Hey there, do you have time to research stories and posts about what’s happening in our industry? I thought not. But I do. And people send me terrific articles and posts too, which makes me happy. That’s why I like to make lists like these.
I’ve thrown in a few silly things just for fun. Because let’s not take ourselves too seriously, okay?
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Now, on to the 25 links I have curated on your behalf:
- A Day at Kitchen Arts & Letters. It’s fascinating to learn which books people want at this legendary New York cookbook store.
- Bonnier Publishing Plans $100 Million U.S. Book Division. A new big publisher plans to produce 175 books per year, including cookbooks.
- BuzzFeed accused of ‘idea theft’ by known food writer. That food writer would be Kenji Alt-Lopez of Serious Eats.
- Brunch now has its own vertical. A new website from Time Inc. focuses on morning foods.
- Cured is a new food magazine. Darra Goldstein, formerly of Gastronomica, launches this new magazine on fermentation.
- ‘Bespoke Water’ Video Pokes Fun At Earnest Artisanal Food Makers. This is almost painful in its accuracy. You will laugh uncomfortably.
- BAKESPACE Hits the Sweet Spot with Social Cookbooks. Have you heard of Bakespace and Babette Pepaj? She’s built a slightly different business around recipes, and she’s won a ton of awards for it.
- Your Food Policy Guide to the 2016 Election. Clinton or Trump when it comes to food issues?
- Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year. The more you throw at the wall, the more will stick. This is the secret to getting your freelance work published.
- How Sound Can Make Food Taste Better. Writing about sound, instead of just taste, can make your writing better too.
- And here’s more about taste: Adding Taste to Food Writing.
- How to Crop Your Food Photo. Awesome before and after photos.
- Terms Food Writers Probably Shouldn’t Use. Mouthgasm? Yuck.
- This Guy Got an Entire Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies Tattooed on His Leg. No room for a headnote or method, but there it is.
- 12 Most Creative Strategies to Craft an Effective Blog Post. Good advice on structuring, proofing and sharing on social media.
- David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness. My favorite part is when he said the amount of salt is critical.
- So when writing recipes, please don’t say to “salt to taste.” Salt is the most important ingredient in your recipe.
- How it feels when white people shame your culture’s food — then make it trendy. So many great points in this story, which is part of a continuing discussion about cultural appropriation of food.
- How to Get More Instagram Followers: The Ultimate Guide. Trying to bump up your traffic? Read this exhaustive guide.
- The Best Food-Themed Sneakers, Ranked. Yes, apparently you can custom order these shoes, covered in pizza and other delights.
- Slightly More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism. Pick a few of these pieces to learn what attracts editors.
- Facebook Branded Content: What Marketers Need to Know. If you’re a food blogger who puts your sponsored posts on Facebook, now you need to be verified.
- Pete Wells Has His Knives Out. A brilliant piece on what it’s like to be the most influential fine dining critic in the US.
- The Resurgence of the Slow Blogging Movement. Early food blogger Kristen Doyle caused a sensation with this post, which resonated for many bloggers.
- How Simple Green Smoothies Used “Challenges” to Grow from 0 to 200k Subscribers in a Year. If you’re trying to build your list, listen to this podcast.
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