The Coach K of Food Writing
Posted by AviSaturday October 2, 2010
Dianne Jacob is all over the place: being interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor’s Rebekah Denn; blogging the enticing news that Saveur is welcoming new writers; and publishing a revamped version of her very popular 2005 book, Will Write For Food.
I met Dianne a couple years ago at the IACP conference in New Orleans. I had actually just finished reading her book, and she happened to walk by our table at the cookbook expo. She was exceedingly friendly and stopped to talk.
At the time, outside of regular editorial work I was also doing some culinary travel writing on my own. I wasn’t planning on telling her this (she must get a lot of: ‘I want to write about food…What should I do first?’), but she asked why I’d read her book, a fair question since it’s a nuts-and-bolts guide to food writing. So we talked a little more, she browsed a few Harvard Common Press titles, and we exchanged business cards. Glad to see she’s still the go-to coach for all food writers out there.
In addition to a new chapter on food blogging, the updated version of Will Write For Food also has added material on freelancing and cookbook writing.
Dianne has rightfully earned the admiration of some big names in the food world: a quote from The Pioneer Woman graces the cover, and there are many flattering endorsements on the back, including from Anthony Bourdain, Antonia Allegra, and this one from Gastronomica editor Darra Goldstein: “Required reading for everyone interested in translating their passion for food into words.”