Maile Carpenter Is Queen of the Food Magazine World

Mouth-watering recipes... and readership stats.

At age 15, Maile Carpenter worked the fry station at a local McDonald’s. Today, the founding editor in chief of Food Network magazine presides over a publication that has 1.75 million subscribers and, even more astonishingly, a ‘pass-along readership of 13.5 million, the largest in the food category.’

Those factoids come from a profile of Carpenter written by Washington Post contributor Alex Witchel. The nuggets are especially intriguing for those of us who are not part of that aforementioned group of 15 million monthly Hearst publication readers. Here’s another tidbit per Witchel: Food Network kitchens create 90 percent of the recipes featured in the magazine:

Each issue boasts more than 100 recipes, 50 of which are short riffs on a single dish; this month it’s pesto, including Thai Peanut and Sesame-Seaweed.

Witchel interviewed the 42-year-old Carpenter at a New York photo studio, where the EIC was supervising artwork for the upcoming October issue. Read her conversation with ‘the leanest food editor living’ here.

July/August issue cover courtesy: Hearst