“Original Celebrity Chef” Marguerite Patten passes at age 99

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.

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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. In the past she has been described as ‘a national treasure’ and ‘the cookery icon of our times’ by Antony Worrall Thompson and Ainsley Harriott respectively, 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. 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.’

The re-issue of Marguerite Patten’s Century of British Cooking (9781910690055) will be publisher in July 2015 in the UK, September in the US.



  • Recipes from all of Marguerite’s books are available if you would like to use them in tributes.  Please contact Tara at Casemate by phone at 610 853 9131   or by email at tara.lichterman@casematepublishers.com or in the UK and rest of the world  Beth on 020 7924 3966 or by email beth@grubstreet.co.uk.



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