Meet Voracious

Meet Voracious

At Voracious we have a book for every appetite. 

Our mission is to connect readers with their passions by publishing beautiful, substantial books across a wide range of subjects. Our list of books spans across genres such as food and drink, photography, humor, pop culture, self-improvement, and more.

Most of our books are visually driven, and all of them are designed to make readers pick them up and immediately engage with them. Our books have gone on to win James Beard Awards, IACP Awards, become instant New York Times bestsellers, and more. 

We first launched in Fall 2019 and now are a destination for authors with high-quality visual projects, carrying on Little, Brown & Company’s tradition of beloved, conversation-starting, award-winning illustrated books. Hungry for more?

Michael Szczerban

VP, Publisher

I oversee the Voracious and Spark imprints at Little, Brown, which publish books that make life better. As an editor, my interests are driven by appetite and curiosity, and I love helping authors connect readers to their passions.

I have published numerous bestsellers and established several million-copy series that include Pete Souza’s photo books (Obama: An Intimate Portrait and others), cookbook programs from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street and Jeffrey Eisner, and Sarah Knight’s No F*cks Given Guides. Other projects include Wally Koval’s Accidentally Wes Anderson, Zach Klein’s Cabin Porn, and our half-century-old Ansel Adams program. My authors include Pamela AndersonBryan FordSam Heughan, the estate of Johnny CashVivian HowardMarcus SamuelssonDaniel Humm/Eleven Madison Park, Brad Leone, and Ayesha Curry. My books have won the Thurber Prize for American Humor and been finalists for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year and the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Previously, I worked at Simon & Schuster, where I acquired Samin Nosrat’s mega-bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and helped develop the TED Books line. I then helped launch the Regan Arts imprint at Phaidon, and joined Little, Brown in 2014. We launched Voracious in 2019, and I was named publisher of Spark and Voracious in 2024.

I am a recipient of the Lawrence Peel Ashmead Editorial Award and a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, and have written about our business for Poets & Writers. You can follow me on Instagram @foreverbeard.

Jessica Chun

Senior Director of Marketing

I am the marketing lead for Little, Brown Spark and Voracious and have spent most of my publishing career focusing on nonfiction books the inspire readers. I joined Spark in 2018 and Voracious in 2021. Previously, I worked at various imprints across Penguin Random House, including Dutton, Gotham Books, Avery, and Dorling Kindersley. At Voracious I have the pleasure of working with some really amazing authors such as Christopher Kimball, Pete Souza, Brad Leone, Leah Thomas, Stacey Mei Yan Fong, Jeff Guenther (@therapyjeff), the Johnny Cash estate, and many more.

Katherine Akey

Senior Marketing Manager

I joined Voracious and Little, Brown Spark in 2021, with focus in marketing nonfiction books that inform and feed readers’ passions. At Voracious, I’ve worked with incredible authors including Sam Heughan, Jeffrey Eisner, Zoe Adjonyoh, and Dan Richer. Previously, I marketed ELT books at Oxford University Press, and medical books at Thieme Medical Publishers. I have a master’s degree in Literature from the University of Colorado, and BAs in English and French.

Gianella Rojas

Marketing Assistant

I joined Little, Brown as the Marketing Assistant in 2022, working across imprints with Voracious, Little, Brown Spark, and Mulholland Books. I’m passionate about sharing books that offer new and thoughtful insight into the world around us, and love finding homes for each book in its different audiences. At Little, Brown, I’ve had the honor of working with wonderful authors such as Marcela Valladolid, Kerri Maniscalco, and Claire Goodchild. A graduate of Macalester College, I earned a BA in Education and English.

Juliana Horbachevsky

Director of Publicity

I am the publicity lead for Voracious and Little, Brown Spark, focusing on the cooking, lifestyle, health/wellness, science, and psychology/self-help categories. I’ve spearheaded publicity campaigns for bestselling authors including Nicholas Christakis, Bobby Flay, Josh Axe, Mark Hyman, David Perlmutter, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. At Little, Brown, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside authors such as Christopher Kimball, Maida Heatter, Isaac Toups, Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, and David Tamarkin. Previously, I worked in publicity at Penguin Random House, Abrams, and Simon & Schuster. A graduate of Loyola University Maryland, I earned my BA with majors in Writing and Marketing.

Lauren Ortiz

Publicity Manager

I joined Little, Brown in 2020 as an associate publicist with our Little, Brown Spark and Voracious. Now, as a publicity manager with the imprints, I spearhead campaigns for our lifestyle, cooking, health and wellness, business,  science, and psychology titles. Prior to joining Little, Brown, I worked at NBCUniversal as a Page in NBCU’s Page Program and later as a publicity coordinator with NBC Entertainment, where I assisted in publicity campaigns for late night- and prime-time television shows including Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

In my time at Little, Brown, I’ve had the opportunity to work with celebrities, influencers, and impactful thought-leaders from every corner of the world. Highlights include Sam Heughan, Leah Thomas, Arlan Hamilton, Hannah Ritchie, Marcela Valladolid, Christopher Kimball, and many more. In addition to my love of publicity, I am passionate about the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at HBG, as such, I serve as the co-lead of the Employees of Color ERG and on HBG’s DE&I Advisory Board.  A graduate of Rutgers Business School – New Brunswick, I earned my BS in Business Marketing. In my free time I love exploring and walking new neighborhoods, paint by the numbers, and traveling. 

Aayushi Agarwal

Publicity Assistant

I joined Little, Brown as a publicity assistant in 2023, after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a BA in English and Psychology. I mainly work as part of the Little, Brown Spark and Voracious imprints, focusing on lifestyle, cooking, health and wellness, science, and psychology. Previously, I have interned at Beacon Press and Barefoot Books.