I love finding super useful links about food writing. There is so much to learn and enjoy. Below you’ll find stories about people I admire, think pieces, and how-tos on amping up your skills.
Sometimes I put in a link that’s good for a laugh. If you’re going to click through this list, it might as well put a smile on your face. See Number 8.
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Now, dive into these super useful links on food writing, social media, trends and more:
- 10 free tools for creating infographics, images and more. Share presentations, interactive charts, quotes on images and get free fonts with this list of tools.
- Nigella Lawson: Home Cooking Can Be a Feminist Act. “Women’s work can be creative and pleasureful,” she says. We know!
- 10 Books About Food to Add to Your Home Library. “What it means to dine in the US today.”
- Kalyn’s Kitchen Turns 13 Years Old (and 13 Ways Food Blogging Has Changed!) One of the first US food bloggers reflects on what’s new.
- 25 Freelance Writing Resources to Get Paid More and Get More Work. They’re not about food writing, per se, but good info nonetheless.
- This Post About Breathless Online Food Writing Will Give You a Reason to Live. Food writers are into “ludicrous hyperbole,” the writer says.
- At 95, Mexican food expert Diana Kennedy is growing her own coffee and making her own tortillas. Just going about her daily life, with intention and style.
- Comfort Foods for Discomfiting Times. Funny writing from The New Yorker.
- The Best and Worst Colors for Photographing Food. About complementary and analogous colors, and which colors do best for which colors of food.
- The Evolution of Recipe Writing Style. A historical post about how recipe writing has changed.
- Even in the Kitchen, Women Can’t Win. Whether you’re making an egg in a custom-crafted egg spoon or drying out chicken skin with a cleverly repurposed hair dryer, society would like to point out that you’re using the wrong tools.
- Have iPhone, Will Cook: How Digital Cookbooks Are Finally Breaking Through. We’re finally using our phones and tablets for cooking.
- How to Build Your Online Author Community. A post from Random House on using social media, online events and email marketing.
- Amazing pressure cooker polenta coincidence? You decide! Wherein blogger Hip Pressure Cooking finds an eerily similar recipe in Bon Appetit, and comments fly on Twitter. (Then she wrote a blog post about it.)
- ckbk Is the Spotify-like Service for Discovering New Cookbooks. A new service offers a way to create playlists of your favorite recipes.
- Building a Strong and Healthy Brand with Michelle Tam from Nom Nom Paleo. This podcast from smartpassiveincome.com interviews Tam about how this mega food-blogger grew her business.
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On number 14… it sucks that this continues to happen. Bloggers (often one-woman-shows) can’t compete against large companies / publishers.
I think the same thing has happened to me, although I haven’t addressed it anywhere, because at the end of the day… I wonder what’s the point?
Here’s my recipe for mushroom cookies:
Here’s Tastemade’s version:
Their instructions seem simpler and they skip the filling part (probably to make the video shorter). I am not a native speaker so I tend to over-write some of my instructions, trying to explain everything. But their ingredients list is a direct copy, with the addition of salt, which is funny.
Do you think I’m overreacting? Personally I don’t think I am. But I’m also pretty sure Tastemade DGAF about small people like me, when their objective is to make $$$.
I don’t think there’s anything wrong in being inspired by someone or creating a recipe based on another… it all just comes down to giving credit / recognition to the original. I think that’s the biggest issue with the polenta recipe as well.
I think this happens to bloggers all the time. Re what is the point, that is a good question! The reason so many people were interested in Laura’s tweets and post is because she made a big deal about it.
Alisa Fleming says
Thanks Dianne, a couple of these are really helpful for me.
Hey Alisa! Thanks for commenting.
Lots of great info Dianne. Thank you. The biggest surprise? Diana Kennedy!! I’ve several of her cookbooks
Thank you, Rita! Isn’t she amazing? Quite an inspiring story about how to be vital in the Third Age, as some call it.