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Jill Norman biographical note            June 2020

Jill Norman is an author and editor with a wide knowledge and appreciation of foods and wines from many parts of the world.  In the 1970s she created the food and wine list for Penguin Books.  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.

At Penguin she worked closely with Elizabeth David and is literary trustee of the David Estate.  She completed Harvest of the Cold Months after Elizabeth’s death.

As an independent publisher she won awards for her list.  Her books include The New Penguin Cookery Book and Herbs and Spices.  Her books have been widely translated and won awards in many countries.

She has recorded her life story for the National Sound Archive at the British Library.

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