Lee loved to encourage her friends and guests to get stuck in with helping around the house when they stayed. Having moved to Farleys in 1949 whilst food rationing was still enforced in Britain, having access to an orchard and vegetable garden, as well as fresh eggs and milk from the animals on her farm, allowed Lee to further explore her passion for food.
Eliot Elisofon, whilst looking the part of a chef, actually worked as a staff photographer for LIFE magazine (1942-1964) and during World War II was the only photographer to accompany General Patton throughout the North African Campaign. In 1941 his image of General Patton was the first colour cover of LIFE magazine. Patton gave him the nickname 'Hellsapopin' to reflect Eliot's desire to get as close to the action as possible.
While on assignment for Life in Hollywood, Elisofon started to use motion picture colour filters in still photography. In 1951, when photographing the film African Queen, the director John Huston hired him as the colour consultant on his next film, 'Moulin Rouge', after hearing Eliot's theories on colour filters. In 1952. Eliot went onto consult on colour film in other movies such as 'Bell, Book and Candle' and 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' by director George Stevens.
A couple of years after this picture was taken, Lee re-modelled her kitchen to include fitted cupboards, which she had seen in America. It was something almost completely unheard of in England at the time and people used to come to see her kitchen. The picture above the oven is 'The Cat and Canary' by her and Roland's friend, the artist Oscar Dominguez.