The ABC have reported that Celebrated Australian food writer Margaret Fulton has sadly died at 94.

In a statement the family says they are “mourning the loss of their loving, inspirational and treasured mother, grandmother and great-grandmother early this morning.”

Over the years, Margaret has published a significant number of cookbooks and resources, with the Margaret Fulton Cookbook and the Encyclopaedia of Food and Cookery.

She was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her contributions to food writing and cookery.

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Margaret was the first and greatest of the Australian celebrity cookery writers. Through her magazine columns and later her cookbooks, she showed the nation how to cook in new and exciting ways. Her inspiration and example showed younger Australians the pleasurable and creative possibilities of fine dining.

How it all began

Born in Scotland in 1924, Margaret’s parents emigrated to Australia when she was 3 years old. She began as a cooking teacher at the Overseas Corporation in 1947 and was later promoted to sales manager. Gaining a reputation as a Home Economist, Margaret began to appear in ads in the late 1950s in magazines such as The Women’s Weekly.

Her series of cooking liftouts for Woman’s Day magazine were extremely well received in the 1960s. Her book, The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, was published in 1968 and was an instant success. By 1978 it had sold more than two-thirds of a million copies.

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Our thoughts are with the family x

  • Condolences to the family – may they take solace in the fact that Margaret Fulton was so well loved by so many for so long.


  • How sad. What an iconic chef and someone I will continue to look up to.


  • I have her first cook book. RIP Margaret.


  • What a huge loss to the world of cooking, both Australia & abroad. May she fly high…


  • Sad, may she rest in peace


  • A strong and talented woman who gave a lot. My thoughts are with her family too.


  • An Aussie Icon. I loved her cook books and have numerous favorites from them. RIP Margaret


  • RIP gorgeous soul!


  • I’m going to get my Margaret Fulton Cookbooks out and cook something in her honour. RIP lovely lady.


  • A cooking legend. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t have a favourite Margaret Fulton recipe. My deepest sympathy to her family.


  • So sad to hear of her passing, love her cookbooks. RIP


  • I didn’t know her, but thoughts and prayers to the family

    • Her recipes are easy to follow and make and do stand the test of time.
      My collection of cookbooks are most definitely very well used and loved.

      • I’m not from Australia and don’t know her, but reading all the comments here she must have been a wonderful woman.

      • The thing I love about her recipes is the ingredients are easy to purchase and budget friendly and the recipes are easy to make and filling for hungry tummies.

      • A delightful woman.


  • Sympathy to the family.
    I have favourite recipes from Margaret Fulton.
    A wonderful cook and terrific and tasty recipes.


  • I knew who she was, but honestly, growing up I thought she had already passed away. At least she seemed to live a long fulfilling life


  • How sad. But what a wonderful life she had!


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