Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast, today I am excited to share an interview with Maria Ribas. Maria is a true cookbook lover. She not only collects cookbooks, and uses cookbooks at home when she cooks, but she also works as a literary agent at Stonesong Literary Agency. At Stonesong, Maria represents authors to publishers, including her favorite genre, cookbook authors. Today on the podcast we discuss the process of acquiring cookbook titles: first, where publishers scout for authors on a particular topic VS authors sending in proposals for their cookbook ideas. We also discuss what’s on the horizon for cookbook trends, and her view of just how large a food writer’s platform needs to be for consideration of publication at a large publishing house. At home, and due to space limitations, Maria carefully curates her cookbook collection. She loves books that “take [her] away” with beautiful photography and writing, and equally as many cookbooks that offer time in the kitchen as a time to relax, or quiet yourself, rather than seeing cooking as one more chore to get done.
Listen to Episode 33 below:
Things We Mention In This Episode:
- Stonesong Literary Agency
- Maria’s Blog Cooks Plus Books
- Kinokunya Books
- Eat at Home Tonight by Tiffany King
- Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
- Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen
- Unplugged Kitchen by Viana La Place
- Register for the cookbook writing masterclass
- Join the waitlist for the next opening of the Cookbook Writers Academy
- Download checklist for first-time cookbook writers “Are You Ready to Write a Cookbook”
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- Instagram @cookbooklovepodcast or @greenapron
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