"Marguerite Patten gave me my first inspiration to cook." so says Gary Rhodes.
Our full interview with Marguerite includes contributions from Brian Turner, Valentine Warner and her daughter, Judith Patten.
Geoff Rothwell joined the RAF in 1939 at the age of 19. He miraculously survived 71 operations as a bomber pilot, but in September 1944 his plane crashed on the Dutch island of Texel and he spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 1 in Germany.
He talks about the food experiences of the 'kriegies' (prisoners of war) while looking at the illustrated diary kept by his room-mate, Bohdan Arct , later published as Prisoner of war: my secret journal.
|From the back of the shelf: Cookbook Quote No. 4|
"We're all quite well, but getting thinner
The 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2 seems a fitting time for the latest cookbook quote, an extract from the booklet A Collection of Occupation Recipes by Lillie Aubin Morris published by Jersey Museums Service in 1994.
The recipes themselves are indicative of the hardship suffered during the German occupation of the Channel Islands: limpet stew, pastry without butter, salad dressing without oil, plain flour blancmange, potato jelly. But it is the Introduction by Beth Lloyd that sets out some stark facts.