- Date of birth: April 12, 1927
- Died: August 03, 1999
- Born: in Marathon, Iowa, The United States.
- Description: Richard Olney was an American painter, cook, food writer, editor, and memoirist, best known for known for his books of French country cooking.Olney lived in a house above the village of Solliès-Toucas in Provence, France, for most of his adult life, where he wrote many classic and influential cookbooks of French country cooking. He had first moved to France in 1951, to Paris, where he was close friends with (and painted many of) the American and English bohemian expatriate set, including James Baldwin, filmmaker Kenneth Anger, painter John Craxton, poet John Ashbery, and composer Ned Rorem.He was also friends with Elizabeth David.