Carol Lee Flinders
OccupationAuthor, Educator
EducationStanford University, B.A.
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.
GenreVegetarian Cooking
Notable worksLaurel's Kitchen and The Making of a Teacher
SpouseTim Flinders

Carol Lee Flinders is a writer, independent scholar, educator, speaker, and former syndicated columnist. She is best known as one of the three authors of Laurel's Kitchen along with Laurel Robertson and Bronwen Godfrey. She is also the co- author of The Making of a Teacher with Tim Flinders.

Early life and education

Flinders was born to Gilbert H. and Jeanne Lee Ramage,[1] and grew up on a farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley.[2] In 1958 her family moved to Spokane.[1] She graduated from North Central High School (Spokane, Washington) in 1961,[3] later receiving a bachelors degree from Stanford University, and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley.[4][5]


Flinders became nationally known in 1976 through her coauthorship of Laurel's Kitchen, a widely acclaimed guide to vegetarian cookery that has been described as a "renowned countercultural cookbook,"[6][7]: 417  and as "the Fannie Farmer of vegetarian cooking."[8]: 142  Later, cultural historians contended that "Laurel's Kitchen was as much a lifestyle guide as it was a cookbook."[9]: 153 

Beginning in the late 1980s, Flinders published a series of books on spirituality. The first, entitled The Making of a Teacher (1989), was coauthored with her husband Timothy Flinders. It provided an oral history of the life and work of spiritual teacher Eknath Easwaran, who had helped inspire the creation of Laurel's Kitchen, and who in 1968 at U.C. Berkeley had taught what was believed to be the first accredited course on meditation at a Western university.[10]

She was a Lecturer in Spirituality at Holy Names College in Oakland, California.[4]


Vegetarian cooking

Additional Laurel's Kitchen books

Several related books have been published by the same groups of authors. These books were based on a similar underlying philosophy, and also included the phrase "Laurel's Kitchen" in the title:


Flinders published a syndicated newspaper column for 12 years (1977—1989), focused on vegetarian cookery. Entitled Notes from Laurel's Kitchen, it appeared in 20 newspapers in 1987.[1] The column was published in a number of newspapers including The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA),[11] and The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR).[12]

Spirituality and/or feminism


Interviews and profiles


  1. ^ a b c Jamie Neely (September 15, 1987). "Author pursues spiritual goals in 'laurel's kitchen'". Spokane Chronicle. pp. F1. OCLC 17365219. Retrieved 21 Oct 2012.
  2. ^ Maura Thurman (August 8, 2006). "Taking a New Path: 'Laurel's Kitchen' Co-Author Writes about Feminism, Spirituality". Marin Independent Journal. ISSN 0891-5164. OCLC 61313188.
  3. ^ Dan Webster (March 5, 1998). "Klaas case bolsters Flinders' theory". The Spokesman Review. pp. D1 (In Life section). OCLC 11102529.
  4. ^ a b "Holy Names Catalog 2011-2013" (PDF). Holy Names College. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  5. ^ Harper's biography
  6. ^ Belasco, Warren (2007). Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on The Food Industry. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0801473296.
  7. ^ Elizabeth Hearne & Robert D. Johnston (2009). Raising the Roof: Science, Feminism, and Home Economics. Reviews in American History, v37 n3, pp413-419. doi:10.1353/rah.0.0121.
  8. ^ Mary Drake McFeely (2001). Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?: American Women and the Kitchen in the Twentieth Century. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 1-55849-333-6 (NB: Laurel's Kitchen is discussed in pp. 141-145)
  9. ^ Megan J. Elias (2008). Stir it up: home economics in American culture. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-4079-0. (NB: Laurel's Kitchen and it impact on American culture is analyzed and discussed in pages 152-160)
  10. ^ Flinders, Tim; Carol Flinders (1989). The Making of a Teacher: Conversations with Eknath Easwaran. Petaluma, CA: Nilgiri Press. ISBN 9780915132546. OCLC 18983479. ISBN 0915132540
  11. ^ Carol Flinders (March 5, 1980). "Notes from Laurel's Kitchen" (March 5, 1980) The Spokesman-Review (accessed 24 October 2012)
  12. ^ Carol Flinders (Sep. 30, 1980). "Notes from Laurel's Kitchen" (Sep. 30, 1980) The Register-Guard (accessed 24 October 2012)