Will Write for Food

Will Write for Food : The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More

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The success of Julie & Julia highlights the newest trend in food writing: blogging. Noted journalist and food-writing instructor Dianne Jacob has revised her award-winning book to include a chapter covering all the how-to's of food blogging as well as updated resources and new information on working in other wildly popular genres, namely cookbooks and food memoirs. Incredibly timely, this new edition of Will Write for Food is the must-have for every foodie who wants to put pen to page--or hands to keyboard.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 156 x 227 x 28mm | 458g
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0738214043
  • 9780738214047
  • 43,927

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"My only complaint about "Will Write for Food"--and it's a big one--is that it wasn't around when I started my career. If you're serious about becoming a food writer, save yourself years of banging your head against the wall in frustration and run to the checkout with this book now."--David Leite, food writer and publisher of "Leite's Culinaria" "Dianne Jacob anticipates and answers questions for food writers of every level of accomplishment. She is a patient tutor who knows her stuff... "Will Write for Food" strikes an exquisite balance between issuing cautionary warnings and encouraging the novice to take up her mouse and start typing. Jacob tells the beginner how to get started and reminds old pros of things they have forgotten or never knew."--Irena Chalmers, Culinary Institute of America, in "Gastronomica" "["Will Write for Food"] charms with its sequentially-layered explorations of its subject--and it's filled with simply-unadorned wholesome goodness. It's is the book I wish I had written, and one I will certainly use when teaching classes on food writing."--Gary Allen, "Food, Culture and Society" "Jacob's new book "Will Write for Food" takes a practical and all-encompassing look at the booming business of food writing...This veteran journalist and Bay Area-based food-writing instructor relies on decades of professional experience as a writer and editor to show what it takes to become a food writer, where to start, and what to do next... Whether your dreams involve writing a food-centric memoir, mystery novel or reference book, getting your foot in the door as a restaurant critic, cookbook author or recipe-developer, Jacob has all the bases covered."--Nancy Leson, "The Seattle Times" Epicurious.com, 8/3/10
"Should be mandatory reading for everyone who aspires to be a food writer. No matter the format, medium, or style, Jacob has it covered. . . . You'll find important and helpful advice for anyone interested in blogging, creating recipes, writing a food memoir, or shooting food porn. There are also "Writing Exercises" to help you hone your skills. . . . Probably the best part of the book is that she turns to seasoned and respected professionals for advice, names you'd recognize in a heartbeat: Michael Bauer, David Lebovitz, Judith Jones, Adam Roberts, Deborah Madison, and Dorie Greenspan--just to name a few. Yes, it can seem like the world of food writing is an overcrowded one and Jacob's upfront and honest account can be a little unnerving for the faint of heart: It's not as glamorous as it seems, timing and luck do play a part, and the money doesn't always follow. But if knowledge is key, Will Write for Food can help open the coveted door."



Bookviews, September 2010
"It is filled with good advice about the various genres of food writing. I have been a professional writer for decades so I can confirm that this is the real deal...It is an essential tool for every foodie hoping to put pen to page." Library Journal, October 2010
"A delicious guide to the world of food writing...An engaging, informative handbook for hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Worth purchasing even if you have the first edition."

Bibliobuffet.com, 9/27/10
"An excellent manual. It puts food writing into perspective and I rather suspect it will help raise the standards of the genre."

FamilyFriendlyFood.com, 10/17/10
"This is an amazing book--a must read to all aspiring food writers and bloggers...[A] very comprehensive guidebook to the world of food writing."

San Francisco Book Review, 11/9/10
"Part instructional, part inspirational manual, Will Write for Food gives writers--both novice and skilled--thorough information about how to get started on food blogging, restaurant reviewing, cookbook and recipe writing, nonfiction and fiction writing, as well as how to get published...A must-have writing reference made for anyone interested in food and words."

KitchenShamen.com, 12/3/10
"Simple and straight forward, Dianne Jacob's no nonsense approach makes it seem like any one of us can be food writers."

Portland Oregonian, 1/4/11 Epicurious.com, 8/3/10
Should be mandatory reading for everyone who aspires to be a food writer. No matter the format, medium, or style, Jacob has it covered. . . . You'll find important and helpful advice for anyone interested in blogging, creating recipes, writing a food memoir, or shooting food porn. There are also Writing Exercises to help you hone your skills. . . . Probably the best part of the book is that she turns to seasoned and respected professionals for advice, names you'd recognize in a heartbeat: Michael Bauer, David Lebovitz, Judith Jones, Adam Roberts, Deborah Madison, and Dorie Greenspanjust to name a few. Yes, it can seem like the world of food writing is an overcrowded one and Jacob's upfront and honest account can be a little unnerving for the faint of heart: It's not as glamorous as it seems, timing and luck do play a part, and the money doesn't always follow. But if knowledge is key, Will Write for Food can help open the coveted door.



Bookviews, September 2010
It is filled with good advice about the various genres of food writing. I have been a professional writer for decades so I can confirm that this is the real dealIt is an essential tool for every foodie hoping to put pen to page.

" Epicurious.com, 8/3/10
Should be mandatory reading for everyone who aspires to be a food writer. No matter the format, medium, or style, Jacob has it covered. . . . You'll find important and helpful advice for anyone interested in blogging, creating recipes, writing a food memoir, or shooting food porn. There are also Writing Exercises to help you hone your skills. . . . Probably the best part of the book is that she turns to seasoned and respected professionals for advice, names you d recognize in a heartbeat: Michael Bauer, David Lebovitz, Judith Jones, Adam Roberts, Deborah Madison, and Dorie Greenspanjust to name a few. Yes, it can seem like the world of food writing is an overcrowded one and Jacob s upfront and honest account can be a little unnerving for the faint of heart: It s not as glamorous as it seems, timing and luck do play a part, and the money doesn t always follow. But if knowledge is key, "Will Write for Food" can help open the coveted door.




"Bookviews," September 2010
It is filled with good advice about the various genres of food writing. I have been a professional writer for decades so I can confirm that this is the real dealIt is an essential tool for every foodie hoping to put pen to page.
"Library Journal," October 2010
A delicious guide to the world of food writingAn engaging, informative handbook for hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Worth purchasing even if you have the first edition.

Bibliobuffet.com, 9/27/10
An excellent manual. It puts food writing into perspective and I rather suspect it will help raise the standards of the genre.

FamilyFriendlyFood.com, 10/17/10
This is an amazing booka must read to all aspiring food writers and bloggers[A] very comprehensive guidebook to the world of food writing.

"San Francisco Book Review," 11/9/10
Part instructional, part inspirational manual, "Will Write for Food" gives writersboth novice and skilledthorough information about how to get started on food blogging, restaurant reviewing, cookbook and recipe writing, nonfiction and fiction writing, as well as how to get publishedA must-have writing reference made for anyone interested in food and words.

KitchenShamen.com, 12/3/10
Simple and straight forward, Dianne Jacob s no nonsense approach makes it seem like any one of us can be food writers.

"Portland"" Oregonian," 1/4/11
[Jacob s] pithy, candid observations and advice serves anyone who melds words and food.
"New Haven Register," 8/19/14
An essential tool for every foodie hoping to put pen to paper or hands to keyboard.


" Epicurious.com, 8/3/10
"Should be mandatory reading for everyone who aspires to be a food writer. No matter the format, medium, or style, Jacob has it covered. . . . You'll find important and helpful advice for anyone interested in blogging, creating recipes, writing a food memoir, or shooting food porn. There are also "Writing Exercises" to help you hone your skills. . . . Probably the best part of the book is that she turns to seasoned and respected professionals for advice, names you'd recognize in a heartbeat: Michael Bauer, David Lebovitz, Judith Jones, Adam Roberts, Deborah Madison, and Dorie Greenspan--just to name a few. Yes, it can seem like the world of food writing is an overcrowded one and Jacob's upfront and honest account can be a little unnerving for the faint of heart: It's not as glamorous as it seems, timing and luck do play a part, and the money doesn't always follow. But if knowledge is key, "Will Write for Food" can help open the coveted door."




"Bookviews," September 2010
"It is filled with good advice about the various genres of food writing. I have been a professional writer for decades so I can confirm that this is the real deal...It is an essential tool for every foodie hoping to put pen to page."
"Library Journal," October 2010
"A delicious guide to the world of food writing...An engaging, informative handbook for hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Worth purchasing even if you have the first edition."

Bibliobuffet.com, 9/27/10
"An excellent manual. It puts food writing into perspective and I rather suspect it will help raise the standards of the genre."

FamilyFriendlyFood.com, 10/17/10
"This is an amazing book--a must read to all aspiring food writers and bloggers...[A] very comprehensive guidebook to the world of food writing."

"San Francisco Book Review," 11/9/10
"Part instructional, part inspirational manual, "Will Write for Food" gives writers--both novice and skilled--thorough information about how to get started on food blogging, restaurant reviewing, cookbook and recipe writing, nonfiction and fiction writing, as well as how to get published...A must-have writing reference made for anyone interested in food and words."

KitchenShamen.com, 12/3/10
"Simple and straight forward, Dianne Jacob's no nonsense approach makes it seem like any one of us can be food writers."

"Portland"" Oregonian," 1/4/11
"[Jacob's] pithy, candid observations and advice serves anyone who melds words and food."
"New Haven Register," 8/19/14
"An essential tool for every foodie hoping to put pen to paper or hands to keyboard." Epicurious.com, 8/3/10
"Should be mandatory reading for everyone who aspires to be a food writer. No matter the format, medium, or style, Jacob has it covered. . . . You'll find important and helpful advice for anyone interested in blogging, creating recipes, writing a food memoir, or shooting food porn. There are also "Writing Exercises" to help you hone your skills. . . . Probably the best part of the book is that she turns to seasoned and respected professionals for advice, names you'd recognize in a heartbeat: Michael Bauer, David Lebovitz, Judith Jones, Adam Roberts, Deborah Madison, and Dorie Greenspan--just to name a few. Yes, it can seem like the world of food writing is an overcrowded one and Jacob's upfront and honest account can be a little unnerving for the faint of heart: It's not as glamorous as it seems, timing and luck do play a part, and the money doesn't always follow. But if knowledge is key, "Will Write for Food" can help open the coveted door."


"Bookviews", September 2010
"It is filled with good advice about the various genres of food writing. I have been a professional writer for decades so I can confirm that this is the real deal...It is an essential tool for every foodie hoping to put pen to page.""Library Journal", October 2010"A delicious guide to the world of food writing...An engaging, informative handbook for hobbyists and aspiring professionals. Worth purchasing even if you have the first edition."
Bibliobuffet.com, 9/27/10"An excellent manual. It puts food writing into perspective and I rather suspect it will help raise the standards of the genre." FamilyFriendlyFood.com, 10/17/10"This is an amazing book--a must read to all aspiring food writers and bloggers...[A] very comprehensive guidebook to the world of food writing." "San Francisco Book Review", 11/9/10
"Part instructional, part inspirational manual, "Will Write for Food" gives writers--both novice and skilled--thorough information about how to get started
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About Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob, a journalist and food-writing instructor, has been writing about food for twenty years. She is the coauthor of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas and lives in Oakland, California.
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