Richard Oleny was a food writer and cookbook author. He was born in Iowa, but spent most of his adult life in France, where he began writing a column entitled, Un Americain (gourmand) a Paris. After studying the French style of cooking he published two books, The French Menu Cookbook (1970) and, Simple French Food (1974). Mr. Olney was a friend of James Beard, and taught a series of cooking classes in Beard’s West Village apartment. His culinary philosophy, which focused on the simple ingredients of the French countryside, made him an influential member of the nouvelle cuisine food movement. He was a mentor to Alice Water of Chez Panisse, and in 2010, The Observer Food Monthly voted The French Menu Cookbook, as their favorite cookbook. Some of Mr. Olney’s other publications are Provence, The Beautiful Cookbook, Ten Vineyard Lunches, Richard Olney’s French Wine and Food: A Wine Lover’s Cookbook and his memoir, Reflexions. He passed away in 1999 at the age of 72.