Random House's Ten Speed Press imprint has established a new imprint, 4 Color Books, with Bryant Terry, the NAACP Image Award and James Beard Award–winning chef and educator.
The imprint will publish books by "forward-thinking and groundbreaking BIPOC chefs, writers, artists, activists, and innovators" to "craft visually stunning nonfiction books that inspire readers and give rise to a more healthy, just, and sustainable world for all," Ten Speed said in a release. Terry will acquire and edit two to three titles in the lifestyle space per year, with Kelly Snowden, Ten Speed’s editorial director, acquiring books in the food, beverage, and wellness areas.
Terry, an activist focused on creating a "healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system," is the author of two books, Afro-Vegan and Vegetable Kingdom, both of which were published by Ten Speed. He is currently the chef-in-residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. 4 Color, Ten Speed said, was born out of Terry's hopes for a more diverse book publishing industry.
“Books, whether my own or others, have been an incredibly important and transformative part of my life, helping to expand my mind and nourish my body,” said Terry. “4 Color Books will amplify my ability to connect readers with new ideas, stories, and perspectives and to create captivating, inspiring, valuable books. I’m excited to realize my vision of a library that reflects the contribution of a diverse and inclusive creative community, and points the way to more mindfulness, health and equity in our individual lives and beyond.”
In October, 4 Color will publish Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora, which Terry will edit. Each chapter, the publisher said, "illuminates a part of the Black experience, offering delicious recipes, moving essays, arresting art from such luminaries as Black Panther Party creative director Emory Douglas and American artist Sarina Mantle, and stunning design by the acclaimed George McCalman."
4 Color's first acquisition was the debut cookbook from Top Chef Junior finalist Rahanna Bisseret Martinez.
“Ten Speed Press is honored to partner with Bryant on 4 Color Books, and to deepen our longstanding publishing collaboration with such an important leader in building inclusive constituencies and inspiring us all to take better care of ourselves and each other,” said Aaron Wehner, executive v-p of Crown Publishing and publisher of Clarkson Potter and Ten Speed Press.