Four Seasons of Gourmet Entertaining, Patricia Gambarelli

Four Seasons of Gourmet Entertaining, Patricia Gambarelli

Find Your Writing Niche: Recipes and Cookbooks

Most newspapers have a Food section highlighting local produce, festivals and fairs with their food specialties, such as North Carolina’s Oyster Festival, the Blueberry Festival in Burgaw, N.C. and the Blue Crab Festival in Little River, S.C.

If cooking and clipping recipes are your thing, consider contacting a magazine or newspaper with your “special” recipe. “Taste of Home” is one of the many magazines that asks for reader contributions. Keep in mind that the recipes have to be “your own,” not copied from a cookbook or adjusted with a few minor changes.

Another outlet for getting your recipes in print is contributing to fundraiser cookbooks. I have a dozen “best recipes” cookbooks from schools, churches, civic and other organizations and have my recipes in a half dozen of them.

It’s not easy compiling a recipe:

  • Ingredients must be accurate
  • Amounts have to be included
  • Step-by-step is crucial

These Web sites help:

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-write-a-recipe-58522

http://lifeyourway.net/how-to-write-your-own-recipe/

When it comes to compiling your own cookbook, you have to be quite expert. Check out Patricia Gambarelli. Studying her cookbooks helps see how recipes should be written. She wrote “Pasta for Men Only” and followed it with “The Four Seasons of Gourmet Entertaining.” Her Web site is http://patriciagambarelli.com.

More information is at:

http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2007/07/writing-your-ow/

http://www.gourmania.com/articles/writeckbk.htm

And keep in mind:

http://diannej.com/2010/adjusting-a-recipe-doesnt-make-it-yours/

Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I’ve been a professional freelance writer for several years and specialize in writing feature stories. I have more than a 1,000 bylines to my credit and have written on countless topics from autism to zoology. My columns on fashion and the Internet appeared in a Chicago area newspaper in the 90s. “Brunswick Buzz,” the column in The Sun News, the Myrtle Beach, S.C. daily, ran for seven years then “Events on the North Strand” took over in October 2013, also in The Sun News.

  1. Ritik says:

    thank you!@Lauren: Totally agree. I’ve given up on produce from you-know-where, not only beacsue of distance but also lack of flavor.@Paul: Many thanks! You have a gorgeous website which I’m very much looking forward to keeping up with.@Nicole: Thank you! I am the same with cauliflower. The funny thing is that I thought I didn’t like it until a couple years ago. Now I can’t get enough.@Jennie: Oh, thank you! Glad to hear it.And to all: My intent here is really to make it a conversation. There are so many great recipes out there, and so much to do with produce that I probably don’t know about! Looking forward to seeing this develop and unfold.

  2. Lillian Voigt says:

    Love the article!

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