London 18 April 2002, Penguin is delighted to announce the acquisition of Gary Rhodes’ next major cookery book from agent Borra Garson at Deborah McKenna Ltd. The new title will be a landmark book from Rhodes in which he will draw on his whole career as one of Britain’s top chefs. It will be published in hardback under the Michael Joseph imprint in autumn 2004, after Rhodes has completed his Cookery Year titles for BBC Books.
Tom Weldon, MD of Penguin General Books said, “Gary Rhodes is not only one of the great chefs working in Britain today, but he also has an exceptional talent for communicating his knowledge and passion for food to a very wide audience. Ever since first publishing Elizabeth David over forty years ago, Penguin has had a prestigious cookery list, and the arrival of Gary Rhodes establishes Penguin once again as the market leader in cookery.”
Gary Rhodes commented: “I am proud of the past successes I have had in my publishing career. Now I feel that Penguin, a fresh team behind me, will help me produce something new and exciting for the public. Watch this space!”
1. Penguin is part of Pearson, the international media company with market leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
2. Gary Rhodes’ latest book, Spring into Summer (BBC Books) is currently number two in the hardback non-fiction bestseller lists. He will be bringing out Autumn into Winter later this year and the two titles together will be published as Gary Rhodes’ Cookery Year by BBC Books in 2003.
3. Penguin’s current cookery list includes Guardian chef and proprietor of the Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal; Fuchsia Dunlop, prize-winning author of Sichuan Cookery; Manju Malhi, author of the forthcoming Brit Spice, Patricia Michelson, whose book The Cheese Room has been shortlisted for every prestigious food writing award; bestselling chef Jamie Oliver and Middle- Eastern food expert, Claudia Roden. The Penguin cookery backlist includes titles by Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Nigel Slater and Rick Stein.
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