Food in Writing
by Adam Huddleston
While humans seem obsessed with dividing themselves along religious, political, or cultural lines, there are a few things which bind us together. One of the basic examples of these is food. We all need it and desire it. Looking at my waistline, some desire it more than others!
When it comes to writing about food, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don’t skimp on the adjectives. People love food and want to know what it looks, smells, and tastes like in your story.
- Although it may sound like it contradicts #1, don’t go overboard with the descriptions. As always, try to use clear, concise words. One or two strong adjectives are always better than three or more weak ones.
- Try to include foods in your story that are appropriate for the character, setting, etc. Good research and first-hand knowledge will tell you what types of food and drink people in a particular region enjoy.
- Do remember to make the food personal for the character. Tell us how they feel when eating or drinking. Relate the experience to something in their past. If you make it personal for the character, you will for the reader as well.