Laura Washburn Hutton

Laura Washburn Hutton

Food writer

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Laura Washburn Hutton is an award-winning food writer. Born in California, she is a graduate of La Varenne cookery school in Paris and holds an MSc in Food Policy from City University London. She wears many hats: a former assistant to Patricia Wells, commissioning editor and author of more than 10 cookery books, she also gardens, takes endless photos of her dog and manages social media for a property company in North London, where she lives. Laura is also on the Committee of the Guild of Food Writers and a member of the Society of Authors.

Books by Laura Washburn Hutton

Laura's favorite cookbooks

Bistro Cooking

Bistro Cooking

By Patricia Wells

I began working as an assistant to Patricia Wells when she had almost finished this book. I saw firsthand how well tested and researched the book is, so of course I got a copy when it came out. I have cooked so many things from this book, time and time again. It is more authentic than most French cookery books on the subject and is a great reference book for accessible French cooking. Notable recipes: Moules La Cagouille, Gigot d'Agneau a la Sept Heures, Oxtail Terrine.

La bonne cuisine de Mme St Ange

La bonne cuisine de Mme St Ange

My French copy of this book is well worn; as an American in Paris in the 80s it was my 'Joy of Cooking'. I did consult on the translation. Notable recipes: Rabbit Cooked in Wine (Gibelotte ménagère), Veal Flank with Tarragon, ̀Creamed Sorrel.

When French Women Cook

When French Women Cook

By Madeleine Kamman

The best title for a cookbook ever, plus such good reading. Life, memoir and recipes from France between 1934-1970. I am very fond of this book. Notable recipes: Pineau, Gratin de Poireaux, Cheese and Cumin Quiche.

Second Classic Italian Cookbook

Second Classic Italian Cookbook

By Marcella Hazan

Another unillustrated book from the beginnings of my cooking days. It has stood the test of time beautifully and is still my go-to for all things Italian. Exceptionally this is a sequel which is better than the first. Notable recipes: A Country Cake with Fresh Pears, Spinach and Rice Soup, Pan-roasted Spare ribs from Treviso, Chicken and Red Cabbage.

Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook

Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook

By Alice Waters

I have never been to the restaurant but this book, organized by menu, makes me feel like I have. Or could pretend if I dared to tackle the cooking. That said, many of the recipes are actually very simple. But the real charm of this book is in seeing the menu compositions, each of which is a small masterpiece. Notable recipes: Salt cod bouillabaise, Salade Nicoise, Goat Cheese Soufflé.

French Farmhouse Cookbook

French Farmhouse Cookbook

A journey round the farmhouses of France, this represents such an amazing amount of work and documents so many lovely stories and recipes. there is an American farmhouse version as well, equally good, but I have a preference for French food so this is my choice. It is a shame that book budgets now favour photos over research because this sort of thing may never get written again. Best recipes: Dandelion Greens Omelette, Vin d'Orange, Homemakers' Pastry.

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The Silver Palate Cookbook

The Silver Palate Cookbook

By Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. Remember when raspberry vinegar was the most exotic pantry item you could have? Maybe not, but The Silver Palate books are like time capsules for how we ate in the 80s. I was at university in France then and they were my connection with American food culture. And the illustrations! So retro but fabulous all the same. Notable recipes: Chicken Monterey, Sweet Potato & Carrot Puree.

The Victory Garden Cook Book

The Victory Garden Cook Book

By Marian Morash

I learned about this from Patricia Wells, who loves this book. I never saw the PBS show, but the book is indeed wonderful. Ahead of its time in terms of veg patch cooking; dated in parts but, on the whole, incredibly thorough and still very informative and relevant. Best recipes: Radish Top Soup, All the Squash recipes, Shinbone Soup.