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Dig for Victory with Marguerite Patten and celebrate National Potato Day at the Museum of Welsh Life 30.01.05

19 January 2005

Marguerite Patten OBE has been teaching Britain how to cook since the 1930s. During the Second World War, as a leading Home Economist for the Ministry of Food's Food Advice Division, Marguerite and her colleagues worked tirelessly with a campaign to find the people of Britain, wherever they might be, and make them aware of the importance of keeping their families well fed on the rations available. The diet, imposed by necessity was low in fats and sugars and high in fibre and vegetables with Potato Pete and Lord Carrot leading the way in this surprisingly healthy new lifestyle. The Food Advice Division travelled all over Britain and set up demonstrations in markets, shops, factories, canteens and welfare clinics to buoy the nation into getting through the war on the Home Front with the same spirit as the Forces in action. A contributor to the Kitchen Front, broadcast daily by the BBC, Marguerite was able to pass on her favourite recipes to the nation, and these recipes more often or not contained potatoes.