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From Pastas to Proofreads: Cookbook Editing with Meredith Dees and Michelle C. Meade

Date:  Monday, November 30, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: Zoom video conference

Branch/Twig:  Toronto

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Join Editors Toronto on Monday, November 30 at 7:00 pm EST via Zoom for our branch business meeting, followed by From Pastas to Proofreads: Cookbook Editing with Meredith Dees and Michelle C. Meade.

Our relationship to food is complex. Food has the power to transport us emotionally, to soothe or excite us, and to bring us together. A good cookbook provides us with recipes for a variety of dishes, but a great cookbook introduces us to new cultures, innovative tools, and healthier lifestyles. So, what is an editor's role in putting a cookbook together? From recipe development and testing to layout and design, our November program will dive into this unique form of illustrated non-fiction editing.

This will be a moderated panel with Meredith Dees, senior editor at Robert Rose, and Michelle C. Meade, former editorial director of the Food and Lifestyle program at Figure 1 Publishing, followed by a Q&A. Moderated by Jessica de Bruyn, this discussion will cover the forms and stages of cookbook editing from acquisitions to the proofread and will delve into our guests’ own journeys to working in cookbooks.

About the Speakers:

Meredith Dees is a senior editor at Robert Rose books, where she specializes in cookbooks. She has worked on a variety of bestselling and award-winning books, including Liv B’s Vegan on a Budget by Olivia Biermann, The Complete Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Chandra Ram, The Edgy Veg by Candice Hutchings, Seriously Good Freezer Meals by Karrie Truman, and The 3-Ingredient Baking Book by Charmian Christie.

With more than twenty years of international experience in the illustrated book publishing industry, Michelle C. Meade has been sharing stories and ideas through high-quality content on the subjects of food and culture. She has held editorial positions with independent book publishers primarily in New York and London, including SoHo Books, Pavilion Books, and Phaidon Press. She was the former editorial director for the Food and Lifestyle program at Figure 1 Publishing in Vancouver and now works as a freelance publishing consultant and editor.