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CW 44 — How to Write a Cookbook

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jun 23—Aug 11
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jun 25
Units: 2
Tuition: $545
Instructor(s): Tori Ritchie
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:00 pm (PT)
Jun 23—Aug 11
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 25
2 Units
Tori Ritchie
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Have you always wanted to write a cookbook? While there are more options for publishing a cookbook than ever before, sitting down (or standing at the stove) and doing the work is still a challenge. In this course, we will focus on getting your cookbook done. You will learn about the nuts and bolts of the writing process, from idea to execution. You will learn how to develop and test recipes that work, how to adapt recipes from other sources, and how to be sure a recipe is yours to publish. We will work on honing your title and your concept so that you can build a proposal around it. We will mine successful cookbooks for the ingredients that make them stand out in the marketplace, including storytelling through headnotes, essays, and sidebars. And we’ll see how a distinctive voice can turn a decent book into a great one. We will hear about publishing and promotion strategies from guest speakers who have created cookbooks in both the traditional marketplace and through self-publishing. There will be writing prompts in each class and writing and reading assignments every week. By the end of this course, each student will have produced a chapter outline and sample recipes as a roadmap to completion of their cookbook.

Cookbook Author; Cookbook Editor; Website Producer

Tori Ritchie has written 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 creator of the website tuesdayrecipe.com. Her food writing has appeared in Bon Appétit, the San Francisco Chronicle, STANFORD magazine, 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.