A graduate of the New York City public school system and Yale University, Rica worked in professional kitchens for five years (Daniel and Picholine) before being lured into book publishing by Scribner, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. In 2005, she joined Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she became Vice President and Executive Editor, specializing in acquiring and editing cookbooks and narrative nonfiction. Authors with whom Rica was privileged to work include David Chang of Momofuku; Christina Tosi of Milk Bar; French blogger and tastemaker Mimi Thorisson (now a client); bestselling author Luke Barr; and Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. Rica brings her love of food and everything French as well as her Puerto Rican heritage to her role as a literary agent and is interested in cooking, narrative nonfiction, popular culture, history, science, and select memoir projects, as well as in helping authors from diverse backgrounds tell stories that are important to them.

You may query Rica by email. Note that she does not represent fiction at this time. Please summarize your book idea and include in the body of your email your proposal and, if appropriate, a sample chapter (no attachments, please):