9 food writing tips for new and experienced writers

If you're thinking about becoming a food writer, or even if you're already writing about food, sometimes it helps to seek advice from those who have already "been there, done that," so to speak.

I recently searched the web looking for some of the best tips from food writers regarding food writing. I'm sharing what I found below.

One of the best ways to become a food writer is to simply get started. Take that first step. I started out in the accounting department of a nail polish company. I just kept pitching the advertising supervisor until I made the move into the editorial and advertising department. Several years later I transitioned from beauty magazines to food, and the rest is history.

Pitch your ideas to a website or magazine you admire and see where it goes. Always meet your deadlines and go above and beyond when it comes to checking your work, supplying photos and responding to editors.

In 7 Ethical Food Writing Tips from Professionals, by Lola Mendez, some of the tips she shares include:

  • Avoid words such as "authentic" and "cheap"

  • Dig into the details

  • Focus on the people behind the plate

In 5 Tips on How to Write about Food, Proofed suggests:

  • Choose a food niche

  • Use sensual language

  • Avoid generic terms such as "tasty" and "delicious"

The article How to Get Into Food Writing with No Experience, posted at The Freelancer's Year, explains that if you want to get into food writing, you should:

  • Figure out how food intersects with something else you enjoy

  • Decide what type of food writer you want to be (restaurant reviews, sustainability, food tourism, etc.)

  • Pitch something "new" to editors

Ready to start pitching? Here are a few online publications to get you started:

Share your tips, and successes, in the comments below.