Jill Norman is a respected author and editor. Her culinary career began when she created the food and wine list for Penguin Books. In the process she learned to appreciate and to cook the foods of many parts of the world. This led to travels in pursuit of food and drink, and a passion to discover the origins of herbs and spices and how they are used. She is acknowledged internationally as an authority on herbs and spices. Her books on food and cooking have been widely translated and won awards in many countries. Jill’s interests also extend to wine and she talks and writes on food and wine pairing and on travels through wine lands.
During her time at Penguin Books she worked closely with Elizabeth David and is literary trustee of the Elizabeth David Estate. She has spoken several times about Elizabeth and her writing, at food festivals in Australia and the US, as well as in the UK. She has compiled two illustrated anthologies of Elizabeth David’s work: At Elizabeth David’s Table and Elizabeth David on Vegetables, the latter to mark the centenary of Elizabeth’s birth.
She is a founder-member of the London Slow Food Convivium and of the Oxford Food Symposium, at which she is a regular contributor, and a trustee of the Jane Grigson Trust. She has recorded her life story for the National Sound Archive at the British Library.