"Marguerite Patten gave me my first inspiration to cook."  so says Gary Rhodes. I had decided to do this lemon sponge for Sunday lunch one day. I remember turning it out at table and seeing everyone drool as this intense smell of lemon filled the room and the thick lemon sauce dripped down over the sponge." Nigel Slater writes of happy hours spent lost in her Cookery in Colour as a boy. They were not the first and nor will they be the last to be inspired by this extraordinary woman.

Our full interview with Marguerite includes contributions from Brian Turner, Valentine Warner and her daughter, Judith Patten.

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