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  • 28th January 2020

5 Tips on How to Write About Food

Like food? Like writing? Then why not combine the two! Food and drink blogging is bigger than ever. Shops are full of recipe books. And you can even make a living as a restaurant critic if you’re good! But how do you get started? Our top five tips on how to write about food include:

  1. Think about what kind of food writing your want to do
  2. Find a unique angle or niche that you want to write about
  3. Learn to write descriptively and use sensual language
  4. Avoid overusing generic terms like “delicious” or “tasty”
  5. Get someone to proofread your food writing to make it professional

Read on below for more information on how to write about food!

1. Types of Food Writing

Possibly the two most common types of food writing are:

  1. Reviews and criticism of food and places that serve food
  2. Recipe books, blogs, and columns

But food writing can include many things! Some people write about the history of food and drink. Other mix food writing and autobiography. Or you can write about the food industry from a business perspective.

A good first step, then, is to read as much food writing as possible! This should give you a sense of the different styles and genres that already exist.

2. Find a Food Niche

Since “food writing” is such a broad category, it can help to find a niche. For example, new food writers often focus on one of the following:

  • Local food establishments and suppliers in your area
  • A specific style of cuisine or type of food they know well
  • Writing about food for a specific audience (e.g., cooking on a budget)
  • A novel angle or gimmick for writing about food (e.g., tasting weird foods)

Finding a food niche can also work as a “hook” for new readers. Think about what kind of food you love most and how you can make it interesting.

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3. Sensual Language

Whether describing a recipe or reviewing a meal, descriptive writing is vital. And when it comes to food and drink, this means focusing on language related to the senses, especially how it looks, smells, feels, and tastes.

Good food writing should leave you hungry.
Good food writing should leave you hungry.

If you can evoke the sensory experience of eating a meal powerfully in your writing, your readers should be salivating in no time.

4. Avoid Generic Terms

We’ve mentioned using descriptive writing above. But the flip side of this is avoiding boring or generic terms. And in food writing, the worst offenders are words like “tasty” and “delicious,” which are too broad to be useful.

It might seem odd to avoid words like these when writing about food. But “delicious” doesn’t help the reader know what something tasted or smelled like. Instead, look for a description that will fire the reader’s imagination!

5. Have Your Writing Proofread

Finally, don’t forget to proofread! Even if you’re just publishing on a personal blog, error-free writing will be easier to read, look more professional, and attract more readers. And if you plan to submit your writing to a magazine or publisher, you need it to be the best it can be!

Proofreading your own writing is never simple, though. So to be sure your work is error free, give our world-beating proofreading services a try.

Comments (11)
Edna Hay
18th October 2020 at 01:23
Description includes to write the recipes and procedures of my food? And would you please give me an examples of description about posting food video? I was so confused which one i have to write on my description. Thank you so much if you can help me?
    20th October 2020 at 10:05
    Hi, Edna. We have a post on writing a recipe here, if that's what you're looking for: https://proofed.com/writing-tips/10-tips-on-how-to-write-a-recipe/
    24th September 2021 at 06:07
    Description means to describe the food. It doesn't need any recipe. You just have to let your readers imagine how your dish will look like, taste like, main ingredients gone in making of that dish and it's aroma if any. Eg: Fish & Chips Description: - Soft & tender cuts of haddock, Fried to perfection to attain maximum crispiness garnished with fresh herbs, glazed with olive oil & served with home made potato wedges.
2nd November 2020 at 12:32
I want to know how I can make my food content enticing to my audience please Am into breakfasts
    3rd November 2020 at 10:21
    Hi, Victoria. We offer some advice on writing about food in the post, so give the tips a try and let us know how it goes! If you'd like more help with your writing, though, we have editors available 24/7: https://proofed.com/services/copy-editing/
    24th September 2021 at 06:11
    Looks of your dishes matter. You have to plate your dishes beautifully to entice your guests. make swirls of sauces or arrange the veggies in angles. Use starches to highlight the main ingredients. For more Ideas learn about food platting techniques. Describing your food with attractive sensory words is also important. Make your guests mouth water before the food even reaches the table.
    Joy nsima
    7th August 2022 at 23:56
    I want to know how to write a description of what I'm doing on my link
      24th August 2022 at 15:03
      Hi, Joy! Do you mean how to create descriptive text links, like those we’ve used in this article? If you’re using MS Word, for example, we have advice in our article How to Add a Hyperlink in a Microsoft Word Document. If you need anything else, let us know and we’ll point you in the right direction.
Ashraf khan
2nd February 2021 at 19:56
How to write a food column in news paper?
    3rd February 2021 at 09:28
    Hi, Ashraf. You could certainly use the tips here in a food column. Beyond that, it may depend on the publication you're writing for (e.g. the in-house style). Were there specific issues you were seeking advice on?
Callie Ann Aimes
23rd March 2021 at 00:01
If you want good food words and phrases and how to write recipes and even how to break in and become a professional food writer, the book I recommend is How to Write about Food by S.J. Sebellin-Ross. The author is a food critic, so I guess they know what they are talking about!

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