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! Three of my collaborations were published last year. First up in the spring was Flavorwalla (Artisan), written with celebrated chef and Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz, which received excellent reviews, including starred Publishers Weekly and Library Journal reviews. Later in the year came Guy Fieri Family Food (William Morrow), my first collaboration with the Food Network star. Also published last fall was my second book with the Forks Over Knives organization, The Forks Over Knives Family (Touchstone), a lifestyle guide and cookbook for whole-food, plant-based families.

Next year I’m excited for even more people to meet the fabulous and brilliant Alba Huerta and taste a bit of the magic of her Houston bar when Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned comes out in March (Ten Speed Press).

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.

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