This book is a handbook about the nuts and bolts of being a professional food writer, written for everyone who aspires to be a food writer.
This book sparked my interest because I am interested in both “food writing” and food blogging.
The title…Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More is appropriate for the book because the book offers excellent advice on how to come up with ideas, develop and test and write recipes, take terrific photos, and get your work published.
This theme is carried out throughout the book as evident by the chapters listed here…
- Chapter 1: What, Exactly, Is Food Writing?
- Chapter 2: The Gastronomical You
- Chapter 3: The Food Writer’s Mise en Place
- Chapter 4: On Food and Blogging
- Chapter 5: Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer
- Chapter 6: Dining Out
- Chapter 7: The Cookbook You’ve Always Wanted to Write
- Chapter 8: Mastering the Art of Recipe Writing
- Chapter 9: Crafting Memoir and Nonfiction
- Chapter 10: A Recipe for Good Fiction
- Chapter 11: How to Get Your Book Published
- Chapter 12: Bringing Home the Bacon
The author of the book is Dianne Jacob…who has also written, coauthor of Grilled Pizzas & Piandinas and The United States of Pizza, and the writer of The Good Pantry. She judges for both the James Beard Foundation annual cookbook awards and the IACP annual cookbook awards.
She also started Will Write for Food, a blog on food writing, in 2009, aimed at food bloggers, food writers, and cookbook authors.
The book features strategic advice and “break into the business” stories from award-winning writers like cookbook author Mark Bittman, food blogger Shauna James Ahern, and former Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons.
I am working on putting together a “cookbook” of family recipes that will hopefully be passed down through generations. my mother-in-law began compiling these recipes into a handwritten journal before she died twenty years ago. I hope to finish this project before any one of my three college-aged daughters gets married.
Resources in this book that I found especially helpful as a blogger were advice on how personal to be, how often to post, what kind of voice to adop, associations for food writers, writing workshops for foodies, and conferences for food writers.
This book is an essential tool for food-obsessed people who want to express themselves.
Even The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, says that she wishes that she had read this book before she started a “tiny little food blog” on a whim a few years ago.
The book includes many practical ways to make your photo shoots look more professional, a list of powerful action verbs that will bring your recipes to life, writing stories that will help grab a reader’s attention, and creating a mood or setting a scene in a fiction book through the use of recipes.