Molly Ahuja

Molly Ahuja - Editor

London, United Kingdom

A qualified, creative, and proactive book editor and writer with a passion for culinary and lifestyle trends. US expatriate based in London.

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Overview

A qualified, creative, and proactive book editor and writer with a passion for culinary and lifestyle trends. US expatriate based in London.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
DIY & Crafts
Health & wellbeing
Home & Garden
Travel

Certifications

  • BA in Journalism, Peace Studies, Political Science

Work experience

Commissioning Editorial Associate, Culinary and Lifestyle

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
March, 2014 – May, 2017 (about 3 years)

➢ Acquired up to five cookbooks each year for publication, including both branded titles and books with single
authors
➢ Developed and shared innovative ideas to enhance projects and make them “stand out” in a crowded
marketplace. For example, identifying an untapped interest among the Betty Crocker book-buying market for economic and environmentally friendly initiatives and creating a cookbook that teaches how to shop and cook to cut down on waste and consumption and adding a fitness component to Diabetic Living cookbooks, to target their consumers who are interested in overall health beyond diet.
➢ Researched/kept abreast of market trends to enhance own projects and also to create vision/direction for other editors’ projects.
➢ Managed contract negotiations for my own titles and assisted in negotiations with titles for the culinary team.

Editorial Assistant, Culinary and Lifestyle

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
March, 2013 – March, 2014 (about 1 year)

➢ Assisted in developing publishing programmes with our brand partners, Betty Crocker, Better Homes & Gardens, Diabetic Living, WeightWatchers, EatingWell, and Weber.
➢ Assisted in reviewing submissions from agents and helped editors with every part of the acquisition process.
➢ Prepared manuscripts and art programmes for publication, working closely with production and managing editorial teams in-house and packagers.
➢ Assisted during photo shoots and participated in marketing and planning meetings for culinary titles.

Editor, The Daily Meal

Spanfeller Media Group
August, 2010 – September, 2012 (about 2 years)

Eat/Dine Editor:
➢ Wrote, edited and published all content pertaining to dining and restaurant coverage at the Daily Meal
➢ Eat became the website’s top-producing channel.
➢ Led production of everything from large-scale national-interest stories to “in-the-know” special interest reports.
➢ Wrote, managed, and researched The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America.
Restaurant Editor:
➢ Wrote, edited and published all content pertaining to The Daily Meal’s national restaurant coverage.
➢ Developed and managed The Daily Meal’s City Guides, which cover the local dining scenes in 14 Cities Associate Editor:
➢ Researched and wrote articles for Eat/Dine, Cook, Drink and Travel channels Editorial Intern:
➢ Researched and wrote articles for Eat/Dine, Cook, Drink, and Travel channels.
➢ Managed the social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr).
➢ Scheduling and organisational responsibilities for the pre-launch of The Daily Meal

Portfolio (4 selected works)

Spiralize This!

Martha Rose Shulman

The latest craze in healthy cooking is encouraging home cooks to put a spin on it! With a serving of spiralized zucchini noodles packing less than a quarter of the calories and carbs found in a serving of spaghetti, now pasta-lovers can enjoy their favorite dishes with a smile. And in Spiralize This! Martha Rose Shulman proves just how versatile spiralizers can be: from egg dishes to salads, p... read more

The latest craze in healthy cooking is encouraging home cooks to put a spin on it! With a serving of spiralized zucchini noodles packing less than a quarter of the calories and carbs found in a serving of spaghetti, now pasta-lovers can enjoy their favorite dishes with a smile. And in Spiralize This! Martha Rose Shulman proves just how versatile spiralizers can be: from egg dishes to salads, p... read more

How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food

Mark Bittman

Homemade wonton soup in 30 minutes. Chicken Parmesan without dredging and frying. Fruit crisp on the stovetop. The secret to cooking fast is cooking smart—choosing and preparing fresh ingredients efficiently. In How to Cook Everything Fast, Mark Bittman provides a game plan for becoming a better, more intuitive cook while you wake up your weekly meal routine with 2,000 main dishes and accompan... read more

Homemade wonton soup in 30 minutes. Chicken Parmesan without dredging and frying. Fruit crisp on the stovetop. The secret to cooking fast is cooking smart—choosing and preparing fresh ingredients efficiently. In How to Cook Everything Fast, Mark Bittman provides a game plan for becoming a better, more intuitive cook while you wake up your weekly meal routine with 2,000 main dishes and accompan... read more

Betty Crocker The Smart Dinner: Clever and Versatile Ways to Use What You’ve Got on Hand (Betty Crocker Cooking)

Betty Crocker

125+ Recipes and Tips for Fresh, Easy and Waste-Free Dinners Families are always looking for fresh ideas for creating delicious, simple dinners. The Smart Dinnerprovides more than 125 recipes, with tips and techniques for creating dinners everyone will love and that make the most of on-hand ingredients. With genius tips for cooking with fresh, wholesome fixings, the book empowers home cooks to... read more

125+ Recipes and Tips for Fresh, Easy and Waste-Free Dinners Families are always looking for fresh ideas for creating delicious, simple dinners. The Smart Dinnerprovides more than 125 recipes, with tips and techniques for creating dinners everyone will love and that make the most of on-hand ingredients. With genius tips for cooking with fresh, wholesome fixings, the book empowers home cooks to... read more

EatingWell Vegetables: The Essential Reference

The Editors of EatingWell

The reference book that combines vegetable love with authoritative knowledge; everything a cook needs to know to buy, store, cook, and enjoy vegetables at their peakEatingWell magazine is well known as a beacon of knowledge and reliability, helping people create a healthy lifestyle in and out of the kitchen—as well as making that lifestyle enjoyable and attainable. EatingWell Vegetables guides... read more

The reference book that combines vegetable love with authoritative knowledge; everything a cook needs to know to buy, store, cook, and enjoy vegetables at their peakEatingWell magazine is well known as a beacon of knowledge and reliability, helping people create a healthy lifestyle in and out of the kitchen—as well as making that lifestyle enjoyable and attainable. EatingWell Vegetables guides... read more

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