Tipton-Martin Takes Editorial Reins At Cook’s Country

Toni Tipton-Martin
Toni Tipton-Martin

Renowned journalist and award-winning author Toni Tipton-Martin has been named editor-in-chief of Cook’s Country

She replaces editor Tucker Shaw who departs to pursue a full-time writing career. 

In addition to leading the magazine team, Tipton-Martin will develop new media projects with a focus on television and podcasts. Her new position takes effect on November 2.

“Over the course of her impressive career, Toni has been telling the story of cooking in America and that’s what Cook’s Country is all about – we see this as a perfect match and an opportunity to continue to grow Cook’s Country in new ways with Toni’s leadership,” said Jack Bishop, Chief Creative Officer of America’s Test Kitchen, the parent company of Cook’s Country.

Tipton-Martin began her career as a journalist and was the first African American woman to hold the position of food editor at a major daily newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Prior to that position, she was the nutrition writer for the Los Angeles Times

Additionally, she is an influential voice in exploring and celebrating the stories of African American cooks and how their recipes have shaped American cooking. 

She is a two-time James Beard Award for her books Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking and The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks. 

“I have long believed in the power of cooking, food history, and the dialogue around food as a way to reveal who we really are, and bring people together,” said Tipton-Martin. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to leverage my life’s experiences to help elevate Cook’s Country in new ways.”

Cook’s Country magazine’s print circulation is 280,000, up 10% in the past two years. The Cook’s Country television show is now in its 13th season on public television and is watched by 2 million viewers every week. It is the second-highest-rated cooking show on public television. (America’s Test Kitchen is number one.)