Hi! I’m Laura Davidson and welcome to A Beautiful Plate! I’m so glad you’re here!

Cooking, trying new ingredients, and experimenting in the kitchen excite me more than anything else. I grew up cooking with my mom, grandmothers, and sisters. Sharing my passion for cooking and baking – and inspiring others in the kitchen – is my greatest passion. 

Laura Davidson A Beautiful Plate

My love affair with cooking began many years ago. I grew up in a family of die-hard food lovers. We were the type of family that would sit down for a family dinner almost every night of the week. We discussed lunch and dinner plans at breakfast. We even took pictures of our food sometimes (yes, before cell phone cameras or Instagram existed).

Food is serious business in my household.

I always knew that cooking would be a large part of my life, but didn’t know how big of a role it would play until I made the decision to enroll in professional culinary school and pursue a career in the food industry.

Laura Davidson A Beautiful Plate

Attending culinary school was one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of my life. After graduating from culinary school, I worked as a line cook at an award-winning restaurant in Washington, DC before transitioning to managing marketing and communications for a national fine foods distributor. 

In August of 2014, I left my full-time position to pursue A Beautiful Plate full-time. I currently live in Bend, Oregon with my husband, Connor King, Marley (our lovable rescue dog), and cat, Max.

You can find me on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. You can reach me directly at laura@abeautifulplate.com. If you’d like to keep in touch, you can also subscribe to my e-newsletter to receive new posts or my weekly e-newsletter! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit this site and try my recipes! It means the world to me. 


My Cooking Philosophy:

I love creating fresh, seasonally-inspired meals that showcase quality ingredients in a unique, approachable, and beautiful way!

When it comes to my favorite foods, I don’t discriminate. I eat a little bit of everything, and it is my goal for this site to be a true and accurate depiction of that. You’ll find recipes from all ends of the spectrum: weeknight dinnershealthier and lighter dishes, pastas, comforting soups and stews, breakfasts, indulgent desserts and pastries, drinks, and side dishes. 

Everyday eats, if you will.

A Beautiful Plate Recipes

The vast majority of the recipes shared on this site are elegant, yet simple and time-friendly. Food should be celebrated! My biggest sources of recipe inspiration come from restaurant meals, my background, farmers markets,  magazines, cookbooks, and travel experiences.

The vast majority of recipes you see on the site are my own, unless otherwise noted in the recipe. I try to test all recipes several times and would never share anything that I didn’t try or eat myself. If you’ve made or tried one of my recipes, I love any and all feedback. Please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email.

Why Culinary School?:

After graduating from college and starting on the path to attend graduate school, I started a part-time job working as a baker and decorator for a popular food truck in the Washington, DC area. At the time, I was merely fulfilling a life-long dream to work in the food industry. 

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Two weeks later, I became the lead baker and was soon whipping up and decorating between 20-50 dozen cupcakes and other baked goods daily. It was an amazing learning experience and I have a few burns and scars to prove it (like that one time I got a pastry tip stuck on my finger).

I loved working with my hands, being busy all the time, and doing something where I could finally put my creativity and love of food to use. I eventually decided to take the plunge and enroll in professional culinary school. 

You can follow my experience in culinary school here.

 Getting Around the Site:

  • I love to hear from you! If you want to get in touch with me, feel free to contact me using this form or send me an email at  laura [AT] abeautifulplate [DOT] com. You can also reach out to me via social media.
  • If you are looking for a specific recipe, visit my visual recipe archive.
  • If you have a general or photography-related question, check the FAQ page.
  • Have a specific question about a recipe? Please leave a comment on the original recipe post and I will try to respond back to you as soon as possible.
  • Want to work with me? Read ways in which we can partner together here or send me an email directly at laura [AT] abeautifulplate [DOT] com.