About Me

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I create cookbooks by partnering with chefs, actors, philanthropists, artists, and anyone else who needs a hand writing their story and testing or developing recipes. I’ve co-authored New York Times bestsellers, Washington Post ‘Best Cookbook of the Year’ selections, and James Beard and IACP cookbook award finalists.

It’s been busy! In March, Alba Huerta shares the magic of her Houston bar with Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned.

And I’m just as excited as everyone else for Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering coming in April!

Other recent titles include Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love, written with the celebrated chef and Top Chef Masters winner; Guy Fieri Family Food: 125 Real-Deal Recipes–Kitchen Tested, Home Approved with the Food Network superstar; and two books with the Forks Over Knives organization, The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Dietand Forks Over Knives Family: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Kids on a Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet.

My culinary career began in France, where I worked at La Varenne, Anne Willan’s acclaimed cooking school. In the mid-1990s I moved to New York to work with Maria Guarnaschelli at Scribner on the 1997 edition of the Joy of Cooking. Soon after Joy was published, I became an editor in the trade paperback division of Simon & Schuster. For several years I enjoyed acquiring and editing a wide variety of health, parenting, and lifestyle books, as well as a few novels.

In 2001 I launched my freelancing career. Since then, I’ve written and published books with actress and restaurateur Eva Longoria; fitness expert Jillian Michaels; Sam Beall and the chefs and artisans of Blackberry Farm; the Golden Door spa and former Executive Chef Dean Rucker; Outstanding in the Field founder Jim Denevan; and Nick Mautone, former Managing Partner at New York’s Gramercy Tavern. I served as a consulting editor on the 75th anniversary edition of the Joy of Cooking, published in 2006.

I live in the Washington, DC metro area with my family and one Bear.

For inquiries, please contact Sarah Smith at David Black Literary Agency: 718-852-5500‬.

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