Through his work as cookbook author, editor, and ghostwriter, as well as a busy corporate recipe developer, Rick Rodgers reaches countless cooks every day.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rick’s consciousness was raised by the region’s great ethnic restaurants and local farms. He began in the food business in high school, and after graduating in Theater from San Francisco State University, Rick moved to New York, where he was instantly immersed into the restaurant and catering world.
His catering firm, Cuisine Américaine broke new ground when, as a young American chef, he created events for the Services Culturels of the French Embassy’s offices in New York City. It was there that he initially entertained the food editors and executives who would commission his first books and recipe development jobs. Through his work as personal chef to Jerry Stiller and the late Anne Meara, he met and catered for many of New York’s show business elite. These relationships paved the way for his career helping celebrities and chefs tell their own stories.
A number of Rick’s projects have landed on The New York Times Best Seller list or gone on to win Beard, IACP, and Gourmand Awards and nominations. In addition to books on his publishing history, he has worked with many renowned personalities including chefs Alfred Portale (Gotham Bar and Grill), Richard Sandoval (Maya), and Jeffrey Nathan (Abagael’s). He counts iconic baker Dan Leader and the late fashion guru, Lilly Pulitzer, among his clients, as well as Oprah Winfrey’s former chef Art Smith and two “Real Housewives” from the Bravo TV series.
Rick’s combination of down-to- earth humor and unique teaching skills helped make him the winner of the prestigious Bon Appétit Food and Entertaining Award for Outstanding Cooking Teacher.
He has also appeared as brand ambassador for top food, beverage, and housewares companies, including Kingsford Charcoal, Four Roses Bourbon, and Driscoll’s Berries. He has been on Today, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, and Food Network Challenge, and other shows in every large local media market. His recipes can be found online on such sites as Epicurious, Cookstr, and Taste, and a full-length online cooking class on Craftsy.com. You can also find Rick on Facebook and Twitter.
- Williams-Sonoma: Comfort Food and eleven other titles (author)
- Tommy Bahama: Flavors of Aloha and Flavors of the Southern Coast (author)
- Good Housekeeping: The All-New Good Housekeeping Cookbook (head writer)
- Nordstrom: Flavors and The Nordstrom Family Table Cookbook (writer)
- Mr. Boston: Official Bartender’s Guide: 75th Anniversary Edition (coeditor)
- Kingsford Charcoal: Complete Grilling Cookbook (author)
- Sur La Table: Tips Cooks Love (author)
- Fresh Market: Cooking in Season (author)
- Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook (coauthor) Gourmand Award 2016
- Lisa Oz: The Oz Family Kitchen (recipe tester)
- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Vanderpump: Simply Divine (recipe tester)
- Marla Heller, R.D.: The DASH Diet Cookbook (coauthor)
- Extra Virgin’s Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos: Super Tuscan (coauthor, 2017 pub)
- Patti LaBelle: Desserts LaBelle (coauthor, recipe developer)
- Nadine Redzepi: Downtime (consultant, 2017 pub)
Chefs, Restaurants, and Bakeries
- Chris Santos: Share (coauthor)
- Chelsea Market: The Chelsea Market Cookbook IACP Award winner 2015
- Carrabba’s: Carrabba Grill’s Cookbook (author)
- Sarabeth’s: Sarabeth’s Bakery (coauthor) James Beard Award nominee
- Patsy’s: Patsy’s Italian Family Cookbook (writer)
- Model Baker: The Model Bakery Cookbook (coauthor)
- Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking for Friends (writer, editor)
- James Beard: Essential James Beard Cookbook (writer, editor)
- Emily’s Restaurant: Emily Loves Pizza (coauthor, 2018 pub)
New York Times Bestsellers
- Curtis Stone: What’s for Dinner? (writer)
- Weber’s Grills: Smoking and New Real Grilling (recipe developer, tester)
- Patti LaBelle: LaBelle Cuisine (recipe tester)
- Art Smith: Back to The Table (recipe tester)
- Teresa Guidice: Fast, Fit, and Fabulous and Fabulicious (recipe developer)
- Thanksgiving 101 and Christmas 101 100,000+ copies sold
- Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from Classic Cafés IACP nominee
- The Carefree Cook IACP nominee 2002; Food & Wine “Best of The Best”
- The Big Book of Sides (over 450 recipes)
Print and Digital
Author and television personality
“Working with Rick Rodgers has been a revelation to me. Not only I made a new friend, but I tapped into a cornucopia of culinary talent and historical information that makes each and everyone of our working sessions something I wait for impatiently. His quick wit, his deep understanding of my Italian roots, and our shared appreciation for simplicity in good food may prove to be a curse to him—it will be hard to get rid of me now! ”
Cooking Channel star and author of Extra Virgin and Super Tuscan
“Working with Rick is an absolute pleasure. He puts our clients instantly at ease, his recipes are impeccable and he is fast and well-organized. And he has great ideas! I recommend him highly.”
Director of Business Development, Chronicle Books
“Rick Rodgers dreams up delicious ideas, cooks them with finesse, and writes the recipes with clarity and precision. You can add to his list of honed and reliable skills his editing, food styling, and just about anything else related to cookbooks. Rick is a complete pro.”
Managing Director, Weber Grills Publishing Program
“Rick is a pleasure to work with. He truly understands every aspect of the food universe. He has an extensive knowledge of cooking terminology in many languages and the actual techniques needed to translate recipes from the professional chef to the home cook. Talented and professional, Rick brings high-quality writing to every book that he crafts, whether it is his own or with chefs like me.”
Chef-Owner, Patsy’s Restaurant
“I’ve worked with Rick for over 20 years both in my job at Chronicle Books and as the owner of my own company and he is the absolute BEST. On every project, he works with full integrity, bringing each project to its full potential. Not only is he a meticulous writer, editor and recipe-tester, he is an insightful book developer, project manager, partner, truth-teller, and most importantly, a rigorous advocate for the quality of the book. When you work with Rick, you know you will create a smart, substantive project of the highest quality.”
Connected Dots Media
“Rick’s deep knowledge, passion, professionalism, and versatility—not to mention sense of humor—made him my go-to guy for any cookbook project, no matter how complicated. Throughout my many years of working with Rick I could always rely on him to deliver a quality manuscript on time and I often relied on his sage advice. I’ve recently taken on a different publishing role, but I wish I had more cookbooks on my list just so that I could work with Rick again!”
Former Associate Publisher, Weldon Owen Publishing
“Rick is the the type of freelancer every editor dreams of encountering, much less hiring. He’s always been quick to respond to my queries and quicker still to begin offering creative yet entirely on-point suggestions for the direction a project could go. I know that even when I’m still puzzling out what I want from a particular project, I can count on Rick and his encyclopedic knowledge of cooking to help clarify the opportunities and possibilities.”
Former Senior Editor, Publications International, Ltd.