I’ve written quite a lot about the National Mark Calendar of Cooking, issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and written by the food writer  Ambrose Heath, and the director of the Good House Keeping Institute and food columnist, Dorothy Daisy Cottington Taylor.

I’ve done a little research into Mrs Cottington Taylor and have found out that Dorothy Daisy was born in 1891; she married Thomas H.C.Taylor in 1919. Prior to that, in the 1911 census she appears, living at home with her parents, May and William. William was a civil engineer, formerly a town surveyor, and both his daughters were interested in what was then called ‘domestic science’; in 1911 Dorothy was a student, and her sister Kathleen Mary was a domestic science teacher.

Whether Thomas Taylor died, or whether Dorothy and he divorced, but in 1935, Dorothy married Albert Edward Louis Mash; sadly she died at the age of forty-three… so young… Here is an obituary I found in the journal Perspectives in Public Health, October 1943:

Mrs Dorothy D. Mash, an associate of the Institute since 1923 died on March 17th. She was the author of books on cooking and housekeeping matters under the name of Dorothy Daisy Cottington Taylor. She qualified as a teacher of domestic economy and also gained the Institutes’ certificate as a sanitary inspector. During the last war she was engaged in welfare supervision at Woolwich Arsenal and at an aeroplane factory. She was director of the Good Housekeeping Institute from 1924 to 1940 and was associate editor of Homes and Gardens.

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