Judith Jones, In Her Own Words

September 23, 2015

The editor behind Julia Child and Lidia Bastianich — not to mention Langston Hughes and John Updike — on life, books, and cooking


he phrase “living legend” is perhaps overused, but if the words still retain any of their original significance, Judith Jones is its embodiment. At 91, she’s somehow simultaneously spry and frail, girlish and dignified. There are moments where she pauses — a memory lapse — but always returns a second later, sharp, ready with a temporarily forgotten name, or a detailed anecdote about her former employers Blanche and Alfred Knopf, founders of the eponymous publishing house where…