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Mary Jane Stratton was the inspiration behind the book 'Grandmother's recipes'
Mary Jane Stratton was the inspiration behind the book 'Grandmother's recipes'

Press Release - 17 November 2005

Tales from an Edwardian kitchen

When Katy Jordan inherited an Edwardian recipe book she realised that it was a window on another age and began to research her family history. Hear about her discoveries in a free public lecture: Grandmother’s Recipes on Wednesday 23 November at the University of Bath.

Early in 2002, Katy was passed a handwritten recipe book that had been compiled by her grandmother, Wiltshire woman, Mary Jane Stratton, while she was in service during the early 1900s.

Over the next eighteen months, Katy and a team of helpers recreated a selection of recipes from the book that was then published as Grandmother’s Recipes. The book combines period recipes with family history, and some sound if forbidding advice from Mrs Beeton.

Katy said: “My grandmother’s recipe book was full of clues to her life. Recipes such as Lady Malcolm’s mincemeat and Rose’s pound cake led me to people that she knew and I was able to write a social history interwoven with her original recipes.

“It was a fascinating book to write. My grandmother died before I was born but I feel as if I really got to know her through her recipes.”

Katy’s lecture tells the story of how the book came to be published and her grandmother’s life. Copies of the book will be available on the night.

Katy was brought up in Wiltshire’s Pewsey Vale. She works as Humanities & Social Sciences librarian at the University of Bath. She is interested in folklore, local history and family history and has written three books on these subjects.

Admission to the lecture is free, and people can just turn up on the evening. Free parking is available in the West Car Park. All lectures run from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in the lecture hall 8 West 1.1 on the Claverton campus.

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