Will Write for Food – 2nd Edition

I’m happy to announce the new release of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More, in its 2nd edition, by Dianne Jacob. At the end of this post, I’m giving away one copy for free!

For those of you already familiar with the previous edition – I know many of you already own it and will wonder why you should upgrade – you’ll appreciate this much expanded volume, which includes a HUGE chapter on blogging and social networking as they pertain to food writing. She’s also beefed up the other sections, interviewed countless new sources, and added updated information on the ever-changing world of food writing as it exists in this new-fangled Internet age. The new book is not only bigger, but far more relevant to today’s new media.

Says Dianne of the recent additions to Will Write for Food:

I interviewed the most successful food bloggers, writing a 17,000-word chapter on food blogging (about 70 pages double spaced) that will answer your questions, inspire you, and provide resources and insider information … In addition to the new chapter on blogging, the new edition of Will Write for Food incorporates tips on using social media as a freelancer and a blogger; updated info on book publishing, whether traditional or self-publishing; and updated info on the newer, more competitive freelancing market.

If you like the book, I recommend you also check out Dianne’s blog on food writing. She’s not only an excellent writer, but a wonderfully thorough teacher and consultant. I also interviewed her on Wasabimon not long ago about her cooking and blogging life.


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  1. Rachell Gautz says

    Subscribed to the email list. Just started a food blog as a way to share my experiences in Malaysia with friends and fam.

  2. Vikki says

    Subscribed to the mailing list and tweeted the link. The book looks wonderful, those tips would come in very handy for starting my food blog. I just entered the great world of food writing and know this is where I belong. Thanks!

  3. RV says

    Have subscribed via email. I would love to win this book as I started blogging to improve my written skills.

  4. Lauri Rottmayer says

    I joined your mailing list and tweeted the contest. I write the FABU Highway for @ChicGalleria magazine. I love to cook and write! :-)

  5. Susan Johnston says

    I tweeted the giveaway! I do some short restaurant and bar reviews for various websites, but I’d love to write more in-depth food and beverage pieces.

  6. Paul Knipple says

    I signed up and tweeted. I’m also going to pass your blog on to a friend who is eating gluten-free for health reasons.

    My wife Angela and I have a book on first-generation immigrants and food in the South forthcoming from The University of North Carolina Press. We also freelance and blog.

  7. Felicia says


    I tweeted the giveaway as @wellheeled. I am interested in food writing because one should be just as well-fed as they are well-heeled!


  8. Katy@ThoughtForFood says

    Tweeted and subscribed.

    I’ve been blogging food for about 3 years, originally in the South but now the Midwest. I’m looking to expand my food writing opportunities, and would love to dig in to Dianne’s new edition to hone my skills.

  9. Emily says

    I tweeted and signed up for the email list! I have had to do short write ups for the mystery shops I would complete. After living in DC for awhile, the urge to share reviews about food and cafes in metro areas has been really strong. We’ll see!

  10. Joy says

    I subscribed to your email list. I would love this book. I am not the greatest at writing anything and I know it would help me quite a bit 😀

  11. Lana says

    I have subscribed to your e-mail newsletter, and also tweeted about the giveaway.
    I have been looking for Diane’s book for a couple of months now in local libraries, bookstores, and Half-Priced Books stores, but it is an elusive one! I just put it on my Amazon wish list when I saw your tweet.
    I have been writing since I was twelve, mostly in my native tongue, Serbian. But now that I started my food blog, I would like to perfect my style in English. And Diane Jacob’s book would be invaluable.

  12. Darleen says

    Hi: I have joined mailing listed and tweeted about contest to win book.
    I have a few blogs, including food /cooking blog – Find Something To Eat. I would love this book to provide tips and information regarding how to become a better food writer.

  13. Jeri Lynn says

    I’m glad I found your blog – already led me on a couple of interesting tangents! I’ve added my address to your mailing list and posted about the book giveaway on twitter. Look forward to reading more good stuff here. thnks, jl

  14. Steve-Anna says

    Hey girl~

    Just subscribed – will tweet. I’d love a copy for many reasons!! Of course you’re quoted!!


  15. Julie Lynn says

    joined the mailing list and tweeted @fayinagirl. :-)

    I’d love to hone my food writing skills. It’s so much fun to turn people on to great food.

  16. Marie Sainabou Jeng says

    Hi Stephanie. I just found your blog and your contest through @SFSustainFood on twitter. I’m a Danish food blogger and me and a fellow food blogger are arranging the first food blogger conference in Denmark in August at the same time as the International conference in Seattle. So far we have 75 participants out of 300 Danish food bloggers. I would love to bring the book to the conference. I just joined the mailing list and tweeted.

    http://www.madbloggersymposium.dk (in Danish)

  17. Mark says

    Hi – just confirmed your email registration from London. Sounds a great book… would love a few hints on how to go about something I’ve been mulling over for a while. I need a way to describe cheese on toast more imaginatively…

  18. Julia Cameron says

    Hi! I’d love to win a copy of this book to help with my freelance food writing for magazines. I have subscribed to the mailing list and tweeted about the contest :)

  19. Rossella says

    I write from Europe (Italy), I suppose that that wondeful giveaway is just for US :(
    I have the 1st edition of the book. I found Will write for food a really valuable book for bloggers and aspiring writing. It’s realist, opens your eye and let you discover the marvellous word of food writing.
    I read it in December, then I fall in love with M.J.K. Fisher, almost unknow in Italy. It’s really difficult to find a book as great as I will write for food.

  20. Paula says

    Done and done. I have Dianne’s first book and would love to read the updated version, particularly on blogging.

  21. Amy says

    Hi there! Have subscribed and tweeted (via @modernamy ). I’m a food blogger over @ctbites | ctbites.com and I look forward to getting my hands on a copy of your book. Congrats on the second edition.

  22. Elizabeth says

    Thank you for the chance to win! I have subscribed and tweeted. :) I write a blog and have always dreamed of writing a cookbook– this seems like an invaluable resource. Very best wishes!

  23. Erika says

    I tweeted the giveaway as @iheartrhody. I’d like to know more about food writing since it will help improve the quality of the restaurant and reviews we post to our blog.

    I’ve also joined the mailing list. Thanks :)

  24. Laurel says

    Hi. I tried to contact you via e-mail but after typing in 6 different codes I just gave up on it. So, I’m horning in on your wonderful give-away. This is basically a public service announcement to gluten free bloggers I stalk.
    Please check out . It’s Tastespotting/ Food Gawker for GF folks ONLY. No more drooling over 90% of the food we can’t eat or racking my poor brain on how to change that one up. Please take a look. It’s run by Jenn over at “The Cinnamon Quill.”

    • Stephanie Stiavetti says

      Thanks for the heads up! Will definitely check it out. And apologies for your trouble with the form!

  25. Cookin' Canuck says

    I have Dianne’s first book and found it incredibly helpful. I’m very interested in reading the new information on food blogging.

    I added myself to the email subscription (and confirmed).

  26. Cookin' Canuck says

    I tweeted this. @cookincanuck

    I am interested in Dianne’s book because I am always looking to improve the writing on my blog. I try to include a personal anecdote in each post, plus a description of the food that uses something other than the word “delicious”. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. My Persian Kitchen says

    I am so excited about this contest! I have Dianne’s first edition of Will Write for Food and would love to win the second edition! I am a Persian food blogger out of Los Angeles and I am always trying to learn all that I can about food writing!

    I subscribed to your email list and also posted on Twitter! :)

  28. Melody Elliott-Koontz says

    I tried to tweet…over capacity. Will try again. I did subscribe! I want her book..signed. Yay!

    I am a blogger, a food enthusiast, a great cook, a locavore :)

  29. Gabi says

    Yay Bay Area Bloggers! Did you go to Dianne’s recent class? I couldn’t make it, but now you have completely inspired me to pick up the book.

    I tweeted your message @30mindin and joined your email list. But where is a good place to find a copy if you don’t win?

  30. Kylie Wolf says

    Hey Stephanie!

    I have subscribed to your site (I love it!), retweeted you tweet (I am @Zippaloo), and I am very interested in this book.
    I have my blog All Things Food and I love it, I have recently been thinking about working as a food blogger however I know I don’t have the writing skills needed.
    I am still in university studying Health Sciences and Nutrition, I have the book smarts for science, not so much writing.
    Having a copy of this book would be very beneficial for me to have as it would help me become a better food blogger, as well as give me the tools to continue this passion.
    Winning this book on your giveaway would be incredibly helpful because as a university student I don’t have the money to purchase books that aren’t textbooks for my classes.
    Thank you a million for doing this giveaway. Take care.

    Kylie Wolf

  31. Kate Little says

    I’ve done everything I can to win the book. Thanks for putting it up to win! I totally devoured the original book and can’t wait to read the new one. Thanks also for the blog. One of the people I love most in the world must eat gf and I’m always looking for new ways to make her happy!

  32. Kristin Price says

    I have signed up for your email newsletter as well as tweeted out the contest. I would love to win this book so that I can improve my blog as well as reviews that I write. Thanks for the contest!

  33. Renee Restivo says

    Ciao! Love your blog! I just joined your mailing list and tweeted about the contest. I create culinary tours in Sicily and am launching a blog soon so I’d love to win this book! Un caro saluto, Renee

  34. Deirdre Reid says

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I started my personal blog so I could get more writing momentum for my professional blog, but I find that I enjoy posting there more than I expected. Plus it motivates me to cook more so I have something good to share. Still a work in progress…

  35. Malena says

    Just signed up…I’ve taken Dianne’s classes and have the old edition of Will Write for Food. LOVE her work!

  36. Zita says

    I posted your tweet: .

    I write a food blog mostly in Hungarian but there are some posts in English too. I would love to know more about food writing because I know I need to improve my skills.

  37. Juls @ Juls' Kitchen says

    Hi! Just twitted the inititive and subscribed Wasabimon mailing list!
    Just discovered your blog and the book!
    I’m really interested in food writing since I’m a foodblogger and I’d like to become a freelence food writer, which better way to start than reading this book?

  38. gaia says

    i joined the mailing list! hope to win the copy! would be great to improve my wrinting skills!
    thanx for the opportunity!

  39. Apest says

    I’ve always been told that I’m a good cooker and that I write nice things, I never imagined to combine those two things until I discovered the food photography and that I can actually journal my kitchen wanderings. Nice to have found you! Followed and retwitted! Cheers from Italy

  40. Jasmine says

    I’m really interested in food writing! I love my blog and I try to improve my style – pics and words – as much as I can :)
    I joined the mailing list and I’m also tweeting 😉

  41. Katherine says

    Hi! Lovely to meet you :)
    I’ve just subscribed to your blog. I’m a massive foodie and have recently started a blog. All I seem to write about is food so I’m trying to think of ways to incorporate writing and food into maybe a career path … not sure yet, but would love to read this book! Cheers

  42. Amanda says

    I followed you and tweeted! The book sounds interesting and like a great help for some of the work I’m doing – both personal and professional!

  43. may1girl says

    Hi, I just tweeted. I always think about starting a food blog but never quite get around to writing the first post. Perhaps this will finally tip my thinking into acting.

  44. Tiffany says

    I re tweeted you! I love food!!! Love to cook it, eat it , read about it , write about it did i say eat it? I just realized that i can make my hobby in a career and food writing is something i have been thinking about for a long time. I dont have a blog yet but i will have one soon. This book will give me the confidence and know how to get me moving. i realllllllyyyyyyy want this book! Even if you dont pick me thanks for making me aware of this book!

  45. Maxine Frendel says

    I tweeted the giveaway on @maxinefrendel and also subscribed to the mailing list. I also sent your site over to my mom, who is eating gluten-free for health reasons.

    I freelance write for several magazines and newspapers, focusing mainly on lifestyle topics. I’d love to write more about food as I’m a closet junk food eater turned health nut (well, almost all of the time.)

  46. Grant says

    Subscribed and tweeted @GKNL. I’d really like to get into food videos as well as writing. I’m interested in food as culture and history as well as cooking and eating.

  47. Renee says

    Already subscribed for a while, but I don’t Twitter…not enough hours in the day! I would love to check out this book since I only just started my blog about vegetarian and gluten free cooking a few months ago. And I could really use some tips and advice on improving things…

  48. Kerry says

    subscribed and tweeted. I’m working with several musicians on putting together a cookbook, so it’d be great to see the new edition.

  49. Jennifer Margulis says

    p.s. Your CommentLuv isn’t working right now. Which is too bad because I thought your awesome bloggerly readers might be interested in this recent post of mine about SAYING NO TO SWAG at the BlogHer conference:

    • Stephanie Stiavetti says

      Crap, that damn plugin totally blew up my site when I tried to reinstall it. Pissy plugin drama!


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