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November 06, 2012
Group owner Richard Martine

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Cooking, Food & Wine

By: Richard Martine   Post Date : November 06, 2012
Food is a major part of our lives, and for some people food paired with wine is a major part of their lives. If you have knowledge in either or both areas, writing a book can help you share your expertise with a large audience.

First decide what type of cookbook you want to write. You can focus on regional food like southern cooking or compile a cookbook devoted to a single type of food like chowder. As special diets are becoming mainstream you may have a niche in writing a gluten- or dairy-free cookbook. Go to a bookstore and investigate what is available. In doing this you may find a niche that needs filling.

Assemble your recipes and your test cooks and your tasters and put them to work. It is important that your recipes be tested and tried or your first cookbook may be your last. The recipe someone sent you may have an ingredient missing that is vital to the success of the recipe. As you write your recipes, be very specific about ingredients, measurements, cooking times, and whether ingredients can be substituted. Be specific about the type of cookware to use. Some recipes cook better in a glass baking dish than a metal one. You want your reader to succeed in making your recipe so give her as much information as possible to help her. Highlight your signature recipes with photographs. Photographs accent a cookbook and give it visual appeal

Writing about wine requires a bit more knowledge than writing about food. The world of wine has its own language and you must be familiar with terms like body, bouquet, and finish to adequately describe the wines you write about. The pace of wine writing is very staccato and fragmented; one needn't worry about grammatically complete sentences since what is written about wine consists mainly of adjectives. There is a plethora of wine reviews online and in print that demonstrate how to effectively write about wine.

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