Inspired by the thought that I could improve on the writing I do on Lex Culinaria, I recently checked out a stack of "food writing" books from the local library. I was surprised to find so many! There are whole books on how to write a recipe, the best food writing of 2004 (etc.) and on food journalism in general. I was surprised to see from some of these books that there are many recipe and food writing conventions (for example, the order in which to list ingredients and methods) espoused by these authors.
I found the sheer volume of literature on food and recipe writing surprising as I just tend to write, without thinking about how I'm writing or the reason I'm writing in a certain way.
In order to get everyone thinking about why we write the way that we do and share what works for us ....
1) Does anyone particularly recommend food and recipe (or general) writing resources that might help your fellow bloggers to improve their writing skills and the content of their sites?
2) Do you just type (like I do) without thinking so much about how and why you are writing the way that you do?
3) Do you have any particular tips and tricks or conventions or style rules that you use when you write your posts: for example, do you provide a headnote (brief summary or catchy story) under the title of a recipe as a matter of course? Do you always list liquid ingredients first? Do you split out sub-recipes (i.e. how to toast coconut) out of the main recipe (i.e. toasted coconut flan) or do you include it in the method for the main recipe?