Ever since her father passed the book (manuscript) on to her, Maggie was fascinated by it. Not until she had retired could she find time to do the research. It was written by her ancestors on the female side of the family starting in the mid 17th. Century, this was confirmed by the watermarks in the paper.
Many people encouraged her to publish the book. She felt before doing this, she should try and trace the background of the people that had contributed by recording their favourite or family recipes. This resulted in a book consisting of 176 pages of copies of recipes, a glossary and clarification of the old English terminology, measurements, weights and historical information.
The end result is a book, opening a window into more than three centuries of English cooking and home remedies. Anybody interested in cooking, medicine, the envolvement of the English language and handwriting will find this book fascinating.
Maggie Nuyten was born in London, England but lived in Hove, Sussex until she left the family home to study Institutional Management at London University. After working at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham she emigrated to Vancouver, Canada with her husband and two children. In 1969, as a single parent with five children Maggie moved to Kelowna British Columbia and worked as the Co-ordinator of the developing Drug Addiction Centre for six years. While working as a part-time Food Service Supervisor at Kelowna General Hospital she studied and obtained a Psychology degree from Simon Fraser University in 1981.
Later, as a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Maggie had a private practice specializing in addictions and abuse of food and people. The many years as a single parent of a wonderful family with very different personalities and interests but living in British Columbia away from the traditions left behind in England, created a need to produce something that could be passed on to her grandchildren. The combination of interest in people, food, drugs and family have fueled Maggie's motivation to research and restore this old manuscript. The goal has been to preserve this fascinating inheritance but also to make copies available to the descendents of the brothers and sisters of "Jane".