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Margaret Fulton
, 1980 (printed 2002)

by Lewis Morley

type C photograph (sheet: 40.4 cm x 30.4 cm, image: 36.1 cm x 28.5 cm)

Margaret Fulton OAM (1924-2019), food writer, began writing cookery pages in women’s magazines in the early 1950s. The first of her many cookbooks, The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, was published in 1968. It sold more than a million copies and remains a staple in many kitchens around the country. In 1999 she published I Sang for My Supper. Part forthright memoir, part social history, the book documents her life and the changing social and cultural scene in Australia from the 1920s to the eve of the 21st century. Fulton was a Living National Treasure, and in 2006 she was named one of the one hundred most influential Australians by the Bulletin. Margaret Fulton’s Kitchen (2007) and the revised edition of the Margaret Fulton Cookbook (2010) brought together recipes devised over her career as a cook and writer, and she lived to see Margaret Fulton Christmas become available as an iPhone app. Her daughter and granddaughters are food writers.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2002.10