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Andrews McMeel Publishing

Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (formerly Andrews, McMeel and Parker (1975–1986) and Andrews and McMeel (1986–1997)) is a company that publishes books, calendars, and related toys. It is a part of Andrews McMeel Universal (which comprises AMP, Universal Uclick, and Amuse).

Andrews McMeel Publishing
Parent companyAndrews McMeel Universal
Founded1975; 44 years ago (1975)
FounderJim Andrews and John McMeel
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationKansas City, Missouri
DistributionSimon & Schuster[1]
Key peopleJohn P. McMeel (Chairman)

Hugh T. Andrews (Owner)

Kirsty E. Melville (President and Publisher, Book Division)
Publication typesBooks, Calendars

Andrews McMeel is the general publisher of books of comic strips produced by Universal Press Syndicate including The Far Side, Calvin and Hobbes and FoxTrot. However, the company also produces book collections for some comic strips which are owned by other syndicates.


Founded in 1970 by Jim Andrews and John McMeel, AMU is renowned as the home of some of the most extraordinary and vibrant talents in American popular culture. AMU entered the book business with the 1973 acquisition of Sheed and Ward. The publishing arm began in 1975 as Andrews McMeel Publishing.[2] (The Sheed and Ward name and backlist were divested).[3] Over the years, AMP has published the work of a remarkable roster of talent, much of which has also been distributed to newspapers by Universal Uclick and online through GoComics.

Cookbook programEdit

AMP began its cookbook program in 2006 and has several James Beard Award and International Association of Culinary Professionals nominees and winners, including books by John Besh (My New Orleans, My Family Table), Barry Estabrook (Tomatoland), Judith Fertig (The Back in the Swing Cookbook), Kevin Gillespie (Fire In My Belly), Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer (Canal House Cooks Every Day), Hiroko Shimbo (Hiroko’s American Kitchen), Michelle Tam and Henry Fong (Nom Nom Paleo), Barbara Unell, among others.

Published worksEdit

Tomatoland was published in 2011. This book discusses the commercialization of the tomato and how it gave rise to the despairingly abysmal conditions of Florida’s tomato industry.


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  2. ^ "The History of Andrews McMeel Universal". Andrews McMeel Universal. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  3. ^ McMeel, John P. (1997-01-01). "A Voice from the Heartland - Alive and Well, Thank You". In Everette E. Dennis, Craig L. LaMay, Edward C. Pease (eds.) (eds.). Publishing Books. Transaction Publishers. pp. 41–47. ISBN 978-1-4128-3251-9.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)

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