A brainy freelance writer, high-end cookbook collaborator, and three-time James Beard journalism award nominee, Carolynn Carreño blogs atCarolynn Carreno.wordpress.com and the Huffington Post. I tracked her down for this frank and wide-ranging interview about food writing and her own path to success:
Q. You come across in your bio and writing as a totally food obsessed person. Did your writing come from that obsession?
A. Definitely. I had no intention of being a food writer. I started before blogs, and being a food writer was for stuffy old men who worked for Gourmet. I couldn’t relate to a lot of food writing because I thought it was for people who travelled and stayed at fancy hotels.
I was writing mostly for Seventeen magazine, lots of personal essays. Food started to make its way into my stories, through my family. Then I pitched a story about my dad, who had a restaurant, to Colman Andrews at Saveur. He got back to me 13 months later. He said he was interested in