Rowman & Littlefield has acquired the assets of Gooseberry Patch, the Columbus, Ohio-based publisher best known for its family-friendly cookbooks. Gooseberry, which has a backlist of about 200 titles, will become part of Globe Pequot Press, which R&L acquired last year.
Originally founded in 1984 as a mail-order catalogue company selling country-style products, Gooseberry began publishing cookbooks in 1992. R&L’s affiliated company, National Book Network, has been Gooseberry’s distributor since 2010 and NBN will continue to sell and fulfill orders. R&L will retain the Gooseberry Patch name has an imprint and Liz Plotnick-Snay, chief operating officer of Gooseberry, will continue to oversee the publishing program from offices in Ohio,
"We're excited to have Gooseberry Patch as part of our trade book line.,” said Jim Childs, publisher of Globe Pequot. “The brand continues to uniquely appeal to America's home cook by delivering reader-generated recipes across a timeless range of topics."
This was the second deal for R&L in 2015. Last week its Bernan Press imprint bought Chase Calendar of Events--the reference work that covers holidays, special events, and observances--from McGraw-Hill Education. Holly McGuire, the editor-in-chief of Chase’s for the past 12 years, will continue to edit the annual publication.