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Food Writing for a Living

Updated on February 10, 2014

There are some personalities which fit better than others for this genre or style of writing

The best personality fit

Individuals who do well in this area do not necessarily need to love every type of food. It does help the cause, but this is not the only benefit. Personalities open to new things, willing to explore outside of their comfort zone in many cases and are adept at descriptive creative writing are wonderful for the job.

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There are lots of online resources for food writing courses.

Make the first contact

Lots of writing gigs come through soliciting publications or websites in the niche. There are more than a few which advertise for staff writers. The majority are connected with freelance workers via solicitation efforts. It is okay to make the first contact to gain a writing job in the food industry.

Offering your services and presenting a brilliant resume of work is capable of getting your foot into the door of lots of companies. Make certain your interests are aligned with their needs for a great fit. This means if they are a vegan publication, a resume with examples of articles published related to this same field is likely to interest an editor result in a call or email back.

Online food writing courses

There are online courses to instruct writers in this particular category of subject matter. Some are free of charge while others do have a cost. This varies and scouting the web for info is typically the best course of action.

Looking into a variety of different ones to compare not only the cost, but what they are offering you and if it is beneficial for the time or money invested.

The best of these online resources offer instruction on crafting content attractive to editors in the biz as well as other inspiring sources helpful in the pursuit of the profession. They develop a writer’s skills for building culinary articles which make money.

All sorts of foodstuffs are presented to food writers. Be prepared to try new and exciting things.
All sorts of foodstuffs are presented to food writers. Be prepared to try new and exciting things. | Source

Food from the country of India is extremely popular in America

Amazon has a taste of China cuisine for the curious. Reading other food writers articles and books is a great source for honing your skills

Best advice for coming into the culinary arena of writing


One of the most successful food writers in the biz answered this question. She admitted starting out as a freelancer without any skills or experience in culinary writing. Her advice was brief and to the point.

  • Not only is it necessary to see food, it must be smelled, tasted and felt. It is all about the senses and conveying those feelings and thoughts in detail to others through words.

  • Become a stronger writer by reading other food authors articles, blogs and books. There are more than a few famous in the area. Writers like Ruth Reichl, Susan Orlean and Amanda Hesser to name only a couple.

  • Stay motivated and have fun. There is always rejection in any genre. This area is no exception when it comes to editors and others saying no. Do not let this deter you if truly interested. Stay the course.


Writing a cookbook is only a small piece of food writing. There is so much more to explore.

eGforums

This website is wonderful and a dedicated forum for culinary art writers. It is a nonprofit organization where lots of novices begin a career crafting content in this area. Posts about food are regularly submitted and published.

There are several levels of membership starting out with free of charge. All are contingent on being accepted to the platform. The free membership gives storage for images, messages and the ability to participate in forum discussions.

A $50 or $100 membership is also offered. Both of these are identical to the free services with the exception of increased storage space for images and messages. There is one membership of $250 which is basically a donation to the site and identical to the $100 affiliation.

One of the best attributes of eGforums is the site is advertisement free. This possibly accounts for the member fees of $50 or $100 or $250.

Writing categories include food discussions of all sorts and nationalities like Indian, Italian, and German along with lots of others. Additionally, cookbooks and recipes are associated with the site.


In conclusion


Food is a commodity everyone needs. It is found on every continent and in every ocean. The subject matter in this category or niche is virtually endless. Becoming a culinary writer is similar to other writing cores. It takes hard work and determination for success.


Freelance writing is a tough business to break into, but for everyone who succeeds they love it. If you have the personality to connect with this kind of work, do your best to make it happen. Working with online courses, eBooks on the subject and even entering contest for online essays have helped the best in the business. Follow some of these methods to lessen the stumbling blocks in your way.


A number of writers are fortunate enough to travel to write their articles. Going to foreign lands to taste their cuisine sounds exciting.
A number of writers are fortunate enough to travel to write their articles. Going to foreign lands to taste their cuisine sounds exciting.
Magazines still hire freelancers to add to their staff writing resources. Articles are published in their paper or electronic versions.
Magazines still hire freelancers to add to their staff writing resources. Articles are published in their paper or electronic versions.
Unfortunately if you have allergies to a number of foods, a problem exists. Will this hinder your writing skills?
Unfortunately if you have allergies to a number of foods, a problem exists. Will this hinder your writing skills?
Eating a lot of high calorie and fatty content foods is detrimental to your health. Is this a consideration a writer makes before indulging in the area of writing food content?
Eating a lot of high calorie and fatty content foods is detrimental to your health. Is this a consideration a writer makes before indulging in the area of writing food content?

American food is not as popular as most other countries, but we do have some WOW foods to sink your teeth into. Find out more about Eating in America

How do you write about something you did not like?

Food tells you so much about a culture, place and people. Whether you are actually eating or visiting a country or simply curious about another land, find out about the food.

Writing about food takes a special type of person. The ability to be proficient in conveying all of your senses in a detailed article or piece of content is more than daunting. Everything is for someone else to understand and experience exactly what you came into contact with, ate or savored is what the goal is.

How do you write about something you found distasteful? Is this communicated to a reader. Not everyone has the same taste. What you did not like they very well could.

Health and well being

Is it healthy to eat and drink all of these different foods? The question of health is one not answered when it comes to writing about food.

How do you deal with maintaining a healthy weight? What if you have health concerns like diabetes or alcoholism? Will these influence your subject matter or material in any way?

A writer could write about the effect of food on well being and health, but most choose to create material on the other end of things. How good it looked, smelled and tasted.


Food from other countries interest people in America. What are some dishes found in Sydney Australia native to the country, but not here in America.
Food from other countries interest people in America. What are some dishes found in Sydney Australia native to the country, but not here in America. | Source

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      Tammy 

      4 years ago from USA

      I had never heard of being a food writer until reading you hub. Interesting...I think this would be a fun challenge.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is interesting. Voted up.

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