The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America

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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author
Sara B. Franklin is a writer, teacher, and oral historian. She received a 2020-2021 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholars grant for her research on Judith Jones, and teaches courses on food, writing, embodied culture, and oral history at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is the author of The Editor, the editor of Edna Lewis, and coauthor of The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook. She holds a PhD in food studies from NYU and studied documentary storytelling at both the Duke Center for Documentary Studies and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She lives with her children in Kingston, New York. Find out more at
"Judith Jones has, at long last, found a worthy biographer in Sara B. Franklin. Her kaleidoscopic portrait of Jones, anchored in deep research but written with crisp clarity, honors every complication of Jones's character without losing sight of the remarkable imprint she left on America's literary landscape--far beyond the realm of food." -Mayukh Sen, author of Taste Makers
"Through her editorial work, Judith Jones changed the perception of what it meant to be a woman who cooks. Through The Editor, Sara B. Franklin gives shape and weight to a career that could have continued on as a footnote; in doing so, she proves Jones was too good and influential to live on like that." -Alicia Kennedy, author of No Meat Required
"Author Sara B. Franklin delivers a rewarding book about a pioneer in the book world, a woman whose appreciation for the written word shone through in her career." --San Francisco Chronicle, 5-star review
"A thorough and humanizing portrait." --Kirkus
"Sara B. Franklin pulls back the curtain and casts a penetrating light on Judith Jones, a consummate editor, a connoisseur of food and fiction, a sophisticated, determined, and secret force who worked in publishing for half-a-century, cooking up and shaping so many books that shaped us. The Editor is a surprising, granular, luminous, and path-breaking biography." -Edward Hirsch, critic and bestselling author of How to Read a Poem
"The Editor retrieves Jones from the margins of publishing history and affirms her essential role in shaping the postwar cultural landscape, from fiction to cooking and beyond." --The Millions
"Buoyant... a must-read for anyone who appreciates culinary history, but it's engaging enough to sway even those who aren't usually drawn to nonfiction."

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"Intimate and illuminating--an exceptional feast for bibliophiles and foodies alike." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Jones is an exhilarating subject, and Franklin has done her justice in this expert, involving, and radiant biography." --Booklist, Starred Review