Photography & Styling

Recipe Writing Week Recap

June 30, 2012

We've learned a lot during our Recipe Writing Week here at FOOD52. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, kick back, and catch up on everything that happened. You'll be writing better recipes -- and taking better photographs -- in no time.

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• We announced the 10 Essential FOOD52 Cookbooks -- crowdsourced from all of you! -- and offered a printing of them in our Shop.

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• Food luminaries Ruth Reichl, JJ Goode, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Deb Perelman, Charlotte Druckman, Patricia Wells, and Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot of Ideas in Food shared their Recipe Writing Pearls of Wisdom.

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• We tested your knowledge on cookbooks, recipes, and the origins of oft-overused food phrases. (Now, with answers -- as promised!)

• We taught you how to write a headnote, and gave a few key FOOD52 examples. 

• We showed you how to style your food handsomely -- and to take better food photos.

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• Melissa Clark and Chris Cosentino rewrote a turn-of-the-century recipe for Batter Pudding -- in their own styles. Peter Meehan did, too. Kind of.

• We got chefs and food writers from around the country to tweet their favorite #6wordrecipe -- and threw in some of our own, too.

• We showed you how George Carlin changed recipe writing, and taught you why we don't use the word "preheat" on FOOD52.

• We explained what makes an original recipe, and reaffirmed our mission at FOOD52.

Now, go take your knowledge, and make FOOD52 an even better place!


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Brette Warshaw

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Alexandra H. July 1, 2012
Loved Recipe Writibg Week- thanks!!!
susan G. June 30, 2012
It was a good week!