Writers are natural researchers. When we research and write about food, it makes us want to learn (eat) more.
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Since I was little, I've always enjoyed food. It didn't have to be fancy, either. It could be mom's spaghetti dinner or my grandma handing us cold hot dogs as a snack before we ran out to play. Nearly every memory I have involves food in some way.
I try to forget those times I had to sit at the dinner table and finish something I didn't like. Maybe the same thing happened to you? "You're going to sit there until your plate is empty." Ugh. Mine was water chestnuts. Dang those things were disgusting to a kid. I sat there all night staring at them. To this day, I avoid any and all foods with water chestnuts. Yuck!
It wasn't until I became a writer that I started trying a lot of different types of foods. When you start researching topics, the act naturally spills over into areas that you enjoy, which for me, was food. For example, if I was boiling an egg, I'd wonder, "How can I do this better?" So, I'd look it up, and I'd end up learning all kinds of things about eggs, such as how to boil them quicker, interesting new recipes and cool breakfast restaurants nearby.
Once I caught the travel bug, I started researching restaurants and regional foods that I could enjoy during trips to nearby and far off places. This opened a whole new world of possibilities. Once I experienced pan con tomate in Barcelona, high tea in London, and lobster rolls in Maine, I was excited to integrate the same foods into my home menus.
Writers love to research food
When you start researching topics, the act naturally spills over into other areas that you enjoy, such as food.
Once I became a food writer, the wheels really came off the cart. Not only was I focusing my travel around food, but I was paying more attention to sustainable and organic foods, food labels and which foods, if any, I could find from local sources. As I researched, interviewed experts and wrote about food, I became more and more interested. A good 10 years of my life was spent writing about pizza as the editor of a pizza magazine. I can confidently say that I've eaten at well over 100 pizzerias--and loved every slice.