If you’ve written a cookbook and are looking for a publisher, we’re here to help. Below we’ve featured 19 of the best cookbook publishing companies.
Storey Publishing came into being when, in 1983, Martha & John Storey bought Garden Way’s publishing branch. It was then referred to as Storey Communications, with its headquarters being Pownal, Vermont.
In the many years that they have been devotedly serving their customers, Storey Publishing became something of an industry leader, publishing nonfiction books in categories such as cooking, craft, gardening, and more. Homebrewed Vinegar by Kirsten K. Shockey and Pie Academy by Ken Haedrich are two of their cookbooks.
An independent book publisher, Burford Books was founded by Peter Burford. It is based in Ithaca, New York. While they specialise in books related to the outdoors, some of the other categories of manuscripts they’ve published are military, travel, gardening, food & wine, sports & fitness, etc.
Strictly Barbecue by A.D. Livingston, The Compleat Crabber by Christopher R. Reaske, and Pairing Wine and Food by Linda Johnson-Bell are 3 of their many cooking books. If you have a cookbook ready to be submitted for publication, you’re in for a treat – Burford Books welcomes queries from authors. Take a look at their guidelines and then contact them to get the ball rolling.
3. Camino Books
There seems to be no dearth of nonfiction genres that this Philadelphia-based firm publishes. From cooking to current events, art to nature, parenting to true crime, you’ll find hundreds of diverse titles in their catalog.
Set up in the year 1987, Camino Books’ mission is to produce nonfiction titles that would be of interest to regional audiences. A Year of Delicious Low-Fat Diet Desserts by Joan Bingham and Cheers! The World of Wine-Osaur by Phillip Silverstone are two books they’ve published.
Do keep in mind that Camino Books only publishes 6-10 books a year. So it would be wise to quickly send in your manuscript (even if you don’t have an agent) once you have read their submission guidelines. You can also find more contact information on their website.
Based in San Francisco, Chronicle Books is an independent publisher that began working its magic on the publishing industry in 1967. It was started by Phelps Dewey. They publish books for adults and children alike in the categories of lifestyle, art & design, food & drink, and entertainment.
A few cooking-related books they’ve launched are Heritage Baking by Ellen King, The Friendsgiving Handbook by Emily Stephenson, and Ferment by Holly Davis.
Chronicle Books welcomes manuscript submissions from authors even if they don’t have an agent. Spend some time going through their catalog and submission guidelines. You can contact them via email or the form on their website.
5. W. W. Norton
For books that inspire, educate, and endure, there’s no better publisher than Norton. They’ve been in the market since 1923 and are headquartered in New York City. Founded by William Warder Norton and Mary Dows Herter Norton, the publisher releases both fiction and nonfiction titles.
History, law, cooking, education, mathematics, and politics are a few of their accepted nonfiction genres. If you want your book to rank alongside ones like Plat du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy by Susan Herrmann Loomis or Sam the Cooking Guy: Recipes with Intentional Leftovers by Sam Zien, then you should submit your manuscript for review.
Norton only accepts manuscripts via agents at the moment. You should read their guidelines to know what the next steps are.
Headed by Sheila Simmons, Great American Publishers is a small press that has established its expertise in traditional cookbooks for everyday use.
With its office in Lena, Mississippi, the press is known for its Eat & Explore State Cookbook series by Christy Campbell and State Back Road Restaurant Recipes series by Anita Musgrove.
They are more than willing to accept manuscript submissions directly from the author. One of the questions you are expected to answer is: How is your book different from other titles on the market? So make sure you provide ample material in your pitch.
Here are their submission guidelines that will shed light on the process of having your manuscript reviewed by them for publication.
Founded in 1993, Arcadia Publishing has its headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. It has an intricate history, what with being founded by Tempus Publishing, a UK-based firm, and then later becoming independent.
They have several imprints that deep dive into different subject matters like architecture, food & drink, ethnic, music & entertainment, baseball, aviation, etc.
Portland Beer Stories by Steven Shomler, The Texas Hamburger by Rick Vanderpool, and Vegan Survival Guide to Austin by Carolyn Tracy & Julie Wernersbach are a few books they have published.
Based in Seattle, Washington, Sasquatch Books has been in the publishing industry for more than 30 years. It was founded by David Brewster and focuses entirely on publishing nonfiction books through its imprints.
Some of the categories of titles they release are business & politics, gardening, food & wine, home & family, outdoors, and so on. Amidst its several eye-catching books are titles like Mastering Mindful Eating by Michelle Babb, Dumplings Equal Love by Liz Crain, and The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing and Living in Alaska by Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton.
Follow their guidelines to submit your manuscript for publication. They accept queries from both authors and agents. Go on, let them make your book a bestseller!
Sterling Publishing was founded in 1949. And in the decades since, it has published more than 5000 books. David Alfred Boehm is the founder of this publishing firm that is headquartered in New York City.
Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris, For Cod and Country by Barton Seaver, and Wiccan Kitchen by Lisa Chamberlain are three of their cooking-related releases.
Some of the other topics they publish books on are current events, parenting, history, and popular culture. If you want to submit your manuscript to them for publication, follow their submission guidelines and contact them.
North Clarendon, Vermont is home to a publishing company known as Tuttle Publishing. It was founded in 1948 by Charles E. Tuttle. An international publisher, they’ve launched the careers of thousands of authors.
The subjects that they dabble in are spirituality, travel, design, cooking, martial arts, etc. They place great emphasis on Asian culture, and if your cookbook has anything to do with Asian cooking, there couldn’t be a more suitable publisher for you.
Classic Home Cooking From Japan by Asako Yoshida and Gyoza: The Ultimate Dumpling Cookbook by Paradise Yamamoto are two of their cherished titles. To submit your manuscript (you can approach them without an agent), you should follow the instructions on their guidelines page.
Who doesn’t dream of having their book published by one of the Big 5s? Penguin Random House has been a renowned name in the industry for almost a decade. Markus Dohle is the founder of this publishing giant that has headquarters in both the UK and USA.
Amidst its wide coverage, some of the cookbooks that Penguin Random House has published are Eat Better, Feel Better by Giada de Laurentiis, The Case For Keto by Gary Taubes, and Intuitive Fasting by Dr Will Cole.
Naturally, they do not accept unsolicited manuscript submissions. You can find yourself an agent from the resources they’ve mentioned in their guidelines.
HarperCollins publishes cookbooks under various imprints, with categories spanning from health & healing, courses & dishes to regional & ethnic. Living Lively by Haile Thomas, The Plant Paradox Cookbook by Dr Steven R. Gundry, and Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota are three of their published titles.
With 32 years of operations under its belt, this publishing firm is headquartered in New York City. It was founded by James Harper.
In order to have your book reviewed by HarperCollins for publication, you must work with an agent who can submit your manuscript. While they don’t have any specific guidelines listed for authors, you could try to contact them with any queries you may have.
The Hachette Book Group is owned by France’s biggest publishing company known as Hachette Livre. This US publisher was set up in 2006 and is located in New York City.
It publishes a wide range of titles across numerous imprints and genres such as mind, body & spirit, travel, cooking, etc. A few of its latest releases in the cooking category are The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution by Marla Heller, Plant-Powered Protein by Nava Atlas, and Milk Street: Cookish by Christopher Kimball.
To submit your manuscript, you’ll need to approach them via an agent. Make sure to read their guidelines so that you have a clear direction in terms of how to go about it.
14. Gibbs Smith
Established in the year 1969, Gibbs Smith is a publishing firm that was founded by Gibbs M. Smith and Catherine Smith. It is located in Layton, Utah, and specialises in publishing children’s books, cookbooks, and regional titles, to name a few categories.
They have a series of cookbooks called 101 Things To Do With, which is a classic amalgamation of tips using popular ingredients. Two of their other cooking-related releases are Bacon, Beans and Beer by Eliza Cross and Cakes For Kids by Juliette Lalbaltry.
Authors can submit their manuscripts to Gibbs Smith without worry because they accept unagented submissions. Read their guidelines to give your manuscript the best shot at being accepted and contact them in case you have any queries.
15. Agate Publishing
Doug Seibold is the man behind the success of Agate Publishing, a small independent press that operates out of Evanston, Illinois. It was established in the year 2002, and since has been catering to audiences who enjoy fiction and nonfiction reads.
A few of the genres that they publish titles in are business, photography, cooking, sports, and travel. Fuel Your Body by Angie Asche, Charcuteria by Jeffrey Weiss, and The Indian Slow Cooker by Anupy Singla are some amidst the many cookbooks they’ve published.
Before you contact them, you should read their submission guidelines mentioned on the contact page. It will give you a better idea of what kind of manuscripts they are looking to publish.
Bloomsbury Publishing is a Britain-based publishing firm that has quickly become the go-to publishing house for thousands of authors and readers around the world. Founded by Nigel Newton in 1986, they also have a branch in New York City.
Pop culture, history, visual arts, cooking, and business & management are a few of the nonfiction categories they work with. Two cooking-related books they have released are Root by Rob Howell and Mexico: The World Vegetarian by Jane Mason.
You are going to need an agent to submit your manuscript to Bloomsbury Publishing. Nevertheless, do read their submission guidelines.
17. Cider Mill Press
Founded by John Whalen, Cider Mill Press is an independent publisher that boasts hundreds of published titles. They are based out of Kennebunkport, Maine and the company was set up in 2005.
A few of their bestsellers are The Home Bartender by Shane Carley, Keto Life by Sahil Makhija, and Soup by Derek Bissonnette.
They are more than happy to evaluate submissions by authors themselves, as long as the submission guidelines are followed. In case you want to reach out to them with any doubts, they are available via email and phone.
18. Phaidon Press
Film, gardens, travel, food, and architecture are but a few topics that grace Phaidon Press’ catalog. Cooking-related titles like The Taste of America by Colman Andrews, The Lebanese Cookbook by Salma Hage, and Tacopedia by Deborah Holtz & Juan Carlos Mena could be featured alongside yours on their website.
Phaidon Press was founded by Bela Horovitz and Ludwig Goldscheider. While the country of origin of this press is Austria, it is headquartered in London and New York City.
Operating since 1923, they have worked with hundreds of authors and printed books in different languages. If you want to submit your manuscript to Phaidon Press, here are the guidelines you need to follow.
Based in Hobart, New York, Hatherleigh Press’s expertise belongs to the theme of healthy living. In their mission to spread this notion, they have published books in various nonfiction genres such as fitness & exercise, cooking, business, self-help, and parenting.
Do you think your manuscript would be a great fit for the kind of books they publish? Read the submission guidelines and pitch your book to them. You can contact them via email or phone if you have any query.