Writing About Food

I recently started recording some of my adventures with my weekly CSA vegetables.  When the little blurbs turn out acceptably, I’ve been sending them to the owner of the farm where I get my veggies.  She’s included several of them in the weekly newsletter, which is very cool!

Writing about food and cooking is different from writing fiction, but I have found it quite similar to blogging.  The toughest part is figuring out how to write so it doesn’t sound like a recipe.  It’s gotten easier as I’ve been going, but it is an interesting exercise.  I’m enjoying the opportunity to stretch my writing wings, as it were!


The Benefits of Saying Nice Things

Do you know that saying, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?”  It seems like most people do the opposite; if they had a bad experience, most people will let you know, but if they enjoyed themselves or generally have a positive reaction to something they don’t often tell the person(s) responsible.

Recently I’ve tried to make it a point to tell people when something goes right, and I’ve discovered there is a benefit to saying something nice.  In addition to the interesting response to my fan letter the other day, I had another experience that reinforced this.

I get vegetables weekly from a local farm as part of a CSA program.  (I mentioned this a few days ago in another post.)  On Saturday when I went to pick up my stuff, I told the owner of the farm that I’ve been having a lot of fun finding new recipes and playing in the kitchen.  Her response was to ask me if I like to write, and if I might be willing to write  down what I do with the veggies so she can share it in the newsletter that goes out to the CSA participants.

Of course the answer to the first part was yes, I do like to write, and I told her that I could certainly give it a shot if she wanted me to share my veggie experiences.  If she likes what I write, she’ll give me credit in the newsletter!

This will obviously depend on me writing it, and her liking it, so nothing may come of the offer.  But if it does, what a cool opportunity!  And all because I said something nice.  🙂