Originally from England, Jean B. MacLeod started gardening organically in the 1960s, and is interested in all things related to eco-friendly living. An enthusiastic culinarian, she is a member of the Culinary Historians of Southern California and Slow Food USA. She lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Jean B. MacLeod has lived in Canada and various parts of the United States and has resided in Southern California since 1958. She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, magna cum laude, from California State University and a Certificat de Langue Fançaise from the Sorbonne in Paris.

As an 88-year-old who grew up during food rationing that accompanied and followed WWII, Jean knows a thing or two about frugality and the preciousness of food. A longtime collector of practical hints for the home and garden, her main focus now is on food conservation and waste reduction.

Despite being a city girl, born and bred, she has an affinity for small family farmers and homesteaders (volunteered with harvesting during school holidays) and subscribes to Mother Earth News and Capper’s Farmer.

A voracious reader with a soft spot for mysteries, she’s a huge fan of public libraries, along with farmers’ markets, public transportation, and PBS. Plus, excellent bread and European-style butter (a confessed weakness).

She was married for 50 years to the love of her life and has two precious daughters.