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  • Madhur Jaffrey
    Madhur JaffreyMadhur Jaffrey is a TV food personality and cookbook writer who demystifies Indian cooking for English-speakers. On her programmes, she frequently dons the dress of the particular region of India featured in that episode.
  • Marcella Hazan
    Biography iconMarcella Hazan (15 April 1924 – 29 September 2013) was to Italian cooking in America as Julia Child was to French cooking. Marcella Hazan was born as Marcella Polini in 1924, in Cesenatico on the Adriatic coast of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
  • Margaret Costa
    Biography iconMargaret Costa lived from 1917 to 1999. Though a relatively well-known British food personality, she wrote only one cookbook on her own (though she assisted with a few others.) She also wrote, though, for magazines such as the Sunday Pictorial, the Farmer and Stockbreeder, and Gourmet magazine (a regular column called London at Table.
  • Marguerite Patten
    Marguerite PattenMarguerite Patten has had a very long career in the United Kingdom, writing about and teaching about food. Though she turned 85 in 2000, she was still working on books and magazines, despite being struck by arthritis later in her years, which she brought under control by diet.
  • Maria Parloa
    Biography iconMaria Parloa lived from 25 September 1843 - 21 August 1909. Born in Massachusetts, she grew up as an orphan.
  • Marie-Antoine Carême
    Marie-Antoine CarêmeMarie-Antoine Carême was a French chef and food writer who lived from 8 June 1784 -- 12 January 1833. [1] Though named in honour of Marie Antoinette, he preferred to call himself Antonin -- no doubt for many reasons, particularly after the French Revolution.
  • Mars Family
    Mars FamilyThe Mars Family story and business empire starts with Franklin Clarence Mars ( 24 September 1883 - 1934.) The company was later taken over by his son, Forrest Edward Mars. Franklin was born in Newport, Minnesota.
  • Mary Ellis Ames
    Mary Ellis AmesMary Ellis Ames (born c. 1887; died 27 February 1968 [1]) was Pillsbury's answer to their competitor's fictional woman, Betty Crocker.
  • Mary Randolph
    Mary RandolphMary Randolph was the author of The Virginia Housewife, the first regional cookbook in America, published in 1824. It is still being reprinted in facsimile.
  • Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner
    Biography iconOne of the earliest promoters of raw-food diets was the Swiss doctor Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner [1] (born 22 August 1867 in Aarau, Switzerland; died 24 January 1939.) Max's father, Heinrich Bircher, had been a notary public in Aarau, Switzerland. His mother was Berta Krüsi.
  • Milton S. Hershey
    Milton S. HersheyMilton Snavely Hershey lived from 13 September 1857 to 13 October 1945. Famed now for both his candy products and his enlightened business practices, many of his ideas actually came from Cadbury's in England.
  • Mithaecus
    Biography iconMithaecus lived around 400 BC. He is probably the first cookery writer in history, or more fairly, that we know of, though we have only one recipe from him (quoted in Athenaeus.) Mithaecus was a Greek living in the Greek colony of Sicily long before Italians or even Romans had padded onto the scene.
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