Quote of the day

I have always found food and cooking to be wonderfully interesting work and an absorbing hobby, exciting to explore in my own kitchen, and very satisfying to share with others. . .  Dame Alison Holst in the introduction to The Ultimate Collection.

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The tatty cover reflects the amount of use the book gets.

This quote was chosen with sadness at the news Alison is suffering from dementia.

2 Responses to Quote of the day

  1. Gravedodger. says:

    It seems so flippant but alas that is life and one certainty that will last for many years to come is how Alison Holst blended cooking and cuisine all the while entertaining so many of us all, as memories.

    Dementia/ Alzheimer’s/ strokes can be so bloody cruel in leaving a functioning physical body struggling to realise where they are and often even if they wish to be here at all.

    One of my parents died from a seriously failing constitution in excess of 90 years of age with a mind still incredibly sharp, the other slid into the netherworld of stroke induced dementia with a body that could have gone on for years, just short of the now seemingly achievable 90 year mark.
    I have spent many moments no make that hours, musing on the two departures as to which was to be desired more and I still have not come to any conclusions. The one blessing of the within months deaths after over sixty years married was the fact that the seriously damaged mind survived and what comprehension lingered of the spouse’s prior death remained a mystery

    When I first heard the news of Alison’s plight it was ‘bugger’ then very quickly remembered the many hours of pleasure Alison delivered while wondering if she would have even been noticed among the dross that invades mass media c2015.

    Alison your subject matter content and delivery was so easily absorbed to make all our lives richer,Our drawer of cook books has some of your efforts always near the top.

    Thankyou for your rich productive life and best wishes in the challenges you now face.

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  2. TraceyS says:

    This is not to minimise the reality of this awful disease for Dame Alison Holst, but she has, at least, reached a decent-ish sort of age; one where one might expect some health problems of one kind or another to be cropping up.

    Both my parents’ brains began failing them, in a neurological sense, at a young age – first symptoms noticed when aged mid-50s. Different outcomes, similar biological cause, or so explains my informal review of the academic literature.

    Makes me determined to make the most of my own grey-matter for as long as it lasts because who knows what the next decade or two may bring?

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