Laurel Randolph

Laurel Randolph
Laurel Randolph 
Expertise: Instant Pot

Laurel Randolph has been a writer for over 10 years and a cook since she could properly hold a whisk.



Laurel became an avid cook and food lover at an early age, helping her parents and grandparents whip up meals. After working at Food Network and Serious Eats, she became a freelance food writer, editor, and recipe developer.

Laurel has written recipes and articles for The Spruce Eats since early 2017. She specializes in easy, flavorful, healthful recipes that anyone can make at home. She has also contributed to Paste Magazine, Eating Well, Eaten Magazine, Serious Eats, Table Matters, Los Angeles Magazine, KCET, and more.

For the last few years, Laurel has appeared at book events and taught classes for the Instant Pot, including cooking a gourmet, four-course dinner in pressure cookers for 75 guests. She also makes recipes from classic Simpsons episodes and posts them on The Joy of Cooking Milhouse.


Laurel has a bachelor of science from Middle Tennessee State University and a master's degree in Global Marketing Communications from Emerson College.

Awards and Publications

Laurel's first cookbook, titled Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook, was published by Rockridge Press in 2016 and was the #2 best selling cookbook of 2017. Her second cookbook, The Instant Pot No-Pressure Cookbook, was released in spring of 2018 via St. Martin's Press. Her next cookbook is due out in May 2020 via Good Books. She is currently working on a book about the history of pie.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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