Geoffrey Grigson, poet and writer, was born in Cornwall in 1905. He first came to prominence in the 1930s as a poet, then as editor from 1933 of New Verse. Later in life he was a noted critic, reviewer, and compiler of acclaimed anthologies. He published 13 books of poetry, and wrote on a wide variety of subjects including art, travel, the English countryside, and botany. He died in 1985. Sophie Grigson is the daughter of Jane and Geoffrey Grigson and an acclaimed cookery writer and presenter. She received the Guild of Food Writers' Cookery Journalist Award in 2001 and is the author of over 16 cookery books.