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The matriarch of Australian cooking, Margaret Fulton is a culinary icon and a national treasure ...
Margaret Fulton was the first and greatest of the Australian celebrity cookery writers. As the world opened up again after World War Two and a wider range of foodstuffs began to arrive in the shops, it was Margaret Fulton, through her magazine columns and later her cookbooks, who showed the nation how to cook in new and exciting ways. It was largely through her inspiration and example that younger Australians realised the pleasurable and creative possibilities of fine dining. Our national cuisine was transformed.
For Margaret Fulton, the great pleasure of cookery writing was to bring good food into ordinary homes. She was never interested in writing for an elite. Instead she concentrated on 'bringing magic' into everyday living through better everyday eating.
A passionate traveller, she is credited with being one of the first people to bring international cuisine to the Australian table. Both in her career and personal life, Fulton has sought out the 'good life'.
In 1983 she was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in the Queen's Birthday Honours. In 2006 Margaret was identified as an Australian Living National Treasure by the National Trust of Australia and nominated amongst the Bulletin's 100 most influential Australians.