Laurel Randolph has been a writer for over 15 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 Food52, Paste Magazine, Eating Well, Simply Recipes, Eaten Magazine, Serious Eats, Insider, 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 third cookbook came out in May 2020 via Good Books and The Unofficial Simpsons Cookbook was released by Adams Media in August 2021.
About The Spruce
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