Anne Willan founded La Varenne Cooking School in Paris in 1975, and has more than sixty years of experience as a teacher, author, and culinary historian. Willan has written more than thirty books, including the double James Beard Award–winning, The Country Cooking of France, the Gourmand Award–winning The Cookbook Library, and the ground-breaking La Varenne Pratique, as well as the Look and Cook series, showcased in a PBS television series. In 2013, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Awards Hall of Fame. Willan serves as an Emeritus Advisor for The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. She divides her time between London and the south of France.