Legendary Cookbook Editor Judith Jones—Famous for Her Work With Julia Child—Has Died at the Age of 93

Legendary Cookbook Editor Judith Jones—Famous for Her Work With Julia Child—Has Died at the Age of 93

Jones was responsible for publishing Child's first book in the U.S.

By Maggie Shi

One of the biggest names in the book publishing industry, Judith Jones is best known for publishing Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961—and subsequently launching the charismatic culinary doyenne into celebrity chef stardom. Jones passed away yesterday at the age of 93 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease, reports the Washington Post.

The legendary editor worked with a slew of prominent names in the culinary world, including Lidia Bastianich, Madhur Jaffrey, Marcella Hazan, Joan Nathan, and Edna Lewis, publishing cookbooks that became classics and turning these authors into foodie household names.

But Jones wasn't only known for her cookbooks. She also edited well-known fiction writers, such as Anne Tyler, Langston Hughes, and John Updike. And most famously, she rescued the English version of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl from a reject pile while working at Doubleday.

The culinary world is mourning the loss of a legend:

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