The Guardian reports here on a remarkable woman from Loughton, Essex. She deserves to be better known in her home county:
Over the past five decades, Diana Kennedy has received countless accolades for her pioneering food writing, but being called the Mick Jagger of Mexican cooking is the one that tickled her most.
“It was after I’d given a rousing talk at the Texas book festival in my leather trousers and fur-lined leather jacket … it was wonderful,” said Kennedy, putting the final touches to vegetarian stuffed peppers and spicy courgettes as the lunch plates warm on a solar panel.
Kennedy – a razor-sharp 93-year-old Englishwoman who takes afternoon tea in a china cup – is an unlikely pinup for Mexican cuisine, but her nine bestselling cookery books have cemented her reputation as a culinary authority in the United States – and a national treasure in Mexico.
Kennedy was awarded Mexico’s highest honour for foreigners – the Order of the Aztec Eagle – in 1981 and an MBE in 2002, but she remains virtually unknown in the country of her birth…
Full article here.