One on One: Lauren Purcell - Editor in Chief, Every Day with Rachael Ray

Site Administrator - 5th February 2013

By: Darlene Fiske, The Fiske Group
Public Relations for Lake Austin Spa Resort


Lauren Purcell
Editor in Chief
Rachael Ray Magazine



One glance at the Rachael Ray website and within 2 clicks I already know my family is getting the Mexican Chicken Lime Soup this week. I’m immediately hooked, and this holds true for anything that Lauren Purcell touches. As the Editor in Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and co-author of Cocktail Parties, Straight Up!, you are drawn to her like a moth to a flame. I know this because when we met up in New York City a few months ago, I never wanted to leave. She’s a Southern girl full of charm, enthusiasm and grace. I know you’ll enjoy this glimpse into her private life where food and fun reign supreme.

Lauren Purcell
, Editor in Chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray.

I am happiest when….
… I’m outdoors. I love my life in New York City, but frequent trips to the beach, the mountains and the farm where I grew up recharge me and remind me how beautiful and surprising the world is.

How do you like to relax?
I’m a huge reader – and a fast one. I go through three or four novels a week.

When I go to a spa I…
…gravitate toward the hikes, fitness classes and other vigorous activities and have to remind myself to schedule massages and let myself be pampered!

How did you get into this business?
Mere months before I was planning to enter law school, I was lucky enough to meet someone who pointed me toward what I really wanted to do as a career—and persuaded me it actually was possible for a small-town girl to become a big-city magazine editor.

What is the best part of your job?
Mentoring younger editors

I am known for __________________.
My specialty dish: shrimp & grits. Being a New Yorker for 15-plus years has not driven the Southern girl out of me!

The last thing I ate was...
Broccoli and lemon risotto I made with my sister.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Broccoli and lemon risotto that I make with my sister!

Who inspires you?
Too many to count. I am fascinated by people and almost always find something to admire and sometimes emulate. Everyone has a story worth listening to.

Most underappreciated kitchen utensil?

What book are you reading now? And, what’s on your “to read” list?
I am a big fan of genre fiction – mysteries, in particular— and Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series is a favorite; I’m reading the latest installment, “The Beautiful Mystery,” now. On my to-read list: the Steve Jobs biography.

Who makes you laugh the most?
My niece, Evelyn, and my nephew, John. They’re hilarious—sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

What’s your guilty-pleasure food?
Haagen Dazs chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream with Lay's potato chips crumbled in. Salty-sweet perfection. Haagen Dazs should make it a real flavor!