Barbara Fairchild

Author Profile

Barbara Fairchild joined Bon Appétit in 1978 as an editorial assistant, and after rising through the ranks, was promoted to Editor-in-Chief in June 2000.

A prominent leader in the epicurean world, Ms. Fairchild was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage” in May 2000. She is a member of over a dozen professional organizations (including the American Society of Magazine Editors) and devotes time to charities such as the Jonsson Cancer Center at UCLA, Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, the Los Angeles Library Council, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Ms. Fairchild has also had a long association with The James Beard Foundation. Frequent television appearances include NBC’s Today Show and Dateline NBC, CNN, Food Network (Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, and America’s Top Restaurants, among others), Fine Living Network and A&E’s Biography.

During Ms. Fairchild’s tenure as Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appétit has been honored with three James Beard Awards, two VisitBritain Travel Writing Awards, aVisitScotland Travel Journalism Award and the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Award for Outstanding Travel Writing. The highly successful “The Bon Appétit Cookbook,” released in the fall of 2006, was named one of the top books of the year by Publishers Weekly and

Barbara Fairchild divides her time between the Bon Appétit offices in New York and Los Angeles, where the magazine’s editorial staff is based. (


Cookbooks by Barbara Fairchild