Canongate is stepping into the kitchen for the first time, publishing its first cookery titles this autumn. Editor Jenny Lord, who joined the Edinburgh indie a year ago from Penguin General imprint Fig Tree, has acquired the three launch titles on the list.
Lily Vanilli's Sweet Tooth, by British baker Lily Jones (pictured), will be published on 6th September (£20, hb), with Lord pre-empting world rights in the title through Jonathan Conway at Mulcahy Conway Associates. Jones runs a bakery in east London, frequented by celebrities such as Elton John, Madonna and Nigella Lawson, and the book will focus on the core skills of baking, as well as featuring unusual ingredients and decorating tips.
The second title will be A Girl and Her Pig, the first cookbook by double Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield, to be published on 1st November (£25, hb). Lord acquired UK and Commonwealth rights through Cullen Stanley at Janklow & Nesbit, with the book to include recipes from the chef who started out at the River Café in London, and now owns three restaurants in New York.
On the blocks for spring 2014 is The Edible Atlas by Mina Holland, with Lord acquiring world rights from Jon Elek at A P Watt. The book will look at global cuisine, with each chapter taking on a different region.
Lord said she plans for the imprint to publish two to three titles a year and is looking for "strong voices . . . and exceptional quality". Lord is the only editor actively acquiring in this area for Canongate at the moment. She said: "It's an area of the market that has been growing stronger and stronger—cooks still want beautiful books to cook from. Of course it's a crowded market, but with the right authors who are successful in what they do and well-known in the food world, the audience is there already."
On plans for the first two titles, Lord said: "There are certain kinds of authors, like Lily and April, who seem like the perfect fit for our list—they do what they do to a very high standard and their books are full of personality. A world-class chef and one of Britain's most interesting young bakers give us plenty of opportunity to publish these books with a Canongate twist, particularly when it comes to online, and events."