Earlier this week we spoke with Larry Smith of Six-Word Memoirs, a site devoted to the art of storytelling—in only six words. He just published The Best Advice in Six Words, the newest in a series of Six-Word Memoir books. Feeling inspired, we asked some of our editors to share their best cooking advice in six words or fewer. Here is some Food52 wisdom, shorter:
Smith told us about his mission to get people to write shorter by whittling down their ideas, stories, and advice down to six simple words. He shared some of his favorite 6-word snippets from the book and why they say so much while saying so little.
“Chances are, your editor is right.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
I love the sentiment from Elizabeth Gilbert, one of our time's most successful writers, that we always need an editor. I read her words as meaning an editor in writing, sure, but also in life. That editor could be your mom, best friend, partner, or your own conscience, but we all need help navigating life.
"There is always room to moonwalk."—Abby Sher
What does she mean by these words? It's hard to know, but something tells me that when I put these six words up on a blackboard during a school talk the kids will talk about how they interpret this advice for an hour. Is it about being a little silly? Stretching your boundaries? Or just invoking your inner MJ? Who knows? And I love it.
"Secret to happy marriage: separate bathrooms."—Mary McConnell
I've never experienced this situation... but a boy can dream.
When asked what he thought if the challenge were doubled to twelve words, he shot right back with six words of his own: