Writing About Food and Drink

Eating is like a pass time for many North Americans. We pursue this activity with the same passion professional athletes devote to exercise. The difference is that it costs us lots of money to eat well and no one pays us to do it (usually). Meanwhile, our waistlines expand while soccer players and hockey stars stay fairly buff. Of course, there are fewer concussions in the kitchen.

Dianne Jacobs wrote a book called Will Write for Food. It’s about how writers can find work writing about food. I think I’ll buy a copy and keep it on my wine rack as a reminder to me that I really enjoy covering this topic.

The copy I got from the library has already been fairly devoured and I’ve only had it less then 24 hours.

Jacobs is a teacher. She holds classes that help writers get started and become successful in this diverse industry. Her book puts much of her wisdom into print. What I like about her is that she is really honest. She features interviews with some very prominent and successful reviewers, critics, cookbook writers and so on. Each one contributes to a well-rounded picture of what sounds like it should be an idyllic life. The contrary is sometimes true, especially if your goal is to sample worldwide cuisine which might make the average person want to vomit, not to mention the lack of hygiene which did cause some serious illness among writer/eaters.

Jacobs also points out that there are lots of angles worth considering. If you enjoy writing and reading fiction, create a mystery series situated in a bakery. Wine lovers might consider setting their stories in vineyards.

There are many ways to combine these two loves.

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