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How To Write Better Food (And Why You Should) | Standout Books

Standout Books editor Fred Johnson explores the sensory and symbolic aspects of food in good writing. Which makes me wonder, when I write about Chester (the Alpha Bichon), should he be a kibble connoisseur? How do you use food in your writing?

“Done well, food can act in surprising ways in fiction. It can break up extended sections of dialogue, interrupt action, or ground scenes that would otherwise be a little too high-flying. Beyond that, food evokes the sense of taste, and brings all the benefits of good sense writing. Food can also reflect your characters and the settings and cultures they inhabit, and can be used more broadly in a metaphorical or symbolic capacity. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves; before we talk about what food can do, we should discuss how to write it effectively.” ~ Fred Johnson

READ MORE: How To Write Better Food (And Why You Should) | Standout Books

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. usfman

    What a great time to read about the sensory appeal of food writing. I am in Paris. Stay tuned.

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

    In my writing, I use various types of food more for their symbolism than for sensory details. The foods our characters eat also highlight their ethnicity/culture and social status within their world.


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