Caitlin Leffel is a writer, editor, author who teaches the business of publishing and culinary literature and cookbook writing at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. Since 2004, she has worked on the editorial side of trade book publishing, specializing in books on fashion, lifestyle, design, and cooking, and has co-authored and ghostwritten many books in these categories as well. She has also worked with companies such as Starbucks and Ladies Get Paid to produce editorial and book projects for those brands, as well as with book agents and their clients to develop and write book proposals for acquisition. 

As an editor, Caitlin has worked with authors, photographers, and book designers from around the world, and has particular experience in Italian publishing and cooking. Chief among her areas of interest are book design and production, and issues around authenticity, adaptation, and ownership of foods from different culinary traditions, and studying how different writers and authors develop and interpret traditional recipes for their own work. 


B.A., magna cum laude, Amherst College (French & European Studies)

M.F.A, Vermont College of Fine Arts (Creative Nonfiction)

The Columbia Publishing Course


  • Ghostwriting
  • The Business of Publishing
  • Cookbooks and Culinary Writing
  • International Publishing

Selected Books

  • Design Remix (with Corey Damen Jenkins), Rizzoli, 2021
  • Fresh Island Style (with Alicia Rountree), Rizzoli, 2020
  • Pret-a-Party (with Lela Rose), Rizzoli, 2015
  • The Best Things to Do in New York: 1001 Ideas, Universe Publishing, 2006
  • NYC: An Owner’s Manual, Universe Publishing, 2008
  • In Love in New York, Rizzoli ExLibris, 2015