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South Florida Chapter - How to Write a Cookbook and Get it Published

So, you’ve been thinking about writing a cookbook! It can be very rewarding, but the world of cookbook publishing has changed, and it can be a daunting prospect. Most authors have no idea what to expect. Fee: $20.00

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South Florida Chapter - How to Write a Cookbook and Get it Published

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Mar 14, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

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About the Event

Cookbooks are no longer just a niche market! Hundreds are published each year, covering a variety of subject matter. Maybe you’re a writer who’s a food lover, or a great cook who loves to write, or a food blogger looking for a book deal. So, you’ve been thinking about writing a cookbook! It can be very rewarding, but the world of cookbook publishing has changed, and it can be a daunting prospect. Most authors have no idea what to expect. In this Table Talk, four cookbook authors and experts will tell you how to write a cookbook and find a publisher. 

Dame Patty Ruiz of The Mad Table, a brand inspired and created to bring people together through food, is a recently published cookbook author. Dame Patty will tell you how to write that all-important book proposal and how to find a literary agent. 

Dame Ingrid Gangestad, the owner of St. Croix Culinary Consulting, LLC, will speak of her experience with cookbook writing and creating targeted food content, including recipes, menu development and creative writing for clients. She is known for creating recipes that are on-trend and that work. 

Cathy Swanson Wheaton, the Executive Editor behind the Betty Crocker and Pillsbury books for the past six years, will share her experiences in the corporate world of cookbook writing and publishing. She will speak about what a larger publisher is looking for in terms of an author and subject. She’ll give you suggestions on ways of getting started, tips on how to write your proposal, and the elements of a cookbook and how they interact. She’ll talk about things to consider when writing, testing recipes and photography for books through the “Betty Crocker” lens.

Dame Barbara Seelig Beyer (formerly Barbara Seelig-Brown), cookbook author and teacher, has a cooking show, Stress Free Cooking, that can be seen on We Cook TV, airing on Cablevision and streaming on Roku. Dame Barbara will tell you about self-publishing then and now and how it has changed over 20 years. She will talk about having more options now: freelance editors, photography, art, etc., and how print on demand has made it easier. She’ll discuss writing for a health Organization, such as American Diabetes Association (ADA) or The American Heart Association.

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