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"This is the book I tell everyone to read because this is the book that made me a published writer."
"I got an agent and I'm going to write a cookbook thanks to this book."
"I always wanted to be a food writer but I didn't know where to start and that's what this book did. This is the best book I ever read on food writing and I recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone."
About the Author
Internationally published restaurant critic and journalist, S.J. Sebellin-Ross has written for newspapers, magazines, and websites including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Star, Parenting, CNET, and The New York Times. She has reviewed James Beard award-winning restaurants, been translated into more than 37 languages, and has been invited to speak at events including The Association of Journalists and the BlogHer Food Conference.
A top-selling author, Sebellin-Ross (sebellin-ross.com) has written more than 10 books including Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood, the bestselling memoir of her time as a culinary school student, and How to Write about Food: How to Become a Published Restaurant Critic, Food Journalist, Cookbook Author, and Food Blogger, the must-read guide to breaking in and making money as a published food writer.
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I was debating what to say in this review but the only thing that counts is I GOT PUBLISHED! I borrowed a copy of this book from my sister last year and read it cover to cover. I followed all the tips, did what it said, and I GOT PUBLISHED! In case you can’t tell I am totally excited to see my name in print. I owe it to this book.
The best part of the book is the email addresses to the publications. I used them to pitch an article idea and you know how great that turned out (I’ll say it again that I GOT PUBLISHED). I don’t give anyone 5 stars because that would mean they were perfect and no one is, but this book is as close to that as it gets because I GOT PUBLISHED!
If you want to write about food then BUY THIS BOOK NOW. It is worth every penny.
Very useful insights and recommendations about how to write a good food review. Although a good meal can inspire you to write a good text, it is always better to use good research skills and put into words your feelings and impressions, for creating insightful reviews. It helped me a lot to improve my food writing, especially my restaurant and food reviews in general.
I purchased a copy of this for my morning culinary arts class because two students said they wanted to be food writers, one wants to be a restaurant critic like Ruth Reichl was and the other wants to write cookbooks. This is an excellent, excellent book. Its very practical with a lot of information they can use right now. For example, there is a whole chapter on publications they can write for which also has email addresses and telephone numbers so they can get published right away. I also liked the section on how to be a restaurant critic because it talked a lot about how to actually get the jobs and do the reviews, but the best part is the chapter on how to write about food. It also has a great list of food words.
The food blogger section gives practical information on how to get started and get visitors. It is not groundbreaking information but it is good solid information for anyone that hasn't had a blog before or who wants to get people to read their blog. My wife was an editor after college so I showed her the chapter on how to write a book proposal and she said the information was good inside information that should really help anyone who wants to get a book. She also liked the information on finding your voice and getting rid of writer's block.
I highly recommended to anyone who wants to break into food writing and write anything about food.