Burgess Lea Press

Great Food, Good Works

“We need more socially conscious, enlightened companies like yours!” -- Alice Waters

A traditional trade publisher with an exciting philanthropic difference, Burgess Lea Press specializes in books of high quality from chefs, cooks, restaurants, farms and world travelers as passionate about great food and good works as we are. BLP cookbooks are handsomely designed, with distinctive colored page edges, first-rate photography and original fine art, but what makes them really special is that all the publisher’s after-tax profits on each book benefit a food-related 501c organization. Grantees benefiting from BLP books include Edible Schoolyard Project, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, Adelante Mujeres, the Vetri Community Partnership and Drexel University Culinary Arts and Hospitality. The Newman’s Own Foundation invited BLP to participate in its Philanthropic Enterprise Program, and FarmAid has also recognized our innovative approach to publishing fine books about food while contributing to food access, food literacy and farmland preservation.

Contact details

Contact Info

Burgess Lea Press

401 Second Avenue North
Suite 310
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Tel: +1 612 344 8100
Fax: +1 612 344 8691

Jeff Serena, Publisher

Todd Conly

Foreign Rights:
If you are interested in publishing our titles in Europe, please contact:
     Karine Marko
     Group Rights Director
If you are interested in publishing our titles anywhere else in the world, please contact:
     Kate Essam
     Senior Manager, Quarto Foreign Rights Operations


Our History Burgess Lea Press was established in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 2013 by Buz Teacher and Janet Bukovinsky Teacher. Buz co-founded Running Press Book Publishers in 1972 and continued as publisher until 2002. Janet is a journalist with a background in food and cookbooks.

Our Latest Beneficiary For Spring 2017 projects, our proposed beneficiary is Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit organization founded by chef Michel Nischan that works to increase affordable access to healthy, locally and regionally grown foods in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Each year, Wholesome Wave’s initiatives reach 160,000 under-served community members and thousands of local farmers.

Become a Burgess Lea Press Author
Do you have a book idea that you'd like to share with us? We'd love to hear it. Please follow the directions in the submission guidelines prior to submitting your proposal. 

Background image photo credit: Guy Ambrosino

Latest news

January 24, 2017
Amelia Earhart and Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings, both from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and The Hello Atlas from Wide Eyed Editions have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.”
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January 19, 2017
Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity.
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October 6, 2016
Quarto Publishing Group USA, part of the leading global illustrated book publisher The Quarto Group, is pleased to announce the latest donation recipient of their charitable imprint, Burgess Lea Press. All of the profits of Field & Feast, a new cookbook by Dean Carlson of Wyebrook Farm, will be donated to the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York.
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