Reading Before Writing

The best way to begin writing about food is to read. Essays, blogs, magazines, newspapers, cookbooks. As with all subjects, to read is to learn. Essays Essays are a great way to start reading about food. They’re short, and a good essay will leave you with something to think about. Who to read? M.F.K. (Mary Frances Kennedy) Fisher, who lived from 1908 to 1992, wrote twenty-seven books, including numerous collections of essays and reminiscences on […]

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How Did You Get Started as a Recipe Developer?

First I had to learn to cook. Of all my tasks as a newlywed, cooking the meals was my favorite. Making a bed and dusting yielded the same results every time. But cooking became a creative, exuberant way to express myself. Obsessively, I bought books, magazines, ingredients, products, utensils. I read everything, made everything, tried new restaurants. I gave weekly cooking classes, and had dinners several times a month. And I lived through the occasional […]

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Writing Contracts for Recipe Testing and Editing

It’s surprising to me how many professional recipe testers and editors do not have formal contracts for the work they do. Builders, doctors, real estate agents, and other service providers of all kinds require a written formal agreement before any work is undertaken, but recipe testers, developers, and editors are often hesitant to do so. As Robert Frost wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” A contract – more detailed than a letter of agreement – […]

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