Judith Bailey Jones (b. 1924), cookbook editor
Jones was instrumental in persuading the firm of Alfred A. Knopf to publish Child, Bertholle, and Beck’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961. For more than 45 years, she’s brought many influential food writers to Knopf, including Madhur Jaffrey, Marcella Hazan, and (during the most eminent years of his career) James Beard. Her efforts helped endow cookbooks with lasting prestige in the American publishing scene.