We know that our members share our fondness for food writing -
after all, many of us love to read cookbooks as much as cook from
them. So we thought these two articles from Dianne Jacob's blog, Will Write for Food, would be
fun to point out.
In the first article, Dianne challenges her readers to "Go On a Quest: Write a
Food Memoir." First, she distinguishes between a biography
and a memoir: "Memoir is about your ability to tell a story
well. As these examples show, it's not about your whole life.
That's an autobiography, much harder to get published unless you're
famous. Autobiographies tend to be big messy stories that
need lots of focusing and shaping, because they cover
Then she proceeds to describe a writing approach that will
take about a year: "The trick is to come up with an
intriguing adventure and tell a concise tale with a plot. Memoirs
are considered narrative non-fiction, so these books have tension
and a story arc that propels readers forward. It would also help if
you were transformed by the journey, write with introspection,
research your subject well, and oh yes - you write with humor and
She gives a writing challenge -- and is willing to
comment on your responses. So we're challenging our members to take
the plunge: What's to lose?
The second article is an interview from one of our favorite
authors, Peter Reinhart, who just published, "The Joy of
Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking." If you've ever attempted to bake
bread, you will certainly have heard of him. His 8 cookbooks (check them out here) cover
all aspects of bread and other types of baking, including no-knead,
pizza, and now gluten-free. In this
interview "he talks about the
value of sticking with the same publisher, learning a new subject,
and why you need a thick skin to grow as a writer." The interview
is quite interesting as he discussed learning about gluten-free
grains and sugar-free substitutes. We especially liked his
"The first advice I give them is, "Are they doing a blog?" What
better way for getting practice, getting the word out, getting
feedback? And if you're really a writer, you've got an opportunity
to get practice so you can develop your own voice.
"Food blogging is a tremendous resource for the next generation
of writers. Not everybody's looking at is a career. Sometimes they
want to share their ideas and thoughts and talk about their family.
Sometimes you hit that magic button that people respond to. Don't
write the blog because you think you're going to be the next Julia
Child or Pioneer Woman. You just do it. And if you've got the
talent, people will see that.
Write as much as possible. Don't get discouraged, be flexible
and don't burn bridges. You never know when you're going to need to
rekindle a relationship with people. You have to have thick skin in
order to grow."