Muna Reyal

Muna Reyal - Editor

London, UK

I'm an experienced non-fiction editor, specialising in food, health and wellbeing, who loves to help develop unique voices and books.

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Overview

I work with authors, publishers and agents on book manuscripts at all stages from researching and developing ideas, development or structural editing and manuscript reviewing, copyediting and proofreading.

As a publisher, I have commissioned and edited bestselling authors including One Pound Meals by Miguel Barclay, John Torode, Rick Stein, Mary Berry, Simon Hopkinson and The Great British Bake Off as well as debut books by Anne Shooter and Tess Lister of Shipton Mill, both nominated for the Best First Book Award by The Guild of Food Writers.

Author testimonials:
Rick Stein: Muna Reyal, my editorial director, who is delightfully polite but as determined a person as you are ever likely to meet. Not for nothing was this book finished on time and with so many sensible suggestions en route.
John Torode: Every team needs a captain and my captain is Muna Reyal. I bow to you.
Anne Shooter:The whole experience has been magnificent, thanks to your vision and execution.

I am also a Guest Lecturer at University of London's MA Publishing programme.
Feedback from the Programme Director: ‘it really was a very engaging and inspiring discussion for the students and many have already commented on how much they enjoyed the session.’
Student feedback: ‘Absolutely without doubt my favourite lecture this year. Thank you for a brilliant session.’
Languages
English (AUS)
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits
Health & wellbeing
Self-help & Self-improvement

Certifications

  • MA Anthropology of Food - SOAS, University of London

Work experience

Publisher, Cookery and Lifestyle

Headline Publishing Group, Hachette
October, 2013 – August, 2018 (almost 5 years)

Establishing a new food and lifestyle list of both illustrated and narrative books; developing publishing relationships with literary agents and publishing partners; bringing together authors, photographers and designers to create high-quality books to be proud of. Authors included One Pound Meal's Miguel Barclay, Mary Berry, John Torode, Tess Lister of Shipton Mill, Hotel Chocolate, Naomi Devlin, Vanessa King with Action for Happiness.

Editorial Director

BBC Books, Ebury, Penguin Random House
July, 2008 – September, 2013 (about 5 years)

Commissioning and managing a list of high-profile TV tie-in cookery and natural history books, including The Great British Bake Off, Rick Stein, Mary Berry, Simon Hopkinson, Good Food magazine publishing, Frozen Planet, Countryfile and Coast TV tie-in books.

Senior Editor – Editorial Director

Kyle Cathie (now Kyle Books)
September, 2002 – June, 2008 (over 5 years)

Identifying new trends and commissioning illustrated, non-fiction books.
Editing and project managing books on cookery, health, diet, gardening and campervans.
Authors included Ching-He Huang, Maria Elia, Darina Allen, Monisha Bharadwaj and Alys Fowler.
Working with co-edition publishers and producing branded books with Green & Black’s, Duchy Originals and Smirnoff/Diageo.

Portfolio (13 selected works)

The Great British Bake Off: Everyday

Linda Collister

This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, a traybake for a kid’s birthday, or a pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are foolproof recipes for cakes, traybakes, bread, biscuits, tarts, pies, puddings, and desserts. If you are a confident baker or ready to move onto the next stage, each chapter also showcase... read more

This book is for the baker who wants to whip up a cake for an office party, a traybake for a kid’s birthday, or a pudding to follow a simple supper. Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques, there are foolproof recipes for cakes, traybakes, bread, biscuits, tarts, pies, puddings, and desserts. If you are a confident baker or ready to move onto the next stage, each chapter also showcase... read more

10 Keys to Happier Living

Vanessa King

'Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions' The Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness. Vanessa King, positive psychology expert for Action for Happiness has created 10 key evidence-based actions that have been shown to increase happiness and wellbeing - at home, at work and in the world around you. If you have read The Art of Happiness, The Happiness Project or... read more

'Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions' The Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness. Vanessa King, positive psychology expert for Action for Happiness has created 10 key evidence-based actions that have been shown to increase happiness and wellbeing - at home, at work and in the world around you. If you have read The Art of Happiness, The Happiness Project or... read more

Rick Stein's India: In Search of the Perfect Curry: Recipes from My Indian Odyssey

Rick Stein

In search of the perfect curry—the very best recipes that India has to offerWhenever I hear the word curry, I'm filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chillis, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven, and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic. Whe... read more

In search of the perfect curry—the very best recipes that India has to offerWhenever I hear the word curry, I'm filled with a longing for spicy hot food with the fragrance of cumin, cloves and cinnamon. I see deep red colours from lots of Kashmiri chillis, tinged with a suggestion of yellow from turmeric. I think of the tandoor oven, and slightly scorched naan shining with ghee and garlic. Whe... read more

Sesame & Spice: Baking from the East End to the Middle East

Anne Shooter

Sesame & Spice is an absolute treat; full of warmth and generosity, and so many recipes I want to cook, that I've been headily immoderate with my post-it notes! - Nigella Lawsonthis is one of the most EXCITING cookbooks I've seen in a long time - Sabrina GhayourCinnamon, honey, dates, almonds, apples and pomegranate - these are all flavours that we have grown to love and, here in this stunning... read more

Sesame & Spice is an absolute treat; full of warmth and generosity, and so many recipes I want to cook, that I've been headily immoderate with my post-it notes! - Nigella Lawsonthis is one of the most EXCITING cookbooks I've seen in a long time - Sabrina GhayourCinnamon, honey, dates, almonds, apples and pomegranate - these are all flavours that we have grown to love and, here in this stunning... read more

Mary Berry's Baking Bible: Over 250 Classic Recipes

Mary Berry

Filled with 250 foolproof recipes of every variety, this comprehensive cookbook is packed with delicious baking ideas. Tempting muffins, scones, and breads are included along with Marry Berry’s famous cake recipes, including Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake, and Hazelnut Meringue Cake. Full-color photographs and illustrations that detail trickier steps are accompanied by easy-to-follo... read more

Filled with 250 foolproof recipes of every variety, this comprehensive cookbook is packed with delicious baking ideas. Tempting muffins, scones, and breads are included along with Marry Berry’s famous cake recipes, including Victoria Sponge, Very Best Chocolate Cake, and Hazelnut Meringue Cake. Full-color photographs and illustrations that detail trickier steps are accompanied by easy-to-follo... read more

John Torode's Sydney to Seoul: Recipes from my travels in Australia and the Far East

John Torode

John Torode is the masterchef of Australia and the Far East - his knowledge and passion will excite and inspire anyone who loves a Thai curry, Malaysian noodle dish or Aussie brunch. If you are a fan of John's food and travel programmes for the Good Food Channel, you will love John's combination of fantastic flavours and straightforward home cooking in this book. John's food is uncomplicated, ... read more

John Torode is the masterchef of Australia and the Far East - his knowledge and passion will excite and inspire anyone who loves a Thai curry, Malaysian noodle dish or Aussie brunch. If you are a fan of John's food and travel programmes for the Good Food Channel, you will love John's combination of fantastic flavours and straightforward home cooking in this book. John's food is uncomplicated, ... read more

Food for a Happy Gut: Recipes to Calm, Nourish & Heal

Naomi Devlin

'I love working with Naomi. She is a force of nature and her brilliant books have the power to change lives.' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Bestselling author of River Cottage Gluten Free, Naomi Devlin's second book, Food for a Happy Gut, is full of recipes that will calm your digestion, soothe your gut and delight your tastebuds. Giulia Enders' Gut, Michael Mosley's The Clever Guts Diet and the... read more

'I love working with Naomi. She is a force of nature and her brilliant books have the power to change lives.' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Bestselling author of River Cottage Gluten Free, Naomi Devlin's second book, Food for a Happy Gut, is full of recipes that will calm your digestion, soothe your gut and delight your tastebuds. Giulia Enders' Gut, Michael Mosley's The Clever Guts Diet and the... read more

The Hollywood Body Plan: 21 Minutes for 21 Days to Transform Your Body For Life

David Higgins

"David Higgins is a legend. He put me in my best physical shape and he educated me on stretching, strengthening and nutrition!" --Margot Robbie "When I met David, I was broken, physically. He patiently and caringly put me together again. His combinations of strength, Pilates, stretching and active release ... are nothing short of spectacular." --Samuel L. Jackson "Working with DH is always fan... read more

"David Higgins is a legend. He put me in my best physical shape and he educated me on stretching, strengthening and nutrition!" --Margot Robbie "When I met David, I was broken, physically. He patiently and caringly put me together again. His combinations of strength, Pilates, stretching and active release ... are nothing short of spectacular." --Samuel L. Jackson "Working with DH is always fan... read more

The Lean Machines: Eat Well, Move Better and Feel Awesome

John Chapman, Leon Bustin

The Lean Machines are genuine experts in health and happiness and have helped thousands of people get lean and strong through their work as personal trainers and on their hugely popular YouTube channel. Champions of balance, moderation and individuality, their advice is sensible, accessible, and not at all intimidating - eat well, move better and feel awesome! "Our aim is to help as many peopl... read more

The Lean Machines are genuine experts in health and happiness and have helped thousands of people get lean and strong through their work as personal trainers and on their hugely popular YouTube channel. Champions of balance, moderation and individuality, their advice is sensible, accessible, and not at all intimidating - eat well, move better and feel awesome! "Our aim is to help as many peopl... read more

10 Keys to Happier Living

Vanessa King

'Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions' The Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness. Vanessa King, positive psychology expert for Action for Happiness has created 10 key evidence-based actions that have been shown to increase happiness and wellbeing - at home, at work and in the world around you. If you have read The Art of Happiness, The Happiness Project or... read more

'Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions' The Dalai Lama, patron of Action for Happiness. Vanessa King, positive psychology expert for Action for Happiness has created 10 key evidence-based actions that have been shown to increase happiness and wellbeing - at home, at work and in the world around you. If you have read The Art of Happiness, The Happiness Project or... read more

The Less-Stress Lifestyle: Regain Control & Rediscover Happiness

Carl Vernon

Stress and anxiety are closely linked and in THE LESS-STRESS LIFESTYLE, Carl Vernon, author of the best-selling ANXIETY REBALANCE, has learned how to manage his own stress as he learned to manage his crippling anxiety. Much as Steve Peters created a mind management model in his CHIMP PARADOX and Dave Alred explained THE PRESSURE PRINCIPLE, Carl Vernon describes how he has developed his own too... read more

Stress and anxiety are closely linked and in THE LESS-STRESS LIFESTYLE, Carl Vernon, author of the best-selling ANXIETY REBALANCE, has learned how to manage his own stress as he learned to manage his crippling anxiety. Much as Steve Peters created a mind management model in his CHIMP PARADOX and Dave Alred explained THE PRESSURE PRINCIPLE, Carl Vernon describes how he has developed his own too... read more

Va Va Voom: The 10-Day Energy Diet that will stop you feeling Tired All The Time

Jackie Lynch

Are you TATT (Tired All The Time)? If this sounds familiar, it's time to take action with Jackie Lynch's 10-day energy-boosting diet. Whether you're 29 or 69, it's more than likely that your diet and lifestyle are the main reasons for feeling so tired and that simple changes to what you eat will help your energy levels to flourish again. This book will give you an easy-to-follow food plan to h... read more

Are you TATT (Tired All The Time)? If this sounds familiar, it's time to take action with Jackie Lynch's 10-day energy-boosting diet. Whether you're 29 or 69, it's more than likely that your diet and lifestyle are the main reasons for feeling so tired and that simple changes to what you eat will help your energy levels to flourish again. This book will give you an easy-to-follow food plan to h... read more

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Jill Wener
Muna was great from start to finish- she was punctual, communicated clearly, and her edits were very insightful and helpful. She also helped me to get the most value from her editing by helping to guide me based on where I was in the writing process. I hope to work with her again for the next round of edits!

Jill Wener, April 2020

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