Dusoulier was a young Parisienne who spent a few years in the Silicon Valley as a software engineer before returning to Paris. She launched the English version of her award-winning [Read more…] about Why Blog in Two Languages? Chocolate & Zucchini Says it’s Worth It
The folks at Food Blogger Pro wondered what top food bloggers will focus on in the coming year, so they asked.
A free e-book for food bloggers
Now you can read these food bloggers’ Number 1 priority answers in this free downloadable ebook. You’ll see that many want to focus on quality content. (Answers like that always bring out the smart ass in me, as in “Wait, you’ve been creating [Read more…] about What Will Top Food Bloggers Focus On Next Year?
A little birdie emailed last week to say she was upset about a change in the James Beard Foundation’s Food Blog awards, which combined two food blog awards into one this year.
To understand the shift, here are the old categories from 2015:
Individual Food Blog: Recognizes individual enterprise and excellence in a single food-or drink-related blog that is the product of one or two primary voices. An entry consists of five links that best represent the quality of the work.
Group Food Blog: Recognizes group enterprise and excellence in an episodic, real-time food-or drink-related blog [Read more…] about Is Your Food Blog Good Enough for a Beard Award?
Do you have a niche food blog that targets certain readers, such as bakers, paleo eaters or local restaurant-goers? The challenge is how to find the right readers and fans, or how they discover you.
Halal food expert Yvonne Maffei knows who her readers are and how to attract them. She has over 1.1 million likes on Facebook. Establishing her blog, MyHalalKitchen.com, has led to brand ambassadorships and sponsorships from many companies in the halal industry.
We met when I spoke in her home town of Chicago years ago, and more recently I coached her on a cookbook proposal. Her forthcoming cookbook, My Halal Kitchen, comes out in 2016.
Yvonne has been featured in The New York Times, Cooking Light, CNN’s Eatocracy, [Read more…] about Niche Food Blogger Attracts 1 Million+ Fans on Facebook
My current career path took off with a phone call.
It was 2004, after I taught a food writing workshop at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. A student called to say she met my workshop supervisor at a party and had a conversation that went like this:
“I really enjoyed Dianne’s class on food writing,”she told my supervisor.
“Dianne does a great job,” answered the supervisor. “I wish she had a book, though, to improve her credibility.”
I can’t remember the name of this student, but I thank her often. That phone call changed [Read more…] about Do You Know Your Career Path as a Writer? I Didn’t
I can’t tell you how many times food bloggers and interviewers ask me “What can I do to make my blog stand out?”
My answer is always the same. The best food bloggers have a strong voice. But what, exactly, does that mean?
You might wonder, for example:
- How can I write about typical dishes and foods in a way that’s new?
- How can I distinguish myself from other food bloggers who write about my subject (such as paleo, gluten-free or baking)?
- How much personal information should I include in a post?
- What is the right amount of personal narrative before readers get to a recipe?
- Why should anyone care about my life?
- How do I get humor across?
Ever since journalist Elizabeth Minchilli started a blog, Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, in 2009, she’s been leading food tours, creating apps on where to eat in Italy, taking videos of chefs and cooks, and she rents out an apartment too. Minchilli has written six books, most recently Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City, a terrific part memoir, part guidebook and part cookbook.
I’m giving away a free copy of Eating Rome, Minchilli’s mouthwatering exploration of this ancient city. To enter this book giveaway, leave a comment below.
I interviewed Minchilli about her career, photography, and lifestyle:
Q. Your life in Rome seems so glamorous. You’re dining at fantastic restaurants, pressing olive oil and making pizza with masters. Is it really so stylish and all Sophia Loren?
A. Not Sophia Loren. I don’t think of it as glamour and style but [Read more…] about Love Italy? Enter My Book Giveaway: Eating Rome