Francis Lam Named New Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Clarkson Potter

Host of American Public Media’s The Splendid Table promoted by renowned publisher

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 1, 2020 –Today, Penguin Random House imprint Clarkson Potter announces Francis Lam as their new Vice President and Editor-in-Chief. Clarkson Potter focuses on publishing works by award-winning and bestselling chefs, cooks, designers, artists and writers. Lam, who is also the host of American Public Media’s award-winning food program The Splendid Table, previously served as Clarkson Potter’s Editor-at-Large since 2013.

Lam’s prior work at the publishing company was centered on his commitment to celebrating emerging and diverse voices in America’s food culture. Lam was the editor behind some of the most creative and best-selling cookbooks in recent memory. These include two The New York Times bestselling books by Chrissy Teigen, Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More; David Chang’s current bestselling memoir, Eat a Peach; Toni Tipton-Martin’s acclaimed cookbook, Jubilee and the 2017 James Beard Cookbook of the Year, Victuals, by Ronni Lundy.

“We could not be more thrilled for Francis,” said Sally Swift, co-creator and managing producer of APM’s The Splendid Table. “It is an opportune time in publishing for Francis’ distinctive voice and his devotion to telling the stories of the underrepresented. His perspective on life will do a great deal to move us all along in the right direction, just as he does here weekly on The Splendid Table.”

Lam is a multiple James Beard Award winner and has been the host of APM’s The Splendid Table since 2017.


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