Win a Copy of ‘Will Write For Food’

Remember my interview with the fabulous Dianne Jacob? Her book Will Write For Food is essential for anyone who wants to give food writing a shot. Whether you’re blogging your Whole30, sharing family recipes, trying your hand at freelancing, or looking for ways to make some money from y0ur blog, Will Write For Food is packed with helpful advice. If you follow her tips, your recipes will be easier to follow and you’ll build relationships in the food writing community, thanks to your awesome recipe etiquette and journalistic ethics.

I’m giving away a copy of Will Write For Food to one random winner. Here’s how to enter:

— Post to comments below and let me know the food-related word you eat up with a spoon—or the food-related word that makes you want to stab yourself with a fork. (My favorite food word? Crispy. My least favorite? Macerated.)

—Deadline to enter is Friday, August 14 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. I’ll pick a winner and notify on Saturday, August 15.

Good luck!


Connect With Dianne Jacob

Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996. She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia on book proposals and writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. She also edits cookbook manuscripts for publishers and shepherds authors through the publishing process. Dianne judges books for the James Beard Foundation and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards.

If you love food, food writing, blogs, and talking about all of those things, you need to subscribe to Dianne’s fantastic quarterly newsletter. Do that right here.

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  • Julia says:

    Favorite is Crisp.
    Least favorite is gourmet. (It’s over used).

    • Kara Keels says:

      Greetings Jen, I would love to win this book. I’m also searching for the recipe you have for the chili with butternut squash. I will send you a message. I picked up some bison this weekend ❤️

  • My favorite is sous vide 🙂 especially if duck or bison is used before it

    My least favorite is vegitarian

  • Barbara Martin says:

    If I win this book, I plan to give it to a friend who definitely needs to write a food blog. I like the words simmer and sauté. Ooh, and whisk and whip! Flambé is also rather nice. Sorry, I know that is more than my allotment. I dislike foam. Ew.

  • Catherine says:

    Fav word is decadent (hehe), least fav is sweet (because after Paleo, I can no longer tolerate super sweet stuff!)

  • Victoria Kean says:

    My favorite food word is herbaceous, always means tasty foods incoming. My least favorite word, gritty. Pretty much means I’m not going to like it, but I will always try it anyway!

  • Kate says:

    Fav word: whip because it makes me feel like dancing and listening to “whip it” on repeat while cooking. This is never a bad thing 🙂

    Least fav word: debone because I hate deboning. The word sounds like the feeling of deboning.

  • Ann-Marie says:

    Favourite: Guacamole. (So fun to say and eat! <3)

    Least favourite: Crust. (Ew.)

  • Crystal F. says:

    Least favorite word : Moist, reminds me of sweating or humidity not food.

  • Favorite – Homemade, but only when it’s actually homemade. It’s not even the word itself, but the importance of making food at home that makes it.

    Least favorite – Nummy

  • Jess says:

    Favorite: smashed
    Least favorite: puree

  • Sue says:

    Word I love – deglaze – just think of scraping up all those yummy, flavorful meat bits into a sauce makes my mouth water

    Word I hate – gut – need I say more

  • Claire says:

    So many hard to chose. Best word: Bacon (because bacon). Worst: Moist (just because). 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    this is a hard answer for me. I’ve never really thought about it. But I would love to start a blog so maybe I should start thinking of these things? I guess I’ve always loved the word “dollop” and hated the word “moist”, but who doesn’t?

  • Kelly Dalton says:

    Favorite food word: GARLICKY. 🙂

  • Jaime says:

    Favorite word: umami
    Unfavorite: foam

  • Hannah says:

    Dislike: superfood (so overused!!)
    Love: bright (as flavor descriptor)
    Love your writing by the way 🙂 thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Lorraine T. says:

    My favourite food word is savoury. It evokes the feeling you get when you walk into a warm house during the holidays and are embraced with the smell of roasting meat. Mmmmmmm….

  • Olivia says:

    Favorite: roasted
    Least favorite: natural – it has no true meaning anymore!

  • Jennifer says:

    Least favorite word: mushy
    Favorite word: salty

  • kristy says:

    My favorite food word: sautee. 🙂

  • Nina says:

    haha 😀
    Favorite word: CHOP. Just because 😀
    Least favorite: MOIST. Just because… 😀
    I like many many english words, even non-food related, some are way cuter than czech words :)) (for example, I LOVE the word “paw”) 😀

  • Petra says:

    Least favorite (kinda) food-related: Resy/resi for reservation.
    All-time favorite word: pamplemousse, the French word for grapefruit

  • Steph says:

    Fav: jus
    Least fav: pummel

  • Lynne Diaz says:

    My favorite word is “mmmm” as said by my 15 month old when he likes what he’s eating. My least favorite is “tasty”, thank you for telling me my food has a taste! I know that’s not what they mean but it drives me crazy:)

  • keri says:

    Favorite: house-made
    Least favorite: lowfat!

  • Eta Burken says:

    My favorite food words are carmelization, fond, mousse and tropical.

  • Chelsea F says:

    Favorite: creamy

    Least Favorite: yummy

    Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway! I’d love to win…but if not, I’m going to buy the book anyway 😉

  • Gretchen says:

    Favorite food word: frothy (it’s just fun to say, and to get something to that state)

  • Denise says:

    The word I hate the most is decadent. The dictionary defines it as “marked by decay or decline” AND “extremely pleasing.” WHAT THE HELL, ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

    The word I enjoy the most is sauté, because that usually means dinner will be done quickly.

  • Lauren says:

    Favorite word: “Ready!” & Seared

    Least: Nosh & Moist – ARRGHHHH!! I also despise
    Delish, Stoup & Sammy (Curse you, Rachel Ray!!!)

  • Phyllis Jones says:

    My least favorite food-related word is “rest” or “cool” because I don’t like waiting for delicious food. My favorite food-related word is “one-pot” because doing dishes stinks.

  • Kimberly says:

    Favorite: SUCCULENT!

    Least Fave: Crusty…yech!

  • Anca says:

    My favorite word is quinoa and my least favorite food word I think is pork

  • Lillian T says:

    My favourite word would be : Caramelized

  • sami says:

    Fave food word: Amuse Bouche makes you smile right.
    Least favorite: Fat Free cause we all know something sneaky is hiding in there.we love fats!!

  • Helen C says:

    Yummy! I am not good at describing — and so admire the people who could — food or things so that the full flavor, color, texture, aroma come to life.
    Game-y is my least favorite.

  • SavvyD says:

    Love: Savory.

    Hate: Mushroom.

    Words I love to make fun of:
    Impactful, focal point, and utilize.

  • Kristy says:

    My favorite food word: Chocolate. Whether it be “chocolate-like” or dark chocolate or some kind of substitute, I’m going to read the recipe 🙂

    My least favorite: congeal!

  • Susan says:

    Fav word ever is ‘pamplemousse’. Yup it means grapefruit, but there’s a back story! When I was about 16 years old, a friend and I decided that we would speak Fran-glais (combination of French and Enligh) all summer long. And our word to express things that were the epitome of cool was ‘pamplemousse’.

    On a less whimsical side ceviche – gives me the wiggins.

  • Sonia S says:

    Favorite word: Crispy
    Least favorable: Fat Free

  • Mary Kovar says:

    Favorite food word: carmelized
    Least favorite food word: clean-up Does that count? No???? OK – then, liquefy

  • Tracy says:

    fav chef-like sounding word chiffonade

    I don’t really have a least favorite word, but some that make me kinda nervous are chop, dice, mince… Although I’ve gotten advice and some new knives, those words still make me a little concerned. Most dishes, I’ve found, are pretty forgiving though.

  • Stacy Robinson says:

    I have three favorite words:

    1. free

    2. au juis

    3. cheesy

    Least favorite:

    * replace sweet potato fries for an extra $5

  • Quanyatta Wilson says:

    Favorite word: saute’
    Least favorite: all natural (it’s over used)

  • lilia says:

    Favorite word: wine
    Least favorite: soak

  • Patti B says:

    Love this!!

    Favorite: Succulent
    Least: Delish or Provacative (“What does that even mean?” Hat tip to Will Ferrel and )

  • Patti B says:

    Love this idea!

    Favorite: Succulent or Provacative (“What does that even mean?” Hat tip to Will Ferrell and Jon Heder)

    Least: De-Lish or Gourmet

  • Fav word: creamy
    least Fav: flash boil (just sounds like more work!!!)

    thank you for the giveaway and your work. you are an inspiration!

  • kathy says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s fav/least fav words!!
    Fav- braised
    Least- blistered

  • Karyn says:

    Favorite: Baba-ganoush

    Least: Shanks

  • Lynsey lalonde says:

    A favorite words: Balsamic, grilled, browned

    Least favorites: Heavy, moist, and artificial

  • Lynn says:

    Favorite is “creamy”. Oh, nice thoughts that go along with this food word. Least favorite is “marinate”. This means it takes time and could take hours. Who has the time.

  • Heather says:

    Least fav: head cheese. Couldn’t they come up with something, anything better than head cheese?

  • lynda maccagnan says:

    I know it’s too late, but couldn’t resist answering anyway. Least favorite is boiled, sounds so washed out and blah. Favorite is roasted…kinda like crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, ohhh flavorful!

  • My least favorite word is “Paleo” (when it is attached to processed food). This new marketing trend is making me crazy. If it is not real food, it is not paleo!

    My favorite is “Delicious”.