Order The Cookbook Tree of Life

treeoflifeThe Cookbook Tree of Life will be celebrated this weekend at The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. This gorgeously illustrated letterpress broadside tracks the development of cookbooks through four centuries and half a dozen languages.  It features original artwork by Keith Cranmer and was crafted by master printer Norman Clayton. Printed in seven colors on 100% cotton paper, this 16 x 20 inch poster is part of a limited edition print run of only 200 signed and numbered copies. Order yours now; it’s destined to be a cherished collectible!

Size: 16”x 20”
Price: $65.00

To order, email nicole@lavarenne.com or call 310-889-8960.

Remembering an Old Friend: The Olio Cookery Book

Zester Daily “As soon as I had learned to read, in the down moments of the kitchen while a cake baked, I would huddle in a corner to avoid Emily’s feet and pick up the Olio. The limp, brownish cover enclosed surprising information among its 1,400 recipes.” (Anne Willan in Zester Daily)

Many thanks to Zester Daily for publishing my story on Olio. It was a pleasure to revisit the old book after so many years on the shelf. Enjoy!

Cynthia Nims Talks SECRETS

IMG_4538B[1]“It’s the only book that resides full-time in my kitchen, tucked between the flour and coffee bins on the counter for easy access…If you’ve got a hankering for homemade ice cream or need some guidelines for fish stock, you’ll find it here. Some of the offerings are perfect as-is recipes.” (Cynthia Nims in Mon Appetit)

La Varenne alumna, Cynthia Nims, has published a review of SECRETS on her website. I am in awe of the tattered and well-loved copies that have been popping up through our alumni network. It is a thrill to be able to now share this most-useful book with the world. Cheers, Anne

Sugar and Sweets has arrived!

OCSS coverThOCSS cover (2)e Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets is finally here! It was an absolute pleasure to contribute a chapter on French desserts, but an even greater pleasure to have the complete book in our office. This comprehensive encyclopedia contains detailed descriptions on everything from laddu to layer cake, this is a must-have title for any kitchen.

“France became one of the first countries to explore the possibilities of sugar when cheap supplies came flooding in from the Caribbean and South America at the start of the seventeenth century… France is the home of petits fours, a term that first appeared in Patissier francois in 1653 and referred to the little ovens that had been invented, designed for baking miniature versions of almond cakes, puff pastries, and small cookies. These dry little cakes are often sold in bulk for nibbling at home, the nearest thing to cookies for the American cookie jar.” (Anne Willan, The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets)

Six Questions with Caroline Wright


In honor of the launch of her new website, we sat down with La Varenne alumna Caroline Wright to ask her a few questions. Caroline gave us the dish on her career in food, her newest book and what it’s like to work with a toddler in the mix!

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in food? Was there a meal, a place, a person that made you realize that cooking was more than a hobby for you?

I always enjoyed cooking as a hobby throughout my childhood — looking up recipes, learning about how dishes were made and serving them to my family as a special occasion. However, when I went to college in Paris as a literature student, I lived just near my university on a market street called Rue Cler. I had never known fresh produce like that, or such a consummate culture of good eating as I then saw in Paris. Like me, everyone there was spending their days wondering what to cook or eat next but with skill and access to ingredients that I hadn’t yet seen before. (more…)

The Burma Cookbook!

Burma-cookbook-Burma-food-tour-213x300The Burma Cookbook, by alumnus Robert Cormack and his partner Morrison Polkinhorne, has been shortlisted for the ‘Best in the World,’ as well as ‘Best Foreign-International Cookbook’ by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

With over ten years in the making, this deliciously illustrated book will transport you to another place. From the Anglo-Burmese recipes of the past to the dishes of today, The Burma Cookbook offers easy to follow recipes as well as a comprehensive glossary.

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards will be held on June 9th in Yantai, China. We will be wishing our dear friends Robert and Morrison the very best from Santa Monica, CA. Congrats!

5-27-15 Anne Willan Talks Secrets from the Culinary Road

LaVarenne_FrontCoverOn May 27th, Anne Willan will be joining WILFSLA and The Kitchen Terminal in Redondo Beach for a very special evening of food, wine and stories. Enjoy nibbles from Anne’s latest book as she dishes on how a part-time job teaching glove-making evolved into an amazing career in food. For details or to buy tickets click here.

May 27th, 2015 from 7-8:30pm
The Kitchen Terminal
2617 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 9027
(424) 297-0409

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