The process for culinary writing
Posted 15 November 2005 - 11:38 AM
Nancy Smith, aka "Smithy"
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"Every day should be filled with something delicious, because life is too short not to spoil yourself. " -- Ling (with permission)
"There comes a time in every project when you have to shoot the engineer and start production." -- author unknown
Posted 15 November 2005 - 03:23 PM
I start with facts, observations, tastes, stories I've heard, etc., then put it all together. But as important as the writing is, the recipes are primary. I know one cookbook author (whose name I will not reveal) who actually had the nerve to write me once that she was working hard on her commentary and considered her recipes unimportant!
To me the opposite is the case. The commentary serves to shed light on the recipe. The recipe is the heart, the commentary the embellishment.
What happens is that I'll gather and work up a series of recipes garnered from a trip, twenty or so, and then, when I'm satisfied, I'll review my notes and write the introductions.