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“Five generations of a British family in India seen through the eyes of their granddaughter”
Jenny Mallin inherited a cookbook from her great grandmother Wilhelmina and much to her delight, discovered recipe manuscripts going back five generations of her ‘Memsahib Grandmothers’. Those recipes, published in her award-winning book ‘A Grandmother’s Legacy’ are an enthralling glimpse into the lives of these ladies.
This talk is peppered with insights about the life and times of Jenny’s ancestors, painting a broad brushstroke of their personal life, rather than the official message of the British Raj. It also explores their husbands’ work in Education, on the Railways and in the Military.
With her passions for cooking, India, research and writing, Jenny’s award-winning cookbook “A Grandmother’s Legacy” has been a labour of love – a memoir that mingles the history of her family when they lived in India, with her grandmothers’ recipes that were prudently passed down through the generations. Each recipe has been lovingly researched, leading Jenny on a road of discovery about her ancestors, with her grandmothers’ legacy continuing to assist in providing clues to their rich and eventful past.
Jenny has traveled extensively throughout India for thirty years, and has also visited many other countries, including Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and America. Her travelogues and written anecdotes of her journeys are much enjoyed by her family and friends.
Now a writer, Jenny has had a colourful career as a Travel Buyer (which spawned her passion for travel and meeting people) and before that she was in television production at the BBC in London. Any spare time that she has is spent doing painting, home decorating, listening to music, photography and enjoying nature.