I taught them to cook


This blog is a series of stories to describe what was it like to be a young teacher in the 1970s teaching classes of rowdy boys and girls in an east London school how to cook. Would I succeed? Well Yes and No.

I plan to make it into a book like Nigel Slater’s story in Toast. Nigel and I appeared together on The Food File on Channel 4, both of us for the first time. Nigel went on to great things and I am old enough to have been his food teacher!

Update 2021 The first draft of the book is nearly finished and this website will get a whole new look soon!

2 responses to “I taught them to cook

  1. Thankyou Greg – I’m on the case and have been developing it into a book and linking it through a year of cooking. It’s also going to have updates on the the food and teaching methods of the time. Why didn’t boys do cookery before 1970s, when did caning stop, how the food companies sent in home economists to persuade us to use gas or electricity, Stork with their margarine – there are so many stories. Keep in touch and I’ll update you but in lockdown I’m moving on with it quickly!!

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  2. Greg Coomer

    Hi there Jenny .
    Good to see there are new chapters occurring towards your new book .
    Are you going to produce these as a book , with recipes ?
    I certainly hope so ?
    Keep up the good work – always brings a smile to my face !
    Regards Greg

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