Food.
This is also evident by the demand for her books, as popular now as the first time they were published; the first printing of her book The Basic Basics Jams, Preserves and Chutneys Handbook sold out in the first six weeks. She has sold over 16 million books worldwide. Anne Dolamore, Marguerite’s publisher has described how she was ‘a joy to work with. Her recipes were accurate to a fault, her work that of a true professional. She leaves a body of work in her consummate cookbooks that none today nor any cookery writer in future, will equal.’
Writing in the Guardian, Tom Jaine writes, ‘the sweetness of her nature, the energy she displayed throughout her life, and the efficiency of her planning and performance of cookery demonstrations, left younger colleagues and competitors standing.’
The re-issue of Marguerite Patten’s Century of British Cooking (9781910690055) will be published on 6th July 2015.