What’s With Passive Instruction in Recipes?

August 20, 2013

In every writing class or book about writing, it says: Avoid passive voice. (Passive voice is when you don’t identify the person or thing doing the action. It’s considered lazy and imprecise, everything that recipe writing is not.) I do my best to remove it when I edit. Yet I read dozens of published recipe […]

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6 Secrets to Selling Cookbooks at Events

August 13, 2013

A guest post by Joanne Weir I’ve been really lucky with book sales and people often say “Oh, I forgot that you always sell a lot of books.” I want you to know that it took me a while to get the hang of selling books, but I do have a few pointers that work […]

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4 Great Links for Food and Travel Writers

August 6, 2013

Three stories come from the New York Times, which seems to be suddenly catering to people like us as readers: 1. You will be fascinated by this piece on travel blogging. These guys are way ahead of

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Just Fine in the Middle

July 30, 2013

A freelance writer I’m working with is hesitating about starting a food blog. She thinks maybe it’s too late. There are so many food blogs now, she said. Maybe she could never catch up or get noticed. She compared herself to successful food bloggers who started long ago, and wondered if she should bother. I […]

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Why This Food Writer Wears Many Hats

July 23, 2013

A guest post by Virginia Willis A few years ago there was a great outcry when Food52’s Amanda Hesser wrote that she wouldn’t advise any one to become a food writer. At the time I disagreed, but now I find that she has a point. To be successful as a food writer, I wear many […]

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4 Books of Food Essays for Happy Summer Reading

July 16, 2013

Ah, the joys of summer. Aside from gorging on peaches and nectarines, you have some beach, lake or cabin time coming up, right? At the very least, there’ll be a plane ride or a few stolen hours in the sun where you can dig into a book. Yes, you’ll want to take your trashy novel, but […]

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