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Peggy Paul

Peggy Paul - Editor

Philadelphia, PA

Editor, writer, and publishing consultant specializing in cookbooks and other illustrated lifestyle/craft book categories.

Overview

I am a freelance editor, writer, and publishing consultant with more than ten years of professional publishing experience and a specialty in cookbooks and other illustrated lifestyle categories.


After seven and a half years in the NYC publishing scene—the last three of which were spent at Clarkson Potter, Random House's cookbook and illustrated lifestyle imprint—I decided to leave my corporate gig in 2011 to pursue a freelance career. Now, I live in Philadelphia and spend my days working directly with authors, publishers, and various organizations as a development editor, copyeditor, proofreader, ghost writer, project manager, and consultant. I have worked with a wide range of clients, from Food Network stars, nutritionists, and culinary legends, to textile designers, crafters, and master gardeners. Each project I take on is a chance to learn something new, and to help an author, publisher, or organization put their best work forward.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Health & wellbeing Home & Garden Self-help & Self-improvement Weddings

Work experience

Freelance Editor, Writer, Publishing Consultant

Self Employed

March, 2011 – Present (almost 6 years)

Provide contract-based development editing, proofreading, copyediting, writing, and consulting services to authors and major publishers such as Random House, Running Press, Rizzoli, Callisto Media, and DK.

Write and edit book proposals for prospective authors, edit and test recipes, and ghost write cookbook manuscripts.

Specialize in cookbooks and food writing; other projects include marketing materials, educational books, and other illustrated lifestyle titles.

Write and edit copy for various organizations, including Fair Food, Rolling Barrel Events, and SVF Foundation.

Editorial Assistant

Clarkson Potter/Random House

February, 2008 – March, 2011 (about 3 years)

Line-edited, developed, formatted, and transmitted new cookbook/lifestyle manuscripts for publication.

Wrote flap, galley, and factsheet copy.

Monitored trends, rising stars, and new developments in food, gardening, home design, and other lifestyle categories; reached out to potential authors and helped them develop their ideas into formal proposals.

Reviewed and logged agented proposals, researched comparative titles, and helped create p&ls to present to the Editorial Director and Publisher for possible acquisitions.

Coordinated with authors and agents to ensure a smooth publishing process.

Tracked art, keyed manuscripts, and worked closely with designers as they implemented each title’s design.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Slow Cooking for Two: A Slow Cooker Cookbook with 101 Slow Cooker Recipes Designed for Two People

Mendocino Press

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Cookbooks, Food & WineIf you're short on time, few in numbers, and craving the comfort of a home-cooked meal, Slow Cooking for Two is here to save the day. No matter if it's a rushed morning or a hectic weeknight,Slow Cooking for Two will help you create simple and delicious meals for just two people that are satisfying without requiring hours of preparation. Slow Cooki... read more

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Cookbooks, Food & WineIf you're short on time, few in numbers, and craving the comfort of a home-cooked meal, Slow Cooking for Two is here to save the day. No matter if it's a rushed morning or a hectic weeknight,Slow Cooking for Two will help you create simple and delicious meals for just two people that are satisfying without requiring hours of preparation. Slow Cooki... read more

Jacques Pépin New Complete Techniques

Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pépin is universally hailed by professional chefs and home cooks as the grand master of cooking skills and methods. Now, his classic seminal work, Jacques Pépin’s Complete Techniques, is completely revised and updated with more than 1,000 color photographs and 30% new techniques. Based on Pépin’s 1978 and 1979 archetypal works La Méthode and La Technique,Jacques Pépin'sComplete Techniq... read more

Jacques Pépin is universally hailed by professional chefs and home cooks as the grand master of cooking skills and methods. Now, his classic seminal work, Jacques Pépin’s Complete Techniques, is completely revised and updated with more than 1,000 color photographs and 30% new techniques. Based on Pépin’s 1978 and 1979 archetypal works La Méthode and La Technique,Jacques Pépin'sComplete Techniq... read more

Bake Happy: 100 Delightful Dessert Recipes to Rock Your World

Judith Fertig

Colorful, flavorful home-baked treats just say “happy,” and Bake Happy is all about adding a bit of joy back into your kitchen. A sweet baking book that will bring a smile to the dessert table, Bake Happy includes 100 recipes for cheerful cupcakes and cookies, bars and brownies, tarts and turnovers, and delicious cakes that are speckled, marbled, and striped.This cookbook can be used year-roun... read more

Colorful, flavorful home-baked treats just say “happy,” and Bake Happy is all about adding a bit of joy back into your kitchen. A sweet baking book that will bring a smile to the dessert table, Bake Happy includes 100 recipes for cheerful cupcakes and cookies, bars and brownies, tarts and turnovers, and delicious cakes that are speckled, marbled, and striped.This cookbook can be used year-roun... read more

The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking

Sara Kate Gillingham, Faith Durand

From Apartment Therapy's cooking site, The Kitchn, comes 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons, as well as a guide to organizing your kitchen--plus storage tips, tool reviews, inspiration from real kitchens, maintenance suggestions, 200 photographs, and much more. “There is no question that the kitchen is the most important room of the home,” say Sara Kate Gillingham and F... read more

From Apartment Therapy's cooking site, The Kitchn, comes 150 recipes and a cooking school with 50 essential lessons, as well as a guide to organizing your kitchen--plus storage tips, tool reviews, inspiration from real kitchens, maintenance suggestions, 200 photographs, and much more. “There is no question that the kitchen is the most important room of the home,” say Sara Kate Gillingham and F... read more

Vietnamese Market Cookbook: Spicy Sour Sweet

Van Tran, Anh Vu

Bring the Flavor of Vietnam to Your KitchenSalty, sweet, bitter, sour, and spicy: these are the flavorful tenets of Vietnamese cuisine. This exhilarating culinary culture is rich but light, deeply flavorful but made with simple ingredients, and filling while also easy to prepare. That’s the message that authors Van Tran and Anh Vu wanted to bring to a hungry crowd when they opened their banh m... read more

Bring the Flavor of Vietnam to Your KitchenSalty, sweet, bitter, sour, and spicy: these are the flavorful tenets of Vietnamese cuisine. This exhilarating culinary culture is rich but light, deeply flavorful but made with simple ingredients, and filling while also easy to prepare. That’s the message that authors Van Tran and Anh Vu wanted to bring to a hungry crowd when they opened their banh m... read more

Schiller's Liquor Bar Cocktail Collection: Classic Cocktails, Artisanal Updates, Seasonal Drinks, Bartender's Guide

Keith McNally

PULLED FROM THE BARTENDER'S RECIPE BOX AT SCHILLER’S LIQUOR BAR, this collection delivers the classic cocktails and original drinks that are a signature of Keith McNally's neighborhood bar and New York City hotspot. Encased in a collectable gift box, this set includes four books: Classic Cocktails: Reflecting the simplicity of the original Schiller’s cocktail menu, this volume contains perfect... read more

PULLED FROM THE BARTENDER'S RECIPE BOX AT SCHILLER’S LIQUOR BAR, this collection delivers the classic cocktails and original drinks that are a signature of Keith McNally's neighborhood bar and New York City hotspot. Encased in a collectable gift box, this set includes four books: Classic Cocktails: Reflecting the simplicity of the original Schiller’s cocktail menu, this volume contains perfect... read more

Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home

Tammy Donroe Inman

Who says the winter months have to be bleak and barren? Author Tammy Donroe sees this season as an opportunity to stay inside, fire up the oven, and produce decadent desserts from the bounty of wholesome winter ingredients. Wintersweet encourages readers to make use of fresh, local ingredients for warming seasonal desserts. While summer farmers’ markets are always overflowing with ripe produce... read more

Who says the winter months have to be bleak and barren? Author Tammy Donroe sees this season as an opportunity to stay inside, fire up the oven, and produce decadent desserts from the bounty of wholesome winter ingredients. Wintersweet encourages readers to make use of fresh, local ingredients for warming seasonal desserts. While summer farmers’ markets are always overflowing with ripe produce... read more

Wieners Gone Wild!: Out-of-the-Ballpark Recipes for Extraordinary Hot Dogs

Holly Schmidt, Allan Penn

You’ve Never Tasted Hot Dogs Like These!What’s more American than apple pie? Hot dogs! Accompanying every barbeque, ball game, or picnic, a hot dog is more than just meat in a bun—it is an American pastime. In Wieners Gone Wild!, you’ll find dozens of mouth-watering, irresistible recipes starring the classic dog in a tasty and surprising 21st century makeover. Join hot dog aficionados Holly Sc... read more

You’ve Never Tasted Hot Dogs Like These!What’s more American than apple pie? Hot dogs! Accompanying every barbeque, ball game, or picnic, a hot dog is more than just meat in a bun—it is an American pastime. In Wieners Gone Wild!, you’ll find dozens of mouth-watering, irresistible recipes starring the classic dog in a tasty and surprising 21st century makeover. Join hot dog aficionados Holly Sc... read more

An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors

Michael Devine

In this indispensable entertaining guide, Michael Devine, a well-known tastemaker, shows how the garden can be a perfect and easily transformable setting to stage enchanted events in every season. Michael Devine shares the joys of outdoor dining in his exquisite garden, presenting several get-togethers throughout the year-from breakfast and lunch to cocktails and dinner. Included are easy-to-p... read more

In this indispensable entertaining guide, Michael Devine, a well-known tastemaker, shows how the garden can be a perfect and easily transformable setting to stage enchanted events in every season. Michael Devine shares the joys of outdoor dining in his exquisite garden, presenting several get-togethers throughout the year-from breakfast and lunch to cocktails and dinner. Included are easy-to-p... read more

The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries

Sam Talbot

Sam Talbot is a professional chef, restaurateur, surfer, painter, philanthropist, and, since the age of 12,type 1 diabetic. Yet he has not let the disease stop him from living a rich life packed with energy, adventure, and achievement—culinary and otherwise. In his first, much-anticipated book, he recounts how diabetes has affected but not compromised his life or career, and he shares his own ... read more

Sam Talbot is a professional chef, restaurateur, surfer, painter, philanthropist, and, since the age of 12,type 1 diabetic. Yet he has not let the disease stop him from living a rich life packed with energy, adventure, and achievement—culinary and otherwise. In his first, much-anticipated book, he recounts how diabetes has affected but not compromised his life or career, and he shares his own ... read more

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