I bet you try as best you can to keep up with all the useful and thought-provoking Internet links for food writers and bloggers. But sometimes you get busy or tired and you miss some terrific stuff.
No problem. I collect the best ones and send them out to readers free, on the first and 15th of the month. You’ll get links to reviews of the latest cookbooks (lots right now because it’s gift season); articles about cooking, eating and trends; thoughtful pieces about our industry and heroes; tips on writing and social media; a few controversial opinions; and lots more.
Sound good? I thought so.
Here’s a sample of juicy links for food writers and bloggers from recent food writing newsletters:
- OFM Awards 2019: Lifetime achievement – Claudia Roden. Roden started writing about Middle Eastern Food in the 60s, and Yotam Ottolenghi is her fan.
- Irish Butter Kerrygold Has Conquered America’s Kitchens. Kind of a puff piece, but worth reading because it’s now America’s second-best selling butter.
- How America Lost Dinner. “Women now devote a little more than half the average time per day to cooking compared with 1965.” And more adults live with roommates and eat alone.
- Hey, Look! Nonna and Her Pasta Are on YouTube. Italy’s grandmas are video stars. (Possible NYT paywall.)
- 12 Women Who Are Changing the Food World. And quite a few food writers made it onto this list.
- Relentless research, fevered rewrites, endless edits ~ plus a coat and tie. Notes on the editing process of Robert Caro. Not about food but about brilliant edits, writing and observations.
- A Letter to Sheila Lukins, a Matriarch of American Home Cooking. It’s a love letter to a famous American cookbook author. (Possible New Yorker paywall.)
- The Best Cookbooks For New Home Cooks, According To 8 Professional Chefs. Some surprises, some to be expected.
- A Spice Company Spent $92,000 on Pro-Impeachment Facebook Ads in a Week. Penzeys Spices has opinions. (Possible NYT paywall.)
- It’s Fall Cookbook Time! Publishers are swinging for the fences. Publishers offered Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore in New York more than 600 books for the fall season.
- Watch the late Molly O’Neill in action, interviewing people for her book, One Big Table. Following the movie clip there’s a discussion about her by those who knew her.
- Our Favorite Fall Cookbooks. Yes, another list, this time from Garden & Gun.
- And then there’s this one from the UK: From big names to bakeries: Diana Henry picks the 20 best cookbooks to buy this autumn.
- How To Create a Food Video without much experience. A free training from the Food Video Academy.
- Physical books still outsell e-books — and here’s why. Apparently the reason why is quite shallow, and we are all guilty.
- Ina Garten’s ‘Posole” with Yellow Peppers and Sour Cream is a Monstrosity Against Mexico’s 500-year old dish. Says the author, “Adding black beans and lime juice to things do not automatically make it ‘Mexican.’”
- Maybe the Secret to Writing is Not Writing? Fallow periods can be just what writers need, says the author.
- What It’s Really Like to Eat Your Way Around the Globe. (Possible paywall.) Two weeks and six continents later, Besha Rodell got the story.
- 67 Best Food Books of All Time. I don’t really know who these people are, but I can’t resist a “best of” list.
- Tuna Noodle Casserole: It Only Sounds Disgusting. Here’s how to write a recipe and stand out from the crowd.
- Things Chefs Do That You Should Not Do. Why chefs need a collaborator when writing recipes, by one who has been there.
- The Saddest Leafy Green. Seems like the kale craze is over.
- Food52, the recipes + cookware site founded by a former New York Times food columnist, is gobbled up. Not exactly. That’s a bit of a hyperbolic headline. A media investment and production company bought a majority stake for $83 million. The co-founders will stay on. Pretty sweet, though, right?
- To David Chang, the ‘ethnic’ food aisle is racist. Others say it’s convenient.(Possible paywall.) It’s gotta go, he says. Others disagree.
- Online, no one knows you’re poor. Former food blogger Shauna James Ahern (formerly Gluten-Free Girl) shares what she did not feel she could say online.
So much good stuff here. How can you resist? Right. You can’t. Head over to my newsletter sign-up page, which features testimonials from some of the biggest names in our business, and sign up. As a thank you, I’ll send you my rant on “The 15 Biggest Errors to Avoid When Writing Recipes.”