Kim Laidlaw is an award-winning cookbook editor, producer, and the author of five cookbooks:  the upcoming Williams Sonoma Everyday Cooking (Spring 2018), IACP award-nominated Baby & Toddler on the Go, Quick Slow CookingHome Baked Comfort, and Dessert of the Day

With over 17 years of experience in book publishing and packaging, Kim has managed hundreds of projects from conception to completion. Her clients include Weber, Kendall-Jackson Winery, Williams Sonoma, KitchenAid, Morton Salt, Saveur, Ten Speed Press, EatingWell Magazine, Sunset Magazine, KQED, CBSinteractive /Chowhound.com, American Girl, BabyCenter, and more.

As Executive Editor at Weldon Owen Publishing for more than 11 years, Kim packaged and managed more than 100 cookbooks, many of which were branded Williams Sonoma.  A former tech editor and project manager for multi-million dollar websites during the dot.com era, she led the digital effort at Weldon Owen, implementing a multimedia roll-out of front and backlist Williams-Sonoma cookbook titles as an iPhone app (in partnership with Culinate), iBooks and interactive iPad titles, and Kindle-edition books. Kim has also helped produce and script numerous book companion videos.

Kim is also a recipe developer and tester for such clients as Morton Salt, KitchenAid, Food Network star Tanya Holland, Mary's Pizza Shack, Chowhound.com, KQED, and many other chefs, bloggers, and cookbook authors. She is a food stylist for such clients as Ten Speed Press, Williams Sonoma, KQED, and Chowhound.com, and a former instructor at the acclaimed San Francisco Cooking School.  She was the first blogger on KQED’s popular Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005; graduated from the California Culinary Academy; and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA.

Kim lives in Petaluma, CA with her Scottish husband, their always-entertaining daughter, and a bountiful home garden.


" I grew up baking pie with my mom, and rolling out the pie dough is one of my earliest memories. She had this great Tupperware mat that she unrolled, with circles and sizes for the pie dough so I could roll out to the circle."                                                                                            Kim Laidlaw