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Pioneering celebrity cook and author Marguerite Patten dies at age of 99

By Robert Dex

Published 11/06/2015

Pioneering cookery writer and broadcaster Marguerite Patten has died aged 99, her family have announced.

The author of more than 170 books, with worldwide sales of more than 17 million, had suffered a stroke in 2011.

Her family said she died last Thursday "from an illness stoically borne".

Mrs Patten, who lived in Brighton, East Sussex, was awarded an OBE in 1991 and a CBE in 2010.

A brief stint as an actress was followed by a role as a war-time adviser in the Ministry of Food teaching families to eat well during rationing.

She was a regular contributor on Radio 4's Woman's Hour from 1946 an on television was a regular on Food And Drink, Masterchef and Ready Steady Cook.

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