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 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, for example Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine.
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. 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.
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.
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.