I am a publishing professional who collaborates with authors to turn their vision and voice into finished books. My work includes proposal writing, developing and testing recipes, and coordinating every stage leading up to publication. My clients range from Laila Ali and Carol Alt to four MasterChef winners. I have tested recipes for numerous books, including Oprah’s Food, Health, and Happiness.
My in-house background includes stints as managing editor at Penguin Books and The New Press. While at Penguin Books, my work on Rebecca Wood’s seminal Whole Foods Encyclopedia inspired me to complete the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. I then worked as a private chef in New York City while making my way into the world of cookbook writing. My skills reflect the hundreds of cookbooks I’ve copyedited and proofread over the span of my career. My combined publishing and culinary background brings a broad picture perspective to the work I offer.
I am also the author of Cultured Foods for Your Kitchen and, with my husband, Nash Patel, Dosa Kitchen: Recipes for India’s Favorite Street Food. We own a South Indian restaurant located in southern Vermont called Dosa Kitchen. When I’m not in the kitchen, you can find me walking in the woods behind my house or making a day of it at the farmers’ market, the hub of my hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont.