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  • James John Howard Gregory
    James John Howard GregoryJames John Howard Gregory lived from 7 November 1827 to 20 February 1910. He ran an important seed catalogue business [1] which helped introduce vegetables now considered heirloom stock such as the Hubbard Squash and the Burbank potato.
  • Jane Grigson
    Biography iconJane Grigson lived from 13 March 1928 - 12 March 1990, dying just one day shy of her 62nd birthday. She was a middle-class, well-travelled food writer writing for such an audience.
  • Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
    Jean-Anthelme Brillat-SavarinBrillat-Savarin, while not a chef, has been one of the most influential food writers of all time. He is known for his book Physiologie du Goût (translated variously into English as The Physiology of Taste, The Philosopher in the Kitchen, etc.) Brillat-Savarin's goal was to raise cooking to a level of true science.
  • Jean-Étienne de Boré
    Biography iconJean-Étienne de Boré lived from 27 December 1740 to 2 February 1820. [1] He was the man who first commercially produced granulated sugar.
  • Jean-Pierre Clause
    Biography iconJean-Pierre Clause is known now as the creator of Pâté de Contades. Cynics point out that really what Clause really achieved was to take a peasant dish, dress it up, and make all the rich people swoon over it.
  • Jean Paré
    Biography iconJean Paré (pronounced Gene Perry) is the world's top selling cookbook author, with 23 million copies of her books sold as of 2006, though Britain's Delia Smith comes a close second. And Jean got a late start -- her writing career didn't begin until she was 54.
  • Jennifer Paterson
    Biography iconJennifer Paterson gained overnight fame as one of the two principals on the TV series called Two Fat Ladies, and as co-author of the accompanying cookbooks. She also wrote columns for The Spectator and The Oldie, did TV appearances on Food and Drink on BBC 2, and was often on the BBC Radio 4 programme called Questions of Taste.
  • John Cadbury
    John CadburyThe Cadbury family dynasty was started in 1824 by John Cadbury, and strengthened by his sons George and Richard. A devout Quaker, John saw cocoa and chocolate as healthy alternatives to alcohol.
  • John Lawson Johnston
    John Lawson JohnstonJohn Lawson Johnston was the inventor of Bovril. He was born in Roslin, Scotland (of Da Vinci Code fame) on 28 September 1839.
  • John Tradescant
    John TradescantJohn Tradescant (aka Treadeskant) was an English horticulturist. His son, also named John Tradescant, was also a horticulturist.
  • Joseph A. Campbell: Founder of Campbell's Soup
    Joseph A. Campbell: Founder of Campbell's SoupJoseph A. Campbell (15 May 1817 - 27 March 1900) started the company that introduced condensed tomato soup in 1897.
  • Josephine Garis Cochrane
    Josephine Garis CochraneJosephine Garis Cochrane invented the first workable dishwasher. An attempt had been made before her, by a man, but it didn't work and never got off the ground.
  • Julia Child
    Julia ChildJulia Child was the person who more than anyone else brought French cooking to North American middle-class households as a TV personality and author. She is only familiar to North Americans, though; she remains mostly unknown in Britain and in Europe.
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