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Jane Grigson

  • In my experience, clever food is not appreciated at Christmas. It makes the little ones cry and the old ones nervous.

    • Jane Grigson,
    • in Minneapolis Star Tribune ()
  • This special feeling towards fruit, its glory and abundance, is I would say universal. ... We respond to strawberry fields or cherry orchards with a delight that a cabbage patch or even an elegant vegetable garden cannot provoke.

  • Millions of us eat tomatoes; few of us ever eat a good one; and few of our great-great-grandparents ever ate a tomato at all.

  • Although I could not quite say that figs are my favourite fruit, they are the fruit I most long for, that I have never had enough of.

  • Anyone wrestling with their first mango will see the point of that enterprising greengrocer's slogan, 'Share a mango in the bath with your loved one!'

  • [On eating mangoes:] It is best to leave guests to tackle the fruit their own way. Provide spoons and a small dessert knife and fork. Provide finger bowls also, or a moist towel and an extra napkin. (Of course you need to take into account the time you will spend next day, cleaning table and furniture and carpet of a mess that you have not seen since the children were learning to feed themselves.)

  • Boeuf à la bourguignonne: This is the stew of stews, an apotheosis of stew, which has nothing whatever to do with the watery, stringy mixture served up in British institutions.

  • When you go into a strange charcuterie, be brave. Take your time and buy small amounts of all the pates. There will not be sulks and signs a l'anglaise — nor murmurings from the other customers behind. An enterprising greed is the quickest way to any French person's generosity and kindness.

  • [Making country sausages:] Ideally you need beef intestines for the skins, but most of us have to make do with the usual sheep guts.

Jane Grigson, English cookery writer

(1928 - 1990)