Justin Schwartz, Vice President and Executive Editor
Justin Schwartz joined Simon & Schuster in 2020 as Vice President and Executive Editor. Justin's publishing career spans 30 years, and his acquisitions include all-time best-sellers such as The Whole30, which spent 116 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. He has published books by celebrity chefs like Marc Forgione, Dominique Crenn, and Scott Conant, television personalties including The Property Brothers, Sandra Lee, Ellie Krieger, Natalie Morales, Jenny Jones, and Tiffani Thiessen, blogging and social media superstars, and acclaimed books like the IACP Cookbook of the Year award-winner Fish Forever by Paul Johnson and the James Beard award-winning Pig: King of the Southern Table by James Villas. His acquisitions have ranged from cooking to health & wellness, mind/body/spirit, home renovation, and even tarot card reading. As a freelancer for a few years in the middle of his career, Justin authored two books of his own, Veg Out: Vegetarian Guide to New York City and The Marshmallow Fluff Cookbook. He art directs photo shoots for many of his books as well and is known to capture his dinner in photographs every night on Instagram (@justcooknyc).
Justin began his career at Macmillan in 1990 (before it was acquired in 1994 by Simon & Schuster, which he subsequently joined), and he has since worked at William Morrow, Wiley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he was an Executive Editor, and his most recent New York Times best-sellers included Binging with Babish by Andrew Rea and The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass. His success with Whole30 spawned a series of books which went on to sell over 3 million copies in total, and he has published a large number of top-selling trend-driven books on topics like Instant Pots, air fryers, keto, and more.
At Simon & Schuster, Justin continues to enthusiastically publish in the lifestyle categories including cooking, wine & spirits, health & wellness, spirituality, and home, with a focus on books which better lives and are best portrayed through photography and other visually-driven formats.