Perrin Davis

Perrin Davis – Editor

Cookbooks are my specialty—books I have edited have won or been finalists for James Beard, IACP, and Gourmand awards.

Overview

I’m a Chicago-based freelance editor, writer, and book publishing consultant with a specialization in cookbooks and other nonfiction titles. I am devoted to helping publishers, companies, and individuals polish and enhance their prose.

I’ve been in publishing for more than 29 years, and the last 15 have been devoted to developing and honing my skills as a nonfiction book editor. During my time as senior vice president of Agate Publishing, a well-known independent publisher in Evanston, IL, I edited more than 80 published titles and learned the intricate art of working closely with authors. In 2016, a book I edited entitled Dinner at Home won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award for the Children, Youth, and Family category. In 2015, another book I edited entitled Charcuteria was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Book Award and a Gourmand award; three other books I have edited have been finalists for International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards. I decided to leave my role at Agate to partner directly with publishers, agents, and authors to create beautiful, reader-friendly books. I look forward to learning more about your project and how I can help make it a reality.
Services
Non-Fiction
Business & Management Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Economics Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden
Languages
English (US)

Work experience

Self-employed

May, 2016 — Present

Perrin is a Chicago-based freelance editor, writer, and book publishing consultant with a specialization in cookbooks and other nonfiction titles. She is devoted to helping publishers, companies, and individuals polish and enhance their prose. Perrin partners directly with publishers, agents, and authors to create beautiful, reader-friendly books.

Agate Publishing

May, 2006 — Apr, 2016 (almost 10 years)

• Served as lead developmental editor of Agate’s culinary and nonfiction titles

• Copy edited and proofread fiction titles

• Consulted with publisher on title acquisition and market-driven book development

• Advised staff on editorial matters and production workflows

Portfolio

LILLY PULITZER

NANCY MACDONELL

The story of the Lilly Pulitzer brand is bound with that of its inimitable founder and of Palm Beach, Florida, itself. Founded in the mid-1800s as the first resort town in the country, Palm Beach was where newlyweds Peter and Lilly Pulitzer settled in the earl... read more
2015 James Beard Award nominee2015 Gourmand World Cookbook Award nomineeCharcutería: The Soul of Spain is the first book to introduce authentic Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques to America. Included are more than 100 traditional Spanish recipes, st... read more
You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews’ novels a summertime ... read more
Poke cakes mean year-round fun and flavor. No stress―just rave reviews. From Roxanne Wyss and Kathy Moore, the authors of Delicious Dump Cakes, this new collections of eighty tested recipes is the ultimate guide to easy, delicious desserts. Delicious Poke Cake... read more
More than 100 recipes from Southern Appalachia's culinary renaissance The southern Appalachian Mountains are rich with produce, including wild ramps, corn, berries, and black walnuts. Drawing from these natural resources and fusing traditions of Native America... read more
100 bold, delicious, and easy Tex-Mex recipes Chili con carne, carnitas, borracho beans―Tex-Mex cooking is irresistibly delicious, but it takes time to build up those layers of flavor. It’s a job tailor-made for the slow cooker. In The Tex-Mex Slow Cooker, rec... read more
The fifth volume in The Luxury Collection series, Epicurean Experiences details exceptional gastronomic experiences offered at these remarkable hotels, from private classes on Venetian cuisine with executive chef Daniele Turco at the Gritti Palace’s Epicurean ... read more
Just when you thought you couldn’t handle one more quinoa salad or cold-pressed juice, here comes a cookbook devoted to the best meal ever—a char-crusted, luscious steak, followed by the kind of homemade cake that wears its butter, eggs, sugar, and love proudl... read more
As seen in Vogue - Presenting delectable vegetarian recipes from LA's renowned Wellness Retreat, The Ashram Cookbook: The Way We Eat features beautiful photographs of the colorful and healthful dishes alongside inspiring scenic views of the retreat property, c... read more
80 vibrant, colorful recipes to mix and matchYum + Ommm = Yommme! Christine Wong, creator of yommme.com, has made it her mission to help others discover how delicious mindful eating can be. In The Plantiful Plate, she shows how easy it is to prepare hearty, sa... read more
30 classic Vermont recipes to treasureThe Little Local Vermont Cookbook brings the natural flavors of the Green Mountain State to your table. Whether you’re starting the day with Maple Bacon Skillet Biscuits or enjoying a midday meal of Cheddar Ale Soup, this ... read more
The Seasoned Plate is a collection of delicious and healthy real food recipes by the season. Chef/author Nicole Putzel. Photographer Claudia Chocano.This cookbook is the result of a beautiful recipe: one of food, friendship, and wellness, told by the seasons. ... read more
30 classic Portland recipes to treasureThe Little Local Portland Cookbook brings the essential flavors of Portland, Oregon, to your table. From special coffee drinks and brunch dishes like Huckleberry Hotcakes and Salmon Hash, to delicious Oregon Bay shrimp co... read more
30 classic Texas recipes to treasureThe Little Local Texas Cookbook brings the essential flavors of Texas to your table. From traditional BBQ to celebratory party treats, you’ll find recipes for slow-roasted beef ribs, chicken-fried steak, chili cheese enchila... read more
30 classic Maine recipes to treasureThe Little Local Maine Cookbook brings the essential flavors of Maine to your table. From lobster boils, rolls, and bakes; whole roasted fish with fresh farm-stand corn; and blueberry-sauced crepes and homemade pie, this boo... read more
The Little Local New Orleans Cookbook brings the essential flavors of New Orleans to your table. From festive cocktails and finger foods to big celebration fare, you’ll find recipes for Sazerac and Hurricane cocktails, Creole gumbo, jambalaya, blackened redfis... read more
While Missoni clothes have been handed down by fashionistas since the 1970s and are covetable and prized, Francesco Maccapani Missoni, the son of designer Angela Missoni, feels the same way about the family's distinctive recipes. With a healthy respect for tra... read more
It is never too late to eat right and exercise the smart way! Food and fitness experts Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, FAND, and Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM, share their personal experiences and offer a common-sense approach to help you learn what it takes to contr... read more
Andy Warhol’s explosive pop art and sharp commentary on advertising and celebrity culture are renowned and deeply relevant even decades after their creation. In this evocative volume, Warhol expert and former Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner curates the... read more
Just say no to nutri-nonsenseWhy is Chef Anthony Warner so angry? Two words: pseudoscience bullshit. Lies about nutrition are repeated everywhere—in newspaper headlines, on celebrity blogs, even by our well-meaning friends and family. Bad science is no reason ... read more
From the authors of the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day series comes a holiday and celebration cookbook that uses the same groundbreaking quick and easy baking method.Zoë François and Jeff Hertzberg shocked the baking world when they proved that homemade y... read more
Type-2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a lifelong condition; for many people, especially those who have been recently diagnosed, it’s possible to reverse the symptoms of this malignant disease. But how can that be done? In 2017 the author, inspired by results obta... read more
Eat Race Win

Hannah Grant

The endurance athletes guide to eating. Following the successful Grand Tour Cookbook, Hannah Grant brings you the year round must-have food and nutrition bible. Thousands of people around the globe have praised her easy to follow, healthy and tasty recipes. Ha... read more
Drink to your health with fresh herbs, spices, and natural sweeteners. In Clean Cocktails, holistic health coaches Beth Ritter Nydick and Tara Roscioli bring a clean-living mindset to craft mixology.Their recipes use nothing but naturally low-calorie spirits; ... read more
The culinary do-it-yourself era is in full swing! Many chefs and cooks are seeking a deeper connection with their food through foraging, farming, and hunting, leading many to cast aside the casserole for modern spins on familiar foods.In Acorns & Cattails, nat... read more
13-year-old Raystar had it all– homework, a big sis’, loving parents– until everything was turned upside down. To save her world, she must learn to control her tremendous powers. To save herself, she needs to learn what it means to be Human....Imagine realizin... read more
For years, chef and cookbook author Alice Hart has been crafting—and sharing—“recipes for giving pleasure.” Now, Good Veg showcases ebullient vegetables, fruits, and grains—in inventive, reliable dishes to sustain you (and family and friends) all day, through ... read more
The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook captures the glory of this globally celebrated interpretation of one of America’s favorite desserts. Eli’s cheesecake began more than 35 years ago, rising to prominence first as a featured item at one of Chicago’s most popular res... read more
Now beautifully repackaged in convenient paperback format, Indian for Everyone is the third book by Anupy Singla, former broadcast journalist turned foodie blogger turned best-selling author. This book is by far Singla's most stunning and comprehensive offerin... read more
This unique guide to preparing Indian food using classic slow-cooker techniques features more than 50 recipes, beautifully illustrated with full-color photography throughout. These great recipes take advantage of the slow cooker's ability to keep food moist th... read more
Wisconsin Supper Clubs is a resource for and about supper clubs throughout Wisconsin that includes beautiful photographs of the unique supper club interiors, proprietors, and customers, as well as fascinating archival materials. Also recorded in this book are ... read more
Yvonne Maffei is the founder of the hugely popular cooking blog and Islamic lifestyle website My Halal Kitchen. Her new book, My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Lifestyle Inspiration, celebrates halal cooking and shows readers how easy it can ... read more
At the outset of her career, acclaimed food writer and cooking instructor Gail Monaghan graduated from culinary school knowing a multitude of professional techniques and boasting a vast repertoire of delicious recipes. But alone in her own kitchen, she quickly... read more
How can you retire on time? Become a “Snowball” investor.Today, we live in a world of 24-hour business television, high-speed trading, and volatile capital markets. Instead of asking your dentist for a hot stock tip, you need only turn on the TV to hearwhat th... read more
A redesigned and reformatted version of a perennial favorite, this fourth edition of 1,001 Delicious Soups and Stews delights the palate and soothes the soul, no matter the season. The new edition features streamlined recipes focused on swift and simple prepar... read more
The cookbook series with more than 750,000 copies sold lifetime!A redesigned and reformatted version of a perennial favorite, this second edition of 1,001 Best Low-Fat Recipes is the most complete collection of healthy recipes for busy families. The quick, eas... read more
A redesigned and reformatted version of a title now returning to print, 1,001 Best Low-Carb Recipes is an extensive collection of great dishes for the health-conscious home cook looking for more low-carb options. Enlarged and beautifully repackaged, this book ... read more
All year long, we look forward to a summertime filled with cookouts, picnics, beach trips, and dinner parties on the patio. From the first flower's bloom to the moment the leaves begin to turn, the summer season is always an exciting dash to spend time outside... read more
Founded in 1998 by the late culinary luminary, author, chef, and entrepreneur Abby Mandel, the Green City Market is the venerable year-round farmers market held in Chicago's Lincoln Park. Since its inception, the Green City Market has grown into one of the mos... read more
The world is in turmoil. Whether one looks at Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East, Africa, or Latin America, uncertainty and upheaval seem to be the order of the day. Nevertheless, there seems to be an odd certainty in the minds of many pundits, write... read more
Calling for a paradigm shift in the way we think about retirement planning, Don’t Die Broke will rescue readers of all ages from many a market debacle in the coming years. Immersed as we are in what a climate of financial uncertainty, many investors have alrea... read more
Aundrea Lacy tells the story of how she founded her business, Luv Brownies and grew it into a success. Along the way she offers up the kind of brass-tacks lessons of use to any entrepreneur, but especially women, who face unique challenges in starting their ow... read more
Taste: A Life in Wine

Anthony Terlato

Anthony Terlato's story is not simply the usual CEO narrative of achieving business success, nor i it the typical winemaker's tale of pursuing perfection in a glass. Straddling both of those stories, Terlato uses broad strokes to show how one individual had an... read more
In this unique, profoundly inspirational memoir, Divorce Court star Judge Lynn Toler shares her mother’s wisdom for learning to conquer anger and become immune to insult. Toler credits her mother’s “rules” for life – a life that saw her grow up the daughter of... read more
The cuisine of Puglia is famous for being among the best in Italy. Puglian food is deeply rooted in the traditions of this southern Italian region, its geography, and its history as the breadbasket of Italy and the largest producer of olive oil.In this cookboo... read more
Veteran travel writer Jacqueline Harmon Butler shows readers, one step at a time, how to research, write, and sell travel articles--but most importantly, she details what makes a travel article a winner.In this new edition, Butler updates her bestselling handb... read more
This new edition of 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes is completely revised to reflect current food trends and cooking preferences.The introduction will adhere to American Heart Association guidelines and will include the new FDA nutritional guidelines, with co... read more
Slow-cookers are a great complement to today’s busy lifestyles. Once the ingredients are added, the virtually meal cooks itself. This collection brings together a huge number and variety of recipes that show off the value, ease, and versatility — not to mentio... read more
For nearly three decades, the Chicago Tribune has run its annual Holiday Cookie Contest, asking readers to submit recipes that are both unique and meaningful to them. Each recipe is accompanied by a brief description or story explaining why the cookie is speci... read more
The End of the Euro begins with an overview of the birth of the euro itself. Understanding this history is essential to understand the anomalies built into the project from the beginning. These anomalies form the subject of chapter two, along with how they led... read more
The succession of crises facing the U.S. economy in 2008 and 2009 have thrown a bright spotlight on Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke. Each of his moves to address the disastrous economic conditions are reported and analyzed at length in the press as he wo... read more
When Richard Nixon said “We are all Keynesians now” in 1971, few could have predicted that the next three decades would result in a complete transformation of the global economic landscape. The transformation was led by a small, relatively obscure group within... read more
This new series launches with an everything-you-need-to-know guide to using the slow cooker, and features 101 delicious, diverse, and recipes, all of which have been thoroughly kitchen-tested. Slow Cooker 101 starts with a detailed introduction that covers the... read more
The latest addition to Agate Surrey's beloved 1001 series of cookbooks is its hottest ever. The largest and most comprehensive cookbook ever published on this subject, 1001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes is composed of the very best dishes from author Dave DeWitt'... read more
From Annalise Roberts, author of the celebrated Gluten-Free Baking Classics, and Claudia Pillow, PhD, comes this new full-scale gluten-free cookbook--a breakthrough in healthier eating, featuring 140 great new recipes. The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook is a... read more
Lavishly illustrated and full of practical home-entertaining know-how, this book will appeal to everyone from first-time hosts to seasoned party-throwers. Author, designer, and HGTV host Monica Pederson will inspire and teach readers how to entertain at home w... read more
This new series continues with an all-new everything-you-need-to-know guide to making diabetic-friendly meals. This cookbook features 101 delicious, diverse, and accessible recipes, all of which have been thoroughly kitchen tested. Diabetes Cooking 101 will al... read more
Sardinia, the isolated and majestic island off the southwest coast of Italy, has a rich and ancient history as home to different Mediterranean peoples whose customs have intertwined over the centuries. The result is an unparalleled richness of cuisine. The Sar... read more
Prep School is the ultimate collection of the weekly Chicago Tribune column of the same name, written by culinary instructor and award-winning food writer James P. DeWan. The columns and this book are focused on teaching readers how to become better cooks—from... read more
Vegan cooking has been exploding in popularity over the past decade. Once limited to a small number of zealous adherents, veganism has become steadily more mainstream. David Stowell and George Black's Veganopolis Cafeteria restaurant developed a huge internati... read more
Gluten-Free Baking Classics

Annalise G. Roberts

This revised edition of Annalise Roberts' popular cookbook is a welcome choice for those allergic to gluten who want to enjoy delicious fresh-baked foods. Roberts presents easy-to-use recipes and techniques for baking everyday basics like bread and cookies as ... read more
The craft cocktail movement's recent meteoric rise has fittingly coincided with an increased emphasis on locally sourced foods, so it is only natural that an interest in fresh, seasonal ingredients has become a part of every mixologist’s and home bartender's r... read more
Bread may be the staff of life, but if it contains gluten it can trigger an allergic reaction, and even provoke serious digestive disorders like celiac disease. Consumers who love bread but must avoid gluten have long been at the mercy of mediocre products and... read more
The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book is a one-stop guide to delicious, everyday baked goods free of dairy, eggs, and nuts — the most common food allergens. It offers timeless, foolproof recipes that are easy to prepare even for kitchen novices. It's an invaluab... read more
Thirty years after opening, the Chicago Diner is still the Windy City's premier vegetarian eatery, now with two locations and a national fan base. In honor of this momentous anniversary, the Chicago Diner is releasing this new cookbook, reflecting the wealth o... read more
Provence, the beautiful region that sits at the scenic crossroads of southern France, the Italian Alps, and the Mediterranean, has long been an area of historical import and distinct culture. It was the first Roman colony beyond Italy, held the papal seat in A... read more
This beautiful follow-up to Anupy Singla's widely praised first cookbook, the Indian Slow Cooker, is a unique guide to preparing favorite recipes from the Indian tradition using entirely vegan ingredients. Featuring more than 50 recipes, and illustrated with c... read more
JeanMarie Brownson has long been a beloved chef and food writer, from her time as the Chicago Tribune’s test kitchen director and associate food editor to her ongoing professional partnership with the iconic Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Topolobampo, Xoco). Si... read more
Sweet Mornings collects more than 100 sweet and savory options for breakfast and brunch. From donuts to crumb cakes to sweet rolls, these are the kind of treats that evoke feelings of warmth and comfort like only good, old-fashioned breakfast food can.Author P... read more

Perrin has 8 reviews

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Katie S.

Katie S.

Nov, 2022

Did a good job on the proofreading and very willing to make sure that we had what we needed for the indexing.
Ella P.

Ella P.

Sep, 2020

Perrin is a true seasoned professional with a great eye for detail. She was able to proofread my manuscript and come back with timely corrections. Always responsive and very detailed in her approach. I will definitely recommend her to others looking for help with their book
Perrin D.
Ella, it was such a pleasure to work with you on your book. Thank you for the terrific collaboration!
Blake S.

Blake S.

Apr, 2020

Perrin was fantastic to work with. She got the gist of my book very quickly, and significantly improved the content and flow. Her work was completed before her estimated date and she responded quickly to all my questions and concerns.
Jeff L.

Jeff L.

Aug, 2018

Perrin was easy to work with and she was highly professional in her communication. The edits (and suggestions) she made for my book have improved the quality considerably.
Richard S.

Richard S.

May, 2018

What an outstanding collaborator. I am so grateful to Perrin for her infinite attention, patience and eye for detail. A tremendous experience.
Perrin D.
Richard was just delightful to work with. Such a wonderful book, and such a wonderful guy!

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