Welcome to 2018! If you’re lucky you’ll have a quiet week ahead. There will be time to read these 15 must-read links. You’ll find terrific advice, arguments, stories, and round-ups relevant to food writing.
I’ve curated this list for food bloggers, writers, social media mavens — all of us obsessed with food and communicating about it. I’ve narrowed the links down to what gives us insight into our work.
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And now, on to these 15 must-read links:
- The Cookbooks That Cookbook Authors Give as Tips. Useful info here about what successful authors like and don’t like in a cookbook.
- The Pitch: How to get the attention of a senior editor at Smithsonian Magazine. General advice for freelancing success.
- The Best Food Writing of 2017. According to The Gannet. Keep yourself entertained and occupied, and try to figure out the techniques.
- How to Properly Disclose Sponsored Instagram Posts According to the FTC. Plain language and examples of how people are doing it right.
- Cookbook overload: How to maintain a keeper collection — plus some 2017 releases to add. Advice about how to deal with too many books.
- Story Telling With Food. Just gorgeous tutorial on food photography from Saffron Street blog.
- The One New Year’s Resolution Every Food Blogger Should Have. Advice from the founder of Food Bloggers of Canada.
- Why Does Every Online Recipe Begin With the Preface to a Personal Memoir? This complaint generated tons of comments, but to me, it’s “much ado about nothing.”
- David Lebovitz and Deb Perelman in Conversation. How lucky are we that we didn’t have to go to New York to see these two in action? They have such a good time together.
- Layers of Deceit: Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions? I’ve always wondered this too, and it makes me mad!
- Breaking The Bubble Of Food Writing: Cultivating Diverse Stories. We need more opportunities for writers of color, says Adrian Miller.
- Café du Monde and 230 Fifth Are the Most-Instagrammed Restaurants in the U.S. A chance to analyze what people photograph for Instagram.
- This Food Photographer Sees You Stealing Her Photographs. What she did about it.
- How to find the best Instagram course for you. Long-time blogger My Custard Pie breaks it down from her own experience.
- Some books aren’t meant to be sold. A fun piece on how hard it is to sell books.