Doris Cooper, VP and Associate Publisher at Clarkson Potter, is the encourager-in-chief behind some of the most exciting food books this season: Alice Waters’ memoir, Alex Guarnaschelli’s The Home Cook, Melissa Clark’s Dinner in an Instant. Listen to this episode of Speaking Broadly to learn how curiosity fueled Cooper’s rise from xerox-intern-secretary to food world tastemaker and strategist. Though enormously successful today, there were challenges along the way like when she was laid off when she was a young senior editor. To stay interesting, says Cooper, “you need struggle.”

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