Florence White, (born 20 June 1863 in Peckham, London; died 12 March 1940 in Fareham, Hampshire) was a food writer who established the English Folk Cookery Association, and published a number of books on cookery and other domestic matters.
At age 18, White was sent to live with two elderly aunts in Fareham, where she was introduced to traditional cookery. She later held a number of jobs, including schoolteacher and shopkeeper, before writing her first book Easy Dressmaking (1891), which was published by the Singer Sewing Machine Company and, over eight years sold 110,000 copies. This was followed by Good Things in England (1932), a traditional cookery book, Flowers as Food (1934) and an autobiography, A Fire in the Kitchen (1938). Good English Food was published posthumously in 1952. Good Things in England was also published by Persephone Books in 1999 and reprinted in 2003 and 2007.
In later years, White returned to Fareham and established a cookery and domestic training school there.
English Folk Cookery Association
The English Folk Cookery Association, founded in 1928, published the Good Food Register, a directory of restaurants and other places which produced English cooking, which White edited.
- Easy Dressmaking (1891)
- Good Things in England (1932), Republished in 1999 Persephone Books
- Flowers as Food (1934)
- A Fire in the Kitchen (1938)
- Good English Food (1952), Jonathan Cape