Rose Elliot
OccupationCookbook writer

Rose Elliot (born 1945) MBE is a British vegetarian cookery writer. She has written over 50 books on vegetarian cookery, which have sold three million copies around the world.[1] Her first book, Simply Delicious, was published in 1967. Her latest cookery book, The Best Of Rose Elliot: The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection was published by Mitchell Beazley in 2014.


At the age of three, she made the connection between fish to eat and the living creatures themselves and decided to become a vegetarian.[2]

Her grandmother, Grace Cooke, was the founder of the spiritualist group White Eagle Lodge.[2] As a member of the family, and vegetarian from the age of three, Rose began cooking vegetarian food at the White Eagle Lodge Retreat Centre "New Lands". She enthusiastically rose to the challenge and created new recipes. Her food was so popular that her recipes were much in demand. This led to her producing a small booklet for the White Eagle Lodge charity. A few publicity copies went out, including to The Times. Rave reviews led to orders from bookshops, launching her career as a cookery writer.[3] Her books are characterized by a chatty style and anecdotes about her experiments in cookery with her family.

Inspired by her late mother, Joan Hodgson, Rose became interested in astrology at 13, dedicating her book Life Cycles to her. For 5 years she also wrote "a weekly astrological column[clarification needed] for British magazines including Woman’s Realm, Here’s Health and She. With her husband, Robert, she developed a computer based service "Rose Elliot Horoscopes".[4][full citation needed] Rose Elliot was awarded the diploma of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (DFAstrolS) and joined the Astrological Association when she was 19, and in 2005 she became a Fellow of The Association of Professional Astrologers International (APAI). Her Life Cycles was completely revised and published by Polair Publishing in November 2008.[5]

Rose is patron of the Vegetarian Society, VIVA and The Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation.[3][6]

She lives in Hampshire and in London, and is a member of MENSA.[3]

Awards and honours

In 1999, she was awarded the MBE for services to vegetarian cookery.[2]

Select bibliography


  1. ^ "Follow Your Bliss!". Retrieved 27 March 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Rose Elliot Interview Tony Wardle journalist, Summer 2005.
  3. ^ a b c The Quiet Mind Centre, A charity based in Exmouth, East Devon, Accessed March 2011.
  4. ^ Recollection of mother, p. xiii, and data from biography on dust jacket of her Life Cycles: The Influence of Planetary Cycles on Our Lives, Macmillan, 1993.
  5. ^ See Rose Elliot website
  6. ^ "Rose Elliot MBE". Retrieved 27 March 2023.