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A Reason to Write About Food

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Sunday Dinners


Close your eyes and remember the best meal you've ever tasted. Or reminisce about your great-grandmother's secret family recipe that was passed down three generations. Both of these memories surely hide a story behind their mouth-watering flavors and ingredients. And coming from a writer's point of view, sharing a good story with future generations seems necessary. But writer or not, everyone has a memory surrounding cooking. Maybe you keep a family recipe card in your kitchen, or post a story online about your newest meal -- both are ways to share the importance of these meals with future generations.

Michael Ruhlman recently asked the question "Is Food Writing Important?", and he brings up some good points. With challenging food crises and environmental concerns, where does a food writer find his or her justification for comparing crème fraîche to whipped cream? As Michael puts it, "If we do not cook our food, or stay close to people who do, life is unsustainable...This I think I was meant to do. To connect food with what I believe is fundamental to our lives and our happiness, to our humanity, and to do so through story." We couldn't agree any more.

Is Food Writing Important? from The Huffington Post