Josceline Dimbleby

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Josceline Dimbleby
Josceline Rose Gaskell

February 1943 (age 75)
OccupationFood writer, broadcaster
David Dimbleby
(m. 1967; div. 2000)
Children3, including Henry Dimbleby and Kate Dimbleby
Parent(s)Thomas Josceline Gaskell
Barbara Jowett
RelativesSir William Montagu-Pollock (stepfather)
Percy Hague Jowett (grandfather)

Josceline Rose Dimbleby (née Gaskell, born 1943) is a British cookery writer. She has written seventeen cookery books, and was cookery correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph for 15 years.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in 1943.[2][3] She is the daughter of Thomas Josceline Gaskell (1906-1982) and Barbara Jowett (died 1998), whose father Percy Hague Jowett was principal of London's Royal College of Art.[4] In 1948, her mother Barbara Jowett married again, to Sir William Montagu-Pollock.[5]

Her great-grandmother May Gaskell was a "romantic confidante" of the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and a painting of her daughter Amy Gaskell by Burne-Jones is in the collection of Andrew Lloyd-Webber.[6] In 2004, Dimbleby published A Profound Secret, about May Gaskell's life.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Cooking for Christmas (1978)
  • Marvellous Meals with Mince (1980s)
  • A Profound Secret (2004)
  • Orchards in the Oasis – Recipes, Travels and Memories (2010)

Personal life[edit]

She has three children with her former husband, the broadcaster David Dimbleby, including Henry Dimbleby and Kate Dimbleby.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Josceline Dimbleby – Home". Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  2. ^ "Time & Place: A mystery room and a haunting portrait". 28 March 2004. Retrieved 1 July 2018 – via
  3. ^ Dimbleby, Josceline; Fryer, Julia; Britain), Crafts Advisory Committee (1 July 1977). "Party pieces : special recipes to celebrate the Queen's silver jubilee, 1952-1977". London (12 Waterloo Place, SW1Y 4AU) : Crafts Advisory Committee. Retrieved 1 July 2018 – via Trove.
  4. ^ Charles Kidd; Christine Shaw (2007). Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage 2008. Debrett's. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-870520-80-5. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Obituary: Sir William Montagu-Pollock". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  6. ^ a b "A Profound Secret by Josceline Dimbleby". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Media families: 26. The Dimblebys". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  8. ^ "A family business". 6 April 2002. Retrieved 1 July 2018 – via

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