Deri Reed

Deri Reed – Editor

Cookbook editor working with publishers and indie authors. Recent projects include Solomonov's Zahav and Samuelsson's Red Rooster Cookbook.


I’m a seasoned NYC-based editor and copyeditor with 20+ years’ experience editing and copyediting cookbooks for both major publishers and independent authors. I offer development editing, line editing, recipe editing, and copyediting to independent authors of cookbooks and memoirs. I work closely with self-publishing authors to help shape, organize, edit, copyedit, or polish their cookbooks without ever treading on the author's authentic voice.

PUBLISHERS: Recent projects for major publishers include chef, nutrition, and celebrity cookbooks for Rizzoli, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hachette Book Group, America's Test Kitchen, Rodale Books, Little, Brown, and others. I have edited or copyedited books by Jean Anderson, Mario Batali, Martha Rose Shulman, Michael Solomonov, John Besh, Charlie Palmer, Chris Santos, Dale Talde, Seamus Mullen, Max Brenner, Michael Psilakis, Dr. Arthur Agatston, and many other award-winning cookbook authors.

INDIE AUTHORS: My recent independent projects include editing a vegetarian cookbook/memoir by a yoga teacher in Greece, helping a cooking teacher in Hong Kong produce her bilingual cookbook for newlyweds, copyediting Nancy Baggett's The Art of Cooking with Lavender, and the first book by a Korean cooking teacher in NYC.

I truly enjoy working with independent authors, helping to bring their vision and passion for food to the printed page.
Biographies & Memoirs Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Health & Wellbeing
English (CAN) English (UK) English (US)

Work experience


Jan, 1994 — Present

As a freelance cookbook editor for more than 25 years, I have edited or copyedited books for major publishers including Little Brown, America's Test Kitchen, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hachette Book Group, Rodale Books, Simon & Schuster, and more.

Projects I worked on in 2016 include copyediting "Zahav" by Michael Solomonov; "The Del Posto Cookbook" by Mark Lardner; "Red Rooster Cookbook" by Marcus Samuelsson; "The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking" by Martha Rose Shulman; and "Desserts LaBelle" by Patti LaBelle.

Projects for independent authors include "F-Words Mom Let Us Say: Food, Family & Friends" by Sharon Peddie (and daughters); "Tarte Tatin Tales" by Marsha Palanci; "Cast-Iron Cooking for Two" by Joanna Pruess; "The Hidden Table," by Shannon Smith; "The Art of Cooking with Lavender" by Nancy Baggett; "Vegetarian Dishes from My Korean Home" by Kim Shin.


The definitive cookbook on refined Italian Cuisine by the celebrated chef at Mario Batali's and Lidia Bastianich's award-winning destination restaurant in New York City.Mark Ladner, the Chef at Del Posto, redefines what excellent Italian Cooking in America can... read more
By a James Beard Outstanding Chef (2017) James Beard Book of the Year and Best International Cookbook (2016)The James Beard Award–winning chef and co-owner of Philadelphia's Zahav restaurant reinterprets the glorious cuisine of Israel for American home kitchen... read more
The popular judge of Chopped and chef/founder of Beauty & Essex, Stanton Social, and Vandal opens up his kitchen with unforgettable food to share with your friends and family.Why serve boring food . . . ever?! In Share, Chris Santos serves up the unique commun... read more
More than 150 recipes for crisps, cobblers, custards, and creams by one of America’s most respected food writers It seems as if everything old is now new again with classic, home-style desserts like doughnuts and whoopie pies ever growing in popularity. And ye... read more
Celebrity chef Seamus Mullen offers 130 healthy and tasty recipes that utilize 18 key ingredients, or “hero foods,†to improve your well-being."After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Manhattan restaurateur Mullen modified his diet to improve his w... read more
Meals on a Loveseat is written for couples who want to show their love and passion for each other through food. It features easy recipes that are designed to help young couples get into the habit of cooking at home. The recipes cover a wide range of cuisines; ... read more
The first book to explore in depth the wonders of Sicilian cooking. For millennia, Sicily has been a global crossroads, its cuisine marked by the different conquering groups drawn to its natural riches, from the Greeks and Arabs to the Normans and Spanish. The... read more
The Art of Cooking with Lavender is a beautiful full-color cookbook featuring 70 + inspiring lavender and recipe photos and 80 well-tested recipes. The book features all kinds of savory and sweet recipes that call for fresh or dried culinary lavender. Try main... read more
For all seasons and all occasions, a comprehensive entertaining book that provides the best ideas from such acclaimed establishments in North America as Blackberry Farm and Meadowood. The Art of Entertaining presents seventeen seasonal parties, both intimate a... read more
Southern comfort food and multicultural recipes from the New York Times best-selling superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson’s iconic Harlem restaurant. When the James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, he ... read more

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