More than just a recipe
Welcome to the very first edition of Elle's Kitchen Newsletters. I'm so glad you could join me.
Food-themed writing makes up a huge part of the publishing world (just think of how many cookbooks are out there!), and it's pretty big on Writing.com also. If you search for items in the Food/Cooking genre, you'll find more than 2,000 items. However, there's more to writing about food than just a recipe with ingredients and a method.
Perhaps it's the writer in me, or perhaps it's the family historian, but for me a big part of any recipe is the story that comes with it. I want the background, the history, the meaning behind the recipe. But I have discovered that there are other ways to write about food too.
Some people write about food educationally. One blog I love to follow teaches the science behind baking - how does baking powder work? Why do some cake recipes use eggs and others don't? It's fascinating, and quite a different type of food writing to the type I do.
Have you ever read a poem about food? About a meal? About cooking? Those are out there too.
Some writing is pure fiction, yet takes place in a kitchen or restaurant and food is a major theme of the plot. Think about the movie 'Ratatouille' - a fictional children's story but with an undeniable food theme.
I'd like to explore all the joys of food-themed writing with you, one week at a time. Each week there will be a featured item, a piece of food-themed writing that is more than just a recipe. But don't fret, there will also be a featured recipe each week. Occasionally there might even be food-themed activities here on Writing.com to share.
If you would like to suggest an item for inclusion in a future newsletter, a topic for me to investigate and discuss, or if you'd like to be a guest editor for an edition, please let me know here: "Elle's Kitchen Newsletter Suggestions" .
When I read this, I couldn't help but laugh and cringe. The writing style is delightful and puts you right in the room.
Excerpt: She was going to make food that would not only nourish them, but fascinate them so much it would be a talking point in itself. She spent two weekends in a row as a recluse, with every cookery book we owned, and was distracted and noncommital when spoken to.
Eventually she called me into the kitchen. "I've decided."
The weather is still cool in the Northern Hemisphere as spring is slow to arrive, and here in the Southern Hemisphere the weather is cooling quickly. These apple dumplings sound perfect for everyone right now!
AJ wants U 2 meet The CanMan! wants to know what you feel like eating right now. Steak? Pizza? Maybe apple dumplings or salmon mousse! An easy, one question, multiple choice poll.
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