Julia Moskin has a juicy article in the New York Times about working as a food/cookbook ghostwriter. Since ghostwriters are typically relegated to anonymity, below is just a partial list of cookbooks which were authored by celebrity chefs, but written by ghosts.
Ghostwriter: Julia Moskin
- Bobby Flay’s Boy Gets Grill: 125 Reasons to Light Your Fire!
- Bobby Flay Cooks American: Great Regional Recipes with Sizzling New Flavors
- American Brasserie: 180 simple, Robust Recipes Inspired by the Rustic Foods of France, Italy, and America
- Butter, Sugar, Flour, Eggs: Whimsical, Irresistible Desserts
- Gale Gand’s Just a Bite: 125 Luscious Little Desserts
- Gale Gand’s Short + Sweet: Quick Desserts with Eight Ingredients or Less
According to Ms. Moskin, “the authors most likely to write and thoroughly test their own work are trained cooks who do not work in restaurants and obsessive hobbyist cooks” (see examples below).
- Molly Stevens
- Deborah Madison
- Grace Young
- Jennifer McLagan
- Barbara Kafka