Peggy Paul

Peggy Paul – Editor

Food and Lifestyle Writer | Cookbook Editor and Consultant | Content Strategist | Recipe Developer and Tester

Overview

I’m a food and lifestyle writer, recipe developer and tester, cookbook publishing consultant, editor, and content strategist with nearly 20 years of publishing and writing experience. My passion for de-snobbifying food, home cooking, and general lifestyle topics drives me to write research-based articles for a variety of publications; break down the pizza-making process on my recipe website, ; help talented cookbook authors navigate the publishing process, from proposals to recipe testing/development to finished manuscripts; and work with businesses to shape their unique brand identities and connect authentically with customers.

After eight years in the NYC publishing scene—the last three of which were spent at Clarkson Potter, Penguin Random House's cookbook and illustrated lifestyle imprint—I decided to leave my corporate gig in 2011 to pursue a freelance career in Philadelphia. Since then, I’ve worked with a wide range of clients, including Food Network stars, nutritionists, big-name chefs, online grocers, master gardeners, large and small book publishers, and local and national magazines. Each project I take on is a chance to learn something new and to put more high-quality content out in the world.


My first book, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Cookbook, was published in 2017, and my writing has appeared on , , , and Edible Philly, among other websites and publications.

Services
Non-Fiction
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits DIY & Crafts Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Self-Help & Self-Improvement Weddings
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self Employed

Mar, 2011 — Present

I provide contract-based consulting/project management, recipe editing/testing/development, general editorial, and content writing services to book authors, chefs, businesses, organizations, and major publishing companies.

My writing has appeared in Edible Philly Magazine, , and , and my first cookbook, THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES PIZZA COOKBOOK is one of the top-selling pizza cookbooks on Amazon with more than 1k five-star reviews.

Clarkson Potter/Random House

Feb, 2008 — Mar, 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

Host the ultimate pizza party with this creative cookbook of delicious recipes inspired by the heroes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Straight out of the sewers and right into the kitchen, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' favorite pizzas are finally your... read more
Enough of the dieting and deprivation! It’s time to embrace the joy of eating well with an intention that healthy foods are nourishing, sustaining and delicious. Whole Cooking and Nutrition shifts the conversation away from dieting to one of positive messages ... read more

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Denisse H.

Denisse H.

Dec, 2021

It was a pleasure to work with Peggy. She is wonderful!

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