Stephanie Swane is the publisher and editorial director of Modernist Cuisine’s in-house publishing department The Cooking Lab. She develops and leads new publishing projects and partnership opportunities. She has brought over 25 years of experience working on custom books, global sales, brand management, foreign rights, and licensing to the team.
Stephanie leads the editorial team in writing and publishing Modernist Cuisine’s latest book released in November 2017, Modernist Bread, a 2,642 page multi-volume set. Over the last four years she has traversed the globe to help the team research bread from every imaginable angle. Stephanie has met with experts in baking, milling, agriculture, production, history, fermentation and beyond. She regularly attends industry workshops and conferences that cover all aspects of baking, from commercial production to cereal science.
Prior to joining Modernist Cuisine, Stephanie worked with publishers that include Becker&Mayer!, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Putnam, Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing, and Golden Books. She has worked with a diverse group of global brands, retailers, wholesalers, publishers and licensors, ranging from Williams-Sonoma to NBC/Universal, CBS/Paramount, Hasbro, Fox, Disney/Lucasfilm, Barnes & Noble, Target, Phaidon Books and Amazon Publishing.
She holds a M.A. in Media Studies from The New School and B.A. in Fine Art and Art History from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
When not working on the next Modernist Cuisine project, Stephanie can be found in her Seattle garden. True to her North Dakota farming roots, she enjoys growing native vegetables and fruits, including varieties of wheat and rye. She loves all things fermentation—from pickling to beer brewing. An avid artist and crafter, you can also find her selling her art at fairs around the city. Stephanie is also an active member of BBGA, AACI, PNBA, ABA, Maine Grain Alliance, IACP, Real Bread Campaign, AIB, NW Science Writers Association and NW Editors Guild.