Lucinda Hutson


Lucinda Hutson is a nationally celebrated food, spirits, garden, and lifestyle writer/lecturer and tequila aficionada. She also designs gardens, creates festive events and consults on recipes and menus.

Lucinda wrote The Herb Garden Cookbook, now in its Second Edition and 26th year of publication and Tequila! Cooking with the Spirit of Mexico,  an out-of-print collectible written in 1995, way ahead of the tequila boom.  In her newest book, ¡Viva Tequila!  Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures, she shares her more than thirty years of experiences traveling through Mexico’s agave country.

Her gardening, cooking, lifestyle and spirits features appear in magazines such as Southern Living, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, The Herb Companion, Chocolatier, Kitchen Garden, Food Arts, Texas Highways, and she writes as a regular column in Edible  Austin. Southern Living selected her colorful recipes as the May 2001 cover along with a feature article of her gardens. Fine Gardening featured her "outdoor rooms", comparing them to the many small courses of a lavish feast. 

Lucinda hosts PBS and HGTV tours of her gardens and seasonal festivities, such as KLRU’s “Lucinda’s Mexican Day of the Dead Altar” and “Fiesta in Lucinda’s Garden”.  She hosted an episode of HGTV’s  "The Gardener's Diary" in her garden and they returned to film her home and gardens for another show,Home Strange Home”, which features unforgettably distinctive homes.  Predictable isn't in Lucinda’s vocabulary or her garden. A purple cottage surrounded by whimsical garden folk art and overflowing with a vast array of Technicolor plants should hint that Lucinda Hutson has a unique style. Intimate "outdoor rooms" provide guests with a setting for many occasions and moods.

She has presented popular slide show lectures at the Smithsonian, several conventions for the International Association of Culinary Professionals and The Herb Society of America, as well as the Philadelphia Flower Show, and numerous arboretums and garden clubs across the country.

Over the years, Lucinda has created popular events for venues such as the Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival; Share Our Strength, a national non-profit anti-hunger organization; the Texas Book Festival; and San Antonio's New World Wine and Food Festival.  She designs and partakes in many other events featuring her fiesta foods and legendary libations--sangría, tequila cocktails, and festive tequila punches. Lucinda served as “Mistress of Ceremonies” for the José Cuervo 200th Anniversary Dinners in New York and in San Francisco, and presented a tequila tasting with Austin's beloved Fonda San Miguel restaurant for a James Beard Foundation dinner in New York.

Lucinda Hutson was born and reared in El Paso, Texas, where she learned to speak Spanish fluently. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas.  She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Central America, and Europe, which influenced her cooking and writing. 

A fiesta of herbs, flowers, and whimsical folk art surrounds her renowned "Texican" artisan cottage in Austin, replete with its own tequila cantina.  With her lively personality, unique flair and attention to presentation, Lucinda turns every meal into a celebration, and every party into a fiesta!