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Andrea Kirkland

Andrea Kirkland - Editor

Birmingham, United States

Editor and food writer with over 10 years of experience creating cookbooks on a wide range of cooking subjects.

Overview

Before becoming an independent cookbook editor, I worked at Time Inc. Books where I helped authors and brands shape their cookbooks to their fullest potential. I compiled, edited and managed the production of over 100 food publications for independent authors and national brands including Cooking Light, Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker and Lodge.

As an independent cookbook editor, I collaborate with other writers, chefs and passionate home cooks to help tell their food stories and share their recipes in beautifully illustrated books. Whether you need help developing your book or are looking for someone to edit recipes and polish your writing, I will work with you to bring your vision for your cookbook to life.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Health & wellbeing Publishing

Certifications

  • Registered Dieitian

Work experience

Freelance Editor and Cookbook Consultant

Self-employed
May, 2015 – Present (over 2 years)

Food writer and editor specializing in cookbook development, production and publishing. Work with independent authors and publishing companies to produce compelling books for the trade, mass and gift markets. Provide editorial review and consultation for publishing programs including publishing strategies, book concepts, titling, cover design, interior design and food photography.

Senior Editor

Time Inc Books
May, 2006 – May, 2015 (about 9 years)

Provided strategic leadership for nationally branded books and newsstand publications including Weight Watchers, The Biggest Loser, Cooking Light, Lodge, Mayo Clinic, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury. Produced beautifully illustrated cookbooks with delicious recipes to inspire consumer audiences to cook at home.
• Researched health, food, and nutrition trends to steer publications from concept through completion, including writing and editing manuscripts for over 10 publications annually
• Served as editorial liaison for 9 brands and improved business relationships as well as ensured publications delivered products on target with brands’ needs and standards
• Managed a team of in-house and freelance editors to produce over 27 publications that sold a total of 9 million units annually
• Leveraged market knowledge, trends, and competitive sales data to develop publication lists, including determining concepts, sales channels, pricing, and market positioning
• Led the creation of covers, interior designs, photography, and recipe development to ensure each accurately reflected the publication’s concept, brand, and market position
• Spearheaded, planned, and coordinated brainstorming meetings as well as competitive trend updates with managers and editors
• Created, monitored, and managed the editorial operations, including development plans and schedules to maximize workflow efficiency

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Lodge Cast Iron Nation: Great American Cooking from Coast to Coast

The Lodge Company

Cast-iron skillets, pots, and Dutch ovens are enjoying a surge in popularity among cookware users all across America, and no wonder: it's inexpensive, long lasting, eco-friendly, sustainable, versatile, and healthy! It's no longer just for the camper or cowboy-today, it's a staple piece of cookware in any kitchen helmed by a cook who loves good food. Lodge Cast Iron Nation provides 200 recipes... read more

Cast-iron skillets, pots, and Dutch ovens are enjoying a surge in popularity among cookware users all across America, and no wonder: it's inexpensive, long lasting, eco-friendly, sustainable, versatile, and healthy! It's no longer just for the camper or cowboy-today, it's a staple piece of cookware in any kitchen helmed by a cook who loves good food. Lodge Cast Iron Nation provides 200 recipes... read more

Cooking Light Lighten Up, America!: Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free

Allison Fishman Task

**As seen on ABC's The Chew!** >See author Allison Fishman Task talk about the book below< Cooking Light Lighten Up, America! is a celebration and discovery of regional American cooking, and the permission to eat the foods you love-it's the soul of American cooking made light. This collection of America's favorite fare offers healthy versions of classics new and old, memory-making recipes from... read more

**As seen on ABC's The Chew!** >See author Allison Fishman Task talk about the book below< Cooking Light Lighten Up, America! is a celebration and discovery of regional American cooking, and the permission to eat the foods you love-it's the soul of American cooking made light. This collection of America's favorite fare offers healthy versions of classics new and old, memory-making recipes from... read more

Power Foods for Diabetes Cookbook: The Top 20 Foods and 150 Recipes for Total Health

The Editors of Cooking Light Magazine

Eating healthy when you have diabetes can be a challenge. Luckily, Cooking Light teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to offer a solution: Power Foods for Diabetes, a cookbook filled with delicious recipes for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.Home cooks will discover more than 150 great-tasting dishes featuring heart healthy, high fiber, disease-fighting ingredients such as leafy gr... read more

Eating healthy when you have diabetes can be a challenge. Luckily, Cooking Light teamed up with the American Diabetes Association to offer a solution: Power Foods for Diabetes, a cookbook filled with delicious recipes for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.Home cooks will discover more than 150 great-tasting dishes featuring heart healthy, high fiber, disease-fighting ingredients such as leafy gr... read more

Cooking Light We [Heart] Cooking!: Totally Tasty Food for Kids

Lilly and Audrey Andrews, The Editors of Cooking Light Magazine

A People Magazine New Fall Cookbooks Pick Twelve-year-old Twin Chefs Lilly and Audrey are going to teach you and your kids how to make 85 taste bud-tingling recipes that are a blast to cook and eat! With an emphasis on creativity, tasty flavor combinations and ease in preparation, We {Heart} Cooking! is the perfect cookbook for kids and parents who want to prepare healthy food the whole family... read more

A People Magazine New Fall Cookbooks Pick Twelve-year-old Twin Chefs Lilly and Audrey are going to teach you and your kids how to make 85 taste bud-tingling recipes that are a blast to cook and eat! With an emphasis on creativity, tasty flavor combinations and ease in preparation, We {Heart} Cooking! is the perfect cookbook for kids and parents who want to prepare healthy food the whole family... read more

The 10 Pounds Off Paleo Diet: The Easy Way to Drop Inches in Just 28 Days

The Editors of Cooking Light Magazine, John Hastings

Paleo is the hottest diet trend right now, but for many people, the idea of giving up carbs, gluten and dairy is so overwhelming it's hard to know where to start. The revolutionary 10 Pounds Off: The Paleo Diet makes it easy to go Paleo step by step, and is geared to beginners who are looking for a simple, effective way to lose weight. Combining guidance from trusted health experts with delici... read more

Paleo is the hottest diet trend right now, but for many people, the idea of giving up carbs, gluten and dairy is so overwhelming it's hard to know where to start. The revolutionary 10 Pounds Off: The Paleo Diet makes it easy to go Paleo step by step, and is geared to beginners who are looking for a simple, effective way to lose weight. Combining guidance from trusted health experts with delici... read more

Cooking Light Pressure Cooking Made Simple: Slow-Cooked Flavor in Half the Time

Editors of Cooking Light Magazine

Pressure cookers are making a comeback. Ready to try this handy device? Learn everything you need in Cooking Light's complete guide to making the most of your pressure cooker. Today's pressure cooker is safe, easy to use, and helps you prepare a homemade meal in a fast food time frame. In Pressure Cooking Made Simple, you'll find brand new one-pot recipes along with valuable advice on buying a... read more

Pressure cookers are making a comeback. Ready to try this handy device? Learn everything you need in Cooking Light's complete guide to making the most of your pressure cooker. Today's pressure cooker is safe, easy to use, and helps you prepare a homemade meal in a fast food time frame. In Pressure Cooking Made Simple, you'll find brand new one-pot recipes along with valuable advice on buying a... read more

The Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook: Simple Food Solutions for Everyday Meals

Editors of Cooking Light Magazine

Cooking Light introduces The Gluten-Free Cookbook-the search for simple, healthy and delicious gluten-free meals is over. Cooking Light developed more than 180 everyday recipes that will work for the reader searching for a wide variety of satisfying and flavorful gluten-free dishes. Designed in a full-color, easy-to-read format, Cooking Light The Gluten-Free Cookbook is the defi nitive guide t... read more

Cooking Light introduces The Gluten-Free Cookbook-the search for simple, healthy and delicious gluten-free meals is over. Cooking Light developed more than 180 everyday recipes that will work for the reader searching for a wide variety of satisfying and flavorful gluten-free dishes. Designed in a full-color, easy-to-read format, Cooking Light The Gluten-Free Cookbook is the defi nitive guide t... read more

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: Weeknight Meals: Over 280 Incredible Supper Solutions

Editors of Cooking Light Magazine

Dinnertime stress is over! Enjoy over 280 all-new 5-ingredient, 5-minute recipes guaranteed to come together easily from start to finish-fast. With options for 2, 4, or 6 servings, households of all sizes can share a home-cooked meal. These Test Kitchen approved recipes are tailor-made for hectic lifestyles and health-conscious families. More than recipes...This must-have collection offers ove... read more

Dinnertime stress is over! Enjoy over 280 all-new 5-ingredient, 5-minute recipes guaranteed to come together easily from start to finish-fast. With options for 2, 4, or 6 servings, households of all sizes can share a home-cooked meal. These Test Kitchen approved recipes are tailor-made for hectic lifestyles and health-conscious families. More than recipes...This must-have collection offers ove... read more

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: Over 280 Incredibly Flavorful 5-Ingredient 15-Minute Recipes

Editors of Cooking Light Magazine

With over 280 incredibly delicious flavorful 5-ingredient, 150 minute recipes at your fingertips, you'll discover how simple it is to serve a healthful home-cooked meal on a busy weeknight. Our Test Kitchens experts have paired easy side dishes and desserts with superfast entrées to create over 160 mouthwatering menus. Organized by easy-to-use food categories, including Soups, Sandwiches, Sala... read more

With over 280 incredibly delicious flavorful 5-ingredient, 150 minute recipes at your fingertips, you'll discover how simple it is to serve a healthful home-cooked meal on a busy weeknight. Our Test Kitchens experts have paired easy side dishes and desserts with superfast entrées to create over 160 mouthwatering menus. Organized by easy-to-use food categories, including Soups, Sandwiches, Sala... read more

Cooking Light The Fresh Food Fast Cookbook: The Ultimate Collection of Top-Rated Everyday Dishes

Editors of Cooking Light Magazine

Home cooks count on the Fresh Food Fast books to give them fresh food around the clock and this book does not disappoint. It fits a busy lifestyle perfectly with short ingredient lists, straightforward procedures, fresh ingredients, and delicious results. The recipes and meals in this cookbook will be the most requested, often-repeated solutions in your daily repertoire.This book includes: Mar... read more

Home cooks count on the Fresh Food Fast books to give them fresh food around the clock and this book does not disappoint. It fits a busy lifestyle perfectly with short ingredient lists, straightforward procedures, fresh ingredients, and delicious results. The recipes and meals in this cookbook will be the most requested, often-repeated solutions in your daily repertoire.This book includes: Mar... read more

Gooseberry Patch Everyday Cakes, Pies & Cookies

Gooseberry Patch

Fill your kitchen with the scent of fresh baked goodies! In Everyday Cakes, Pies & Cookies, Gooseberry Patch presents 260 desserts your whole family will love. This mouthwatering collection features cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, bread puddings, frozen treats, and more. You'll find tried-and-true recipes for every occasion, from weeknight meals and bake sales to special get-togethers with fri... read more

Fill your kitchen with the scent of fresh baked goodies! In Everyday Cakes, Pies & Cookies, Gooseberry Patch presents 260 desserts your whole family will love. This mouthwatering collection features cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, bread puddings, frozen treats, and more. You'll find tried-and-true recipes for every occasion, from weeknight meals and bake sales to special get-togethers with fri... read more

Betty Crocker Best Cupcakes & Cakes

Jeff Nowak

72 recipe cards plus fun and fresh ways of decorating cupcakes from Betty Crocker.

72 recipe cards plus fun and fresh ways of decorating cupcakes from Betty Crocker.

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