I am the author of 40 original cookbooks, and the coauthor, ghostwriter, recipe tester, or consultant to more than 30 additional titles. I provide culinary and literary services to chefs, corporations, and celebrities, drawing on deep experience in these very different worlds. Click the links to see some of my work.

Cookbook Collaboration and Consulting

Together we can create a great cookbook with appetizing, well-written recipes, informative front and back matter, engaging headnotes, and captivating photography. My cookbook proposals are dynamic and get an editor’s attention by addressing the all-important issues of marketing, competitive titles, and platform.  Here are some of my recent clients:

  • Williams-Sonoma (12 titles)
  • Chopped’s Chris Santos
  • Extra Virgin’s Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar
  • Frankie Avalon
  • Nadine Redzepi (Noma Restaurant)
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Tommy Bahama
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill
  • Patsy’s Restaurant

Here’s an article about ghostwriters where I talk about my process. And an article I wrote about celebrity cookbooks in the marketplace.

Corporate Recipe Development

I develop consumer-friendly recipes for branded corporate cookbooks, websites, blogs, newsletters, brochures, apps, advertising, and more. My specialty is that I have no specialties! My clientele includes:

Recipe Testing

Having an experienced pair of hands test your recipes is invaluable, and one of the requirements of a fine cookbook. Drawing on my decades behind the stove (and the computer), I will evaluate and perfect your food to show it at its best.

  • Alfred Portale
  • Art Smith
  • Lisa Vanderpump (Real Housewives of LA)
  • Julie Loria (Diamond Dishes)
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Dan Leader

Brand Ambassador

I have helped many food and beverage companies leverage their brands across platforms. I’ve done both multi-city and satellite media tours, held online chats, and taped cooking videos, all resulting in greater customer engagement.

  • Perdue Farms
  • Kingsford Charcoal
  • Grand Marnier
  • Four Roses Bourbon
  • Driscoll’s Berries

International Cookbook Conversion and Americanization

Cookbooks from other places must be understandable and accessible to American readers, and preparing them for market goes beyond changing a few words. I identify and explain cross-cultural nuances and am fully conversant in metric weights and measures.

  • Random House
  • Dorling Kindersley
  • HarperCollins
  • Chronicle Books
  • Stewart, Tabori, & Chang

Culinary Instructor

I have over two decades of experience as a cooking teacher, with appearances at every major cooking school in the U.S., as well as venues in France and Korea. I am the recipient of Bon Appétit Magazine’s Food and Entertaining Award for Outstanding Culinary Instructor, a distinction shared with only nine other people, including Rick Bayless and Bobby Flay.