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EGL 44 — How to Write a Cookbook and Strategies for Getting It Published

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jun 27—Aug 8
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 17
Unit: 1
Tuition: $500
Instructor(s): Tori Ritchie
Limit: 21
Status: Closed
Please Note: No class on July 4
6:30—9:30 pm
Jun 27—Aug 8
6 weeks
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Jul 17
1 Unit
Tori Ritchie
Please Note: No class on July 4
Have you always wanted to write a cookbook, perhaps to preserve family recipes, document your own cooking journey, or share a health and wellness story? Paradoxically, there are more options for publishing a cookbook today than ever, but writing one is still a challenge. In this course, we will focus on how to take your cookbook idea from start to finish. We will begin with the recipes: how to create and test them, how to curate the right list, how to be sure a recipe is really “yours.” We will mine published cookbooks such as those by Richard Sax and Samin Nosrat for examples of titles that sell, strong headnotes, and personal writing that demonstrates how voice can turn a so-so book into a great one. We will hear about publishing strategies from guest authors who have taken unique routes, including Kathy Strahs of Burnt Cheese Press, and writer of four cookbooks; Leslie Jonath, producer of crowdsourced titles; and wellness writer Amanda Haas, author of The Anti-Inflammation Cookbook and the forthcoming The Vibrant Life. There will be writing assignments each week, and by the end of the course, each student will have produced a concept statement and book outline to guide them to completion.

Tori Ritchie, Cookbook Author; Food Writer; Editor

Tori Ritchie is the author of six cookbooks, including The Side Dish Handbook, Braises and Stews, and Party Appetizers: Small Bites, Big Flavors. She has edited dozens of other cookbooks and is the producer of the website tuesdayrecipe.com. Her food writing has appeared in Bon Appétit, the San Francisco Chronicle, GFF, and elsewhere. Ritchie received an MFA in creative writing from the University of San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.