Ashley Strickland Freeman

Ashley Strickland Freeman – Editor

2017 IACP award winning food stylist, recipe developer and tester, editor, and food writer


Ashley Strickland Freeman is a 2017 IACP Award winning food stylist, recipe developer and tester, author, and editor. She grew up in Savannah, Georgia and realized her passion for food and cooking at a very young age. After receiving a degree in Journalism from The University of Georgia and a degree in Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) in New York, New York, she moved to Birmingham, Alabama where she worked in the Oxmoor House test kitchens, developing, testing, and food styling recipes for cookbooks for the brands of Southern Living, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Weight Watchers, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Health, and Gooseberry Patch. From there she transitioned to the editorial side and was the Food Editor of over 30 publications before becoming a freelancer in 2013.

Her latest projects include The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews, to be published on May 2, 2017, and food styling and recipe development for Terra's Kitchen, a meal-kit service. Over the past three years, she has written two books: Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling and Smoking and 28 Days of Clean Eating: The Healthy Way to Kick Dieting Forever and served as editor of Trick Out Your Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Trick Out Your Dish: 110 New Twists on Your Favorite Foods, and The Egg Cookbook: The Creative Farm-to-Table Guide to Cooking Fresh Eggs. She was also copy editor for Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks, The South's Best Butts: Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection, The Southern Cookie Book, Southern Living United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from all Corners of the Lone Star State, Simply Sweet Dream Puffs: Shockingly Easy Fun-Filled Treats, Christmas with Southern Living 2014: Our Best Guide to Holiday and Decorating, and Simply Sweet Color Cakes: Wow-Worthy Desserts Anyone Can Make; developed and tested over 150 recipes for Betty Crocker and Pillsbury publications; and served as a food stylist of six cookbooks.

Ashley is based in Charleston, South Carolina. Besides editing, developing recipes, and creating content for her blog, she loves being a new mom to son Anderson and traveling with her husband.
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Travel Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • IACP Best Food Styling in an Editorial/Personal Photograph 2017
  • Grand Diplome, The French Culinary Institute

Work experience


Mar, 2014 — Present

Editor of "Trick Out Your Dish: 110 New Twists on Your Favorite Foods" and "Trick Out Your Mac 'n' Cheese: 43 Recipes for Your Favorite Comfort Food"

Callisto Media

Jan, 2014 — Present

Ghostwriter of "28 Days of Clean Eating: The Healthy Way to Kick Dieting Forever"
Editor of "The Egg Cookbook: The Creative Farm-to-Table Guide to Cooking Fresh Eggs"


Jun, 2013 — Present

Menu Recipe Developer for the Clean Eating plans and frequent contributor to the eMeals blog.

Oxmoor House Books

Jan, 2013 — Present

Author and Contributing Recipe Developer of "Southern Living Ultimate Book of BBQ: The Complete Year-Round Guide to Grilling and Smoking"

Copy Editor of "Southern Living United Tastes of Texas: A Culinary Tour of the Lone Star State", "Simply Sweet Dream Puffs: Shockingly Easy Fun-Filled Treats!", and "Simply Sweet ColorCakes: Wow-Worthy Desserts Anyone Can Make"

Recipe Editor of "Christmas with Southern Living 2014"

Recipe Developer of "Betty Crocker Halloween Pops & Cupcakes 2013", "Pillsbury Best Ever Halloween Magazine Volume 23 Number 3 2013", and "Pillsbury Easy Halloween"

Recipe Tester of "Betty Crocker Halloween 2014", "Betty Crocker Thanksgiving 2014", Betty Crocker Ultimate Christmas 2014", "Pillsbury Ultimate Christmas 2014", and "Betty Crocker Pot Pies and Casseroles 2014"

Food Stylist of "Southern Living Christmas All Through the South", "Gooseberry Patch Everyday Slow Cooker", "Gooseberry Patch Everyday One Dish", "Gooseberry Patch 30 Minute Meals", "Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Comfort Food", and "Gooseberry Patch Gifts from the Kitchen"


Jan, 2013 — Present


You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime ... read more
Get stunning rainbow looks for your favorite desserts--amazing tie-dye, ombre, layered, and hidden "surprise inside" color effects for cakes, cupcakes, and more, made easy. With Simply Sweet ColorCakes, you can tie-dye, layer, and sprinkle your way to baking b... read more
Christmas with Southern Living is ALL NEW for 2014. Included are special holiday menus and over 100 recipes especially designed for holiday cooking, baking, entertaining, and gift-giving. Dozens of photos, kitchen tips, and entertaining ideas add extra value t... read more
Learn to make cream puffs, eclairs, profiteroles, and more starting with just five simple ingredients!This adorable cookbook shows how easy it is to create delicious desserts at home. Step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to create the perfect pate a choux... read more
There are many things that are big in Texas: Wide open spaces, personalities, hair, but above all, there's flavor! United Tastes of Texas is your geographical guide to Texas cuisine based on five distinct culinary regions: Central, Coastal, East, South, and We... read more
The Southern Cookie Book

The Editors of Southern Living

The world loves cookies. The English have their biscuits, Germans their keks, and Italians love to dunk biscotti or amaretti into whatever they might be sipping. While the affinity for cookies is universal, distinctions abound. The cookies of the South are no ... read more
In The South's Best Butts, food writer and Southern gentleman, Matt Moore, waves away clouds of smoke to give barbecue-lovers a sneak peek into the kitchens and smokehouses of a handful of the Barbecue Belt's most revered pitmasters. He uncovers their tried-an... read more
Cheers! Bottoms Up! It's time for a beach cocktail! Whether you are on the shores of a sandy beach or at home with a gathering of friends, serve up thirst-quenching flavored cocktails of the coast like Hawaiian Mai Tais, Cuban Daiquiri's, Key West Rum Runners ... read more
Every year holiday enthusiasts, home decorators, crafters, cooks, and scrapbookers alike eagerly await the newest edition of Gooseberry Patch's popular annual Christmas series. Reflecting the latest trends in decorating and entertaining-while keeping a close e... read more
The pages of this timeless cookbook from Southern Living come to life like you're sitting around the family dining table, with hundreds of cherished recipes that bring back memories of the best of times with family and friends.The food staff of Southern Living... read more
When the air turns crisp and school is back insession, everyone starts to plan for one of theirfavorite Fall holidays: Halloween. Our friends atGooseberry Patch provide hours of frighteningfun in this brand new collection of ghoulish tricks& treats, spooky cra... read more
Every year, Gooseberry Patch's annual Christmas book delivers new and creative ways to celebrate a homespun holiday. This edition is no exception reflecting the latest trends in decorating--while keeping a close eye to tradition--the pages brim with 100 all-ne... read more
Celebrate the holidays with Gooseberry Patch's biggest collection of holiday recipes throughout the entire year. Loyal fans of Gooseberry Patch and new readers alike will delight in this must-have cookbook with delicious home-cooked holiday meals to celebrate ... read more
Take a trip down memory lane courtesy of Gooseberry Patch, the leaders in farmhouse fresh recipes, crafts, and country entertaining. Big Book of Home Cooking is Gooseberry Patch's biggest-ever recipe collection with 450 delicious recipes and over 200 photos th... read more
In the South, barbecue is king. Barbecue grills are ubiquitous fixtures in backyards across the region, and every Southerner looks forward to the "firing-up" season. This book is a follow up to the best-selling Big Book of BBQ and is filled with expert techniq... read more
In a new value-priced, softcover package, 256 pages are packed with 260 hearty homestyle recipes (one for every weeknight!) and over 200 full-color photos. This series still captures the essence of what readers love about Gooseberry Patch-easy-to-prepare, down... read more
Christmas with Southern Living is ALL NEW for 2013. Included are special holiday menus and over 100 recipes especially designed for holiday cooking, baking, entertaining, and gift-giving. Dozens of photos, kitchen tips, and entertaining ideas add extra value t... read more
From the experts at Southern Living comes the definitive book on Christmas cooking, decorating, and gift giving. For over 30 years, Christmas with Southern Living has delighted readers with stunning seasonal decorations, delicious holiday recipes, and charming... read more
This book illuminates fundamental culinary techniques in this unrivaled guide to classic Southern cooking.
These fast and fun twists on favorite foods make cooking easy! Mealtime's a breeze when you can produce nifty variations on 20 beloved dishes—like hot dogs made five ways, including Greek, Asian Banh Mi, Bourbon Street, Taco, and Reuben. Or trick out pancakes,... read more
#1 AMAZON BESTSELLER The real chicken-and-egg problem: What to do with eggs once they're in your kitchen?If you are looking for a fresh, nutritious, and creative approach to the almighty egg, The Egg Cookbook is for you. With The Egg Cookbook you'll get more t... read more
Clean Eating Is Easy. Now Clean Meal Planning Is, Too. The beauty of eating clean is that it just makes sense--fresh, whole foods are by nature delicious and nutritious. If only deciding what to cook for breakfast, lunch, and dinner were as simple. Now it is, ... read more

Ashley has 2 reviews





Nicole M.

Nicole M.

Dec, 2019

Ashley was so helpful in fitting me in for a quick turn around. She was extremely professional, and provided top notch expertise in the editing my cookbook. She has cookbook editing knowledge that is harder to find, and I was very thankful we were able to work together.
Susie N.

Susie N.

Apr, 2019

Ashley came through on a complex book, A BAKER'S PASSPORT. Her work is thorough and she applies her skills to make the book as good as it can possibly be. I look forward to working with Ashley again!
Ashley S.
Susie was wonderful to work with. She was an excellent communicator, helping me to execute the vision for her book. I hope to work with her again!

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