About Shirley

Shirley was interested in food and cooking from an early age, and this led to her chosen career in Nutrition, Dietetics and Home Economics.

She was a dietitian in three hospitals, the Royal Masonic Hospital in London, the London Hospital in Whitechapel, London, (now the Royal London Hospital) and deputy chief dietitian at the Radcliffe Infirmary (now the John Radcliffe Hospital) Oxford.

Teaching students about food and nutrition in evening classes at what was then Oxford Polytechnic, was a job she very much enjoyed. This prompted her to make a complete career change from working in hospitals. She moved to London to work for the Flour Advisory Bureau as a nutrition lecturer. This job involved her travelling all over Britain, talking to groups of people from schoolchildren to old age pensioners, on various aspects of food and healthy eating.

While at the Flour Advisory Bureau, Shirley became involved in helping to write books, leaflets, recipes and advertising material. This she also enjoyed, and so following her marriage she became a freelance author, writing books and numerous regular articles for magazines, newspapers and web sites. This work includes a lot of recipe writing and recipe development and has made her increasingly aware of the great confusion caused by the various methods of weighing and measuring in the home, especially in the kitchen. This led to her latest book ‘How Do You Measure Up’.

One of Shirley’s hobbies is family and social history and yearly courses on this subject with the Open University earned her a BA Hons in Family and Social History in 2000. This knowledge was used to research and publish a book called ‘Cuckfield Remembered’ which describes the history behind each name listed on a war memorial.

Many people expressed an interest in learning how Shirley discovered the family history of the soldiers listed on the war memorial. So Shirley now gives talks on this subject and has written an accompanying booklet called ‘Not Just a Name Cast in Stone’.