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Richard Olney (April 12, 1927 — August 3, 1999) was an American painter, cook, food writer, editor, and memoirist, best known for known for his books of French country cooking.

Olney was born in Marathon, Iowa. He lived in a house above the village of Solliès-Toucas in Provence, France, for most of his adult life, where he wrote many classic and influential cookbooks of French country cooking. He had first moved to France in 1951, to Paris, where he was close friends with (and painted many of) the American and English bohemian expatriate set, including James Baldwin, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, painter John Craxton, poet John Ashbery, and composer Ned Rorem. Olney was homosexual.

His deep knowledge of traditional classic French food and wine got him a job writing a column entitled Un Américain (gourmand) à Paris for the journal Cuisine et Vins de France beginning in 1962. After The French Menu Cookbook was published in English in 1970, his then-revolutionary approach of seasonal menus and close attention to wine pairings began to attract notice in Britain and America. By the time he wrote Simple French Food in 1974, he was one of the most important food writers of the era, with a huge impact on nouvelle cuisine and California cuisine.

Alice Waters, of Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and Kermit Lynch, the well-known Berkeley wine writer and retailer, were both disciples. He introduced Lynch to the French wine growers who were to lead him to his new career, before he even had his first wine shop, including Lucien and Lulu Peyraud of Domaine Tempier, who were then re-establishing the Bandol AOC as a vineyard area of the first rank. James Beard was an important American mentor, and Olney, in the midst of his career, taught a series of cooking classes in Beard's West Village apartment. Despite this, Olney, in a memoir, presents a mixed picture of Beard's character.

From 1977 to 1982, Olney edited the 28-volume Time-Life book series The Good Cook. By the time of his death, from heart failure, in addition to the Time-Life set he had written many of his own brilliant, idiosyncratic, poetic books about food and wine. His last book, Reflexions, a memoir, was published posthumously.

Olney died aged 72 in Solliès-Toucas, France.

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Total Books: 48
Lulu's Provenal table
2018 - Lulu's Provenal Table (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781911621195
ISBN-10: 191162119X
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

Simple French Food 40th Anniversary Edition
2014 - Simple French Food 40th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780544242203
ISBN-10: 0544242203
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

2008 - Yquem (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9782080300737
ISBN-10: 2080300733
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

2005 - Reflexions (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781883283438
ISBN-10: 1883283434
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Cookbooks, Food & Wine

The Good Cook
2005 - The Good Cook (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781844001743
ISBN-10: 1844001741
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

Simple French Food
2003 - Simple French Food (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781904010289
ISBN-10: 1904010288
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

Lulu's Provencal Table
2002 - Lulu's Provencal Table (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781580084000
ISBN-10: 1580084001
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Provence the Beautiful Cookbook
1999 - Provence the Beautiful Cookbook (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780067575987
ISBN-10: 0067575986
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Substores
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Richard Olney's French Wine  Food A Wine Lover's Cookbook
1997 - Richard Olney's French Wine Food a Wine Lover's Cookbook (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781566562263
ISBN-10: 1566562260
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

The Good Cook's Encyclopedia
1997 - The Good Cook's Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781899988952
ISBN-10: 1899988955

Cooking for Two
1996 - Cooking for Two [Master Chefs] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780297836506
ISBN-10: 0297836501

Romanee Conti
1995 - Romanee Conti (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780847819270
ISBN-10: 0847819272
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, History, Substores

A Provencal Table Exuberant Food and Wine from the Domaine Tempier Vineyard
The French Menu Cookbook
1987 - The French Menu Cookbook (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780879235796
ISBN-10: 0879235799
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

The French Menu Cook Book
1986 - The French Menu Cook Book (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780863181818
ISBN-10: 0863181813

Fundamental FORTH
1985 - Fundamental Forth [Pan/Personal computer news computer library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780330289603
ISBN-10: 0330289608

FORTH Techniques
1985 - Forth Techniques [Pan/Personal computer news library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780330289610
ISBN-10: 0330289616

The Taste of France
1983 - The Taste of France (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780941434362
ISBN-10: 0941434362
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

1979 - Vegetables [Good Cook] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780705405928
ISBN-10: 0705405923

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