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Advice for aspiring food writers?

vonwotan | Dec 21, 2007 08:25 AM

Besides sharing a passion for food, cooking and exploring new restaurants within my family we have often discussed food writing and my aspirations to write a regional cookbook. The last book I found that was published, in English, specific to our region came out in 1978. I think I have found three others in Italian and one in German that cover the cuisine of the Trentino-Alto Adige. There are a few books on Northern Italian cooking that contrain recipes for a few of the more common dishes but many describe the region as "the least italian" and perhaps it just doesn't fit neatly in to books on "Italian" cooking. Admittedly, within the region there are two distinct capitals (they hand over the reigns from time to time) and two or more cultures, don't forget the Ladin...

So to the meat of my question, besides reading (and, of course eating) all that I can, where should I look for direction in both food journalism and the writing of a cook book. One of our local Culianry Institutes once offered a food writing class but it seems to have been dropped. It's times like these I miss New York and the FCI...

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