Editing   •   Proofreading   •   Indexing   •   Teaching
Recipe Testing   •   Mentoring


Sheilah Kaufman and Paula Jacobson
bring their extensive cookbook publication knowledge and experience to you. They will guide you through the writing and publication process by providing editing, proofreading, indexing, recipe testing, and mentoring services. Sheilah and Paula will attend to every detail, making sure you cross your t's and dot your i's.

Cookbook Construction Crew's most recent clients include nutrition and diabetes counselors, and Italian, Iraqi, kosher, Turkish, Egyptian, Arabian, vegan, and pastry chefs.

Sheilah and Paula are members of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Slow Food, and Culinary Historians of Washington. Sheilah is a member of Association of Food Journalists and American Jewish Press Association.







What authors are saying:


I highly recommend The Cookbook Construction Crew for culinary career mentoring, editing services, and overall guidance on cookbook production assistance. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Sheilah and Paula on many projects. Over the years Sheilah has taught me how to properly write recipes and cookbooks, introduced me to publishers, edited my work, and taught me the tricks of the trade. Paula is a gifted wordsmith, recipe developer and tester, and editor who has assisted me with each of my three books. Regardless of the stage your cookbook is at, I strongly suggest that you contact the Cookbook Construction Crew. They will help you make your dreams a reality, as they have mine.
- Amy Riolo

Dear Sheilah,
Thank you so much for all of your help and hard work! Your undying support means the world to me and I am so lucky to have you as a recipe tester. I'm sure we will all be very proud to see the book come together and I will always be so grateful for your contributions. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done. I hope to meet you soon if you come to LA. Let us know so we can take you out!

Dear Paula,
I can't even begin to thank you for all that you have done for me! I really appreciate all the late nights, re-tested recipes, and multiple trips to Whole Foods! Thank you so much for caring for me like a daughter and pouring your heart and soul into the book. I can't wait to see it all come together and words can't describe my gratitude for all of your help! Thank you!!

P.S. Please let us know if you ever come to LA and we'll cook you Sweet Potato Gnocchi...just kidding! We'll take you out somewhere nice!

- Chloe Coscarelli

“In putting this book together, I have to thank my two wonderful editors, Paula Jacobson and Sheilah Kaufman. Sure, it’s hard to have every one of my recipes picked over line by line, but the resulting collection here is really something fabulous, and it’s because of them that these recipes read so well. Thanks so much”

- Chef Matt Finarelli
"Sheilah and Paula are the most fantastic recipe editors. Professional, dedicated and detail oriented - nothing, but nothing slips by them. Working with them is like having two experts at the top of their game for the price of one. There is no better team out there for the job. They treated my book as if it were their own. I loved their work and loved working with them.”

- Jamie Geller, Quick & Kosher Meals in Minutes
“I came across Sheilah Kaufman while reading her new Turkish cookbook. I did not realize she had published so many cookbooks! After doing my research, and finding out that she is a local author, I contacted her to review the transcript of my new cookbook, and add an Index. To my surprise, I received an email from her in a very short time. She arranged a meeting with me and her partner, Paula, after reviewing the transcript.

I did not realize that the recipes had to follow a certain format in addition to correcting punctuation and grammar.. Since English is my second language, I was very hesitant to publish my second cookbook, unless a cookbook editor reviewed it and made the proper corrections.

Sheilah Kaufman and Paula Jacobson are very easy to work with, very pleasant, and hospitable. I was so fortunate to find them and so privileged to be working with such professionals in guiding me through the editing process. My heartfelt thanks to you.”

- Kay Karim, Iraqi Family Cookbook
To Sheilah, Paula, my editors – thank you for the collaboration, insight, and direction you provided. Sheilah, thank you for your guidance, wisdom, and for being you.”

- Teri Cochran, Restorative Recipes A Mindful Path to the Essential You
“Big thanks to Paula Jacobson and Sheilah Kaufman for their tireless tag-team editing.

You two gals are awesome.”

- Andrea Beaman, Health is Wealth



For more information, please contact:

Sheilah: cookwithsheilah@aol.com

Paula: cooking@paulajacobson.com     301-343-6696


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