Jane Grigson (1928 –1990) was an English cookery writer whose books on European cuisines and British food have had a lasting influence. Her career began with 'Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery' published in 1967 to high acclaim. Following the success of that book, in 1968 Elizabeth David recommended Grigson to The Observer newspaper as their food columnist. Grigson's 22 year association with the newspaper led to some of her most popular title: Good Things(1971), Food with the Famous (1979), The Observer Guide to British Cookery (1984) and The Observer Guide to European Cookery (1983). For her Vegetable Book (1978) and her Fruit Book (1982), Grigson received both the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year Award and the Andre Simon Memorial Fund Book Award. Grigson's other works include Fish Cookery (1973), English Food (1974), and The Mushroom Feast (1975).
The Jane Grigson Trust, set up in 1991, In 1991 the Jane Grigson Trust was set up in Grigson's memory. Its stated aim is "to advance the public understanding of food, its cultural and nutritional aspects, and the art of its preparation." The Trust supports the annual Jane Grigson Lecture at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery and also makes an annual award for a commissioned book by a first-time author on the subject of food.