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Bon Appetit: Secrets from Shanghai Kitchens – Lady Maze and Mrs Bowden

Posted: September 1st, 2021 | No Comments »

The other day I mentioned the cookbook Bon Appetit: Secrets from Shanghai Kitchens (1940). It was a compilation of recipes from various somewhat posh foreign notables in Shanghai. The book was compiled by Laura Gwendoline Maze and Dorothy Bowden – both Australians.

Laura Maze, aka Lady Maze, was the wife of Sir Frederick Wiliam Maze, the very important Inspector-General of the Chinese Maritime Customs between 1929 and 1943. He was the nephew of Sir Robert Hart and a fellow Ulsterman. For those who like their trade officials biographies in more detail there is a very long Wikipedia entry on him here. The point being that he married Laura, a Queenslander. Lady Maze’s collaborator was Dorothy Bowden, the wife of V. G. Bowden, from Sydney and Australian Trade Commissioner in Shanghai from 1935 to 1941.

Unfortunately I have pictures of both Sir Fred Maze and Vivian Bowden, but not their wives?

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