Judith Jones

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

Judith Jones is Senior Editor and Vice-President at Alfred A. Knopf. She joined the company in 1957 as an editor working primarily on translations of French writers including Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. She had worked before that for Doubleday first in New York and then in Paris, where she was responsible for reading and recommending The Diary of Anne Frank.

Over the years at Knopf Jones has worked with distinguished authors including John Hersey, Langston Hughes, Sharon Olds, Peter Taylor, and, for more than forty years and more than fifty books, John Updike. She has been particularly interested in developing a list of first-rate cookbook writers; her authors have included Julia Child (Judith published Julia’s first book and was her editor ever after), James Beard, Marcella Hazan, Lidia Bastianich, Claudia Roden, Madhur Jaffrey, Edna Lewis, Scott Peacock, Joan Nathan, Nina Simonds, and Jacques Pépin, among many others.

Jones is the author, most recently, of The Pleasures of Cooking for One and the memoir The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food. With her late husband Evan Jones, she is the co-author of three books: The Book of BreadKnead It, Punch It, Bake It! (for children); and The Book of New New England Cookery. She also collaborated with Angus Cameron on The L.L. Bean Game and Fish Cookbook.

Recently, Jones has contributed to VogueSaveur, and Gourmet magazines. In 2006, she was awarded the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in New York City, and in northern Vermont in the summer.

Online Resources:

Judith Jones’s website & blog
NY Times profile
On NPR, with excerpt & audio from THE TENTH MUSE

Selected Bibliography:

The Pleasures of Cooking for One (Knopf 2009)

The Tenth Muse (Anchor 2008)

The Book of New New England Cookery (w/ Evan Jones) (UPNE 2001)

The Book of Bread (w/ Evan Jones) (William Morrow Cookbooks 1986)

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