Anywhere But Here: How to Write Cookbooks and Stories About Far Off Places

Cookbooks & Recipes

Are you drawn to writing about a particular part of the world, but worry about getting your stories or book published? This panel recording addresses the fine line between a location-focused book proposal that strikes agents and editors as being too narrow, versus a proposal with a strong sense of place that publishers will snap up because of its accessible, interesting backstory and potential to reach a broad audience. We cover the power of the backstory, how to manage travel costs, how to write regionally authentic recipes with broad appeal, and whether you need to live in a place to be considered an expert.

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Chandra Ram worked as a cook before turning to food writing and editing Plate, an award-winning food magazine that challenges chefs to take food further. She holds degrees in journalism and culinary arts, is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and the James Beard Foundation Award chef/restaurant judging committee, and has won multiple writing and editing awards. Find her on Twitter at @chandrasplate and on Instagram @chandrasplate.

Naomi Duguid is a traveler, writer, and photographer whose most recent book is Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. Her previous book, Burma: Rivers of Flavor, like her six previous books, is an award-winning book of food and travel. All her books explore home-cooked foods in their cultural context.  She leads food culture tours to Burma; in Autumn 2017 she plans to lead tours to Georgia and Iran. Find her on Twitter at @naomiduguid and on Instagram at @naomiduguid

Kate Leahy is a freelance writer and recipe developer based in San Francisco. She co-authored A16 Food + Wine, the 2009 IACP Cookbook of the Year, as well Cookie Love, SPQR, The Preservation Kitchen, and Burma Superstar. Prior to writing, she cooked professionally at James Beard-awarded restaurants such as A16, Terra, and Radius. Find her on Twitter @kateleahy and on Instagram @kateleahycooks.

Amy Collins is a literary agent focused on cooking and lifestyle books. Her forthcoming Dana Cree’s Hello, My Name is Ice Cream and Gunnar Gíslason and Jody Eddy’s Cozy: The Hygge Way to Eat and Live. Her authors include James Beard award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal, author of Cookie Love and Kyle Connaughton and Naoko Moore’s Donabe: Classic and Modern Japanese Clay Pot Cooking. Find her on Twitter @SnackyOnassis and on Instagram @snacky_onassis.


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