Suzy Swartz

Suzy Swartz – Editor

Big Five editor with six years' experience, specializing in cookbooks and illustrated lifestyle


Hi! I'm a nonfiction editor at Penguin Random House, where I work on New York Times-bestselling and James Beard Award-winning books. My first and truest loves are lifestyle and cookbooks, and I love helping creatives bring their recipes, stories, and wisdom to the page.

As a freelance cookbook editor, I have worked with authors from the recipe-testing and -writing stages, to proposal development, all the way to copyediting; I do all this with the inside-baseball knowledge of what a publisher is looking for in a manuscript on both a logistical and conceptual level. I'll ghostwrite, help you find your narrative hook, offer structural and line edits, collaborate with your photographer and designer, or even suss out your corner of the publishing marketplace.

I have experience collaborating with brands (including Love and Lemons, Moon Juice, and Cafe Gratitude) and individuals alike and am happy to meet you or your team wherever you're at. Let's chat!

Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Design DIY & Crafts Entertainment Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Self-Help & Self-Improvement Sex & Relationships
English (US)

Work experience

Penguin Random House

Nov, 2017 — Present



Adeena Sussman

"We should all be cooking like Adeena Sussman."--The Wall Street Journal"Sababa is a breath of fresh, sunny air."--The New York TimesIn an Israeli cookbook as personal as it is global, Adeena Sussman celebrates the tableau of flavors the region has to offer, i... read more
Living Bread

Daniel Leader

2020 James Beard Award WinnerThe major new cookbook by the pioneer from Bread Alone, who revolutionized American artisan bread baking, with 60 recipes inspired by bakers around the world.At twenty-two, Daniel Leader stumbled across the intoxicating perfume of ... read more
The Moon Juice Manual

Amanda Chantal Bacon

A practical and delicious field guide to cooking and healing with adaptogens from wellness expert and former chef Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of Moon Juice and author of The Moon Juice CookbookIn The Moon Juice Manual, Amanda Chantal Bacon lays out the bluep... read more
Medical Marijuana

Mikhail Kogan, M.D.

An essential guide to understanding the health benefits of marijuana and CBDMarijuana has been used for thousands of years as a medicine, but pot has been illegal in the United States for most of our lives. Almost all states have now legalized its medical use,... read more
Now complete with daily prompts to reflect on each day of a month-long, alcohol-free plan, the author of This Naked Mind helps readers challenge their thinking, find clarity, and form new habits. Changing your habits can be hard without the right tools. This i... read more
The Korean Vegan Cookbook

Joanne Lee Molinaro

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST NEW COOKBOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Epicurious • EATER • Stained Page • Infatuation • Spruce Eats • Publisher’s Weekly • Food52 • Toronto StarThe dazzling debut cookbook from Joanne Lee Molinaro, the home ... read more
Delicious and healthful recipes from the popular blog–fully endorsed by Whole30 As fans of the Whole30 know, it can be challenging to figure out how to eat for the other 335 days of the year. Michelle Smith, creator of the blog The Whole Smi... read more
The ultimate guide for cooking outrageously delicious, vegetable-packed meals every day of the week, from bestselling author of The Love & Lemons Cookbook.Known for her insanely flavorful vegetable recipes and stunning photography, Jeanine Donofrio celebrates ... read more
Fiber Fueled

Will Bulsiewicz, MD

The instant New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestsellerA bold new plant-based plan that challenges popular keto and paleo diets, from an award-winning gastroenterologist.The benefits of restrictive diets like paleo and keto have been touted fo... read more
The fresh, bright flavors of Mexico and Southern California, adapted for the plant-based home cook, from one of L.A.’s favorite restaurants.It’s no surprise that Gracias Madre has its roots in giving gratitude. Gracias Madre means thank you, Mother in Spanish,... read more
Good & Sweet

Brian Levy

Groundbreaking recipes for real desserts—sweetened entirely by fruit and other natural, unexpectedly sweet ingredients—from a pastry cook who’s worked at acclaimed restaurants in New York and France.Brian Levy spent years making pastries the traditional way, w... read more
The Zero-Waste Chef

Anne-Marie Bonneau

A sustainable lifestyle starts in the kitchen with these use-what-you-have, spend-less-money recipes and tips, from the friendly voice behind @ZeroWasteChef.In her decade of living with as little plastic, food waste, and stuff as possible, Anne-Marie Bonneau, ... read more

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