Re­mem­ber­ing Ju­dith Jones, leg­endary cook­book edi­tor who signed Child and more

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 360 FOOD - By Joe Yo­nan The Wash­ing­ton Post Jones

Ju­dith Jones, the leg­endary edi­tor who res­cued Anne Frank’s “The Di­ary of a Young Girl” from a pub­lisher’s re­ject pile and later in­tro­duced read­ers to the likes of Ju­lia Child and a host of other in­flu­en­tial cook­book au­thors, died Aug. 2 at her sum­mer home in Walden, Ver­mont. She was 93.

The cause was com­pli­ca­tions from Alzheimer’s dis­ease, said her step­daugh­ter Bron­wyn Dunne.

Jones helped open a world of cuisines to a pub­lic pre­vi­ously bound by con­ve­nience foods, and her im­pact on cook­book pub­lish­ing, home cook­ing and the Amer­i­can palate was mon­u­men­tal.

Be­gin­ning in the 1950s, she fol­lowed her own cu­rios­ity and her in­stincts for what read­ers wanted to cook and needed to know, and she cham­pi­oned the work of un­known au­thors who be­came icons and whose books be­came clas­sics. The list of th­ese scholar-cooks who owe her their ca­reer in­cludes

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