I got my first Margaerite Patten cookbook in 1968 when I married. I had 3 children and taught them all to cook from the age of 4 years using that book. It has flour and butter stains on it from all their and my use.
In later years I sought out copies of it in Charity shops for all three. Stuart, now 48 years still prefers her meat recipies.He lives in Ayr Scotland. His brother Colin 43 yrs lives in Melbourne Australia and uses it to teach his children, Amy 13yrs and Scott 10 yrs. Their sister Elaine 40 years is a keen vegetable and fish lover and follows those recipies.
So her skills and recipies are still much loved and still used even today in 2013.
I hope her daughter reads this and tells her she is still admired and our whole family are very grateful to her. I hope she keeps well.
I do not know how else to contact her and send my regards and thanks, Sincerely, Sheena Galston Ayr Scotland
Belated thanks ...... it is smashing! Her stroke got in the way of her seeing it when it was first produced and I have to admit I forgot about it, but stumbled over it and will show it to her in her nursing home.