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Understanding cultures and challenging mindsets in food: A workshop

13th January 2021: How do you understand and address bias, perceptions and expectations when you write and test recipes? How do you tread the fine line between meeting the needs of your readers and followers, without unwittingly causing offence? And what are the common pitfalls to avoid?

A Guild of Food Writer’s member, I ran sessions for fellow members to address these important questions in food publishing, writing and recipe testing.
The session covered key watchouts, real life examples from ‘ethnic’ food writers, as well as my own experience from growing up in India, writing about food in the UK for the London Evening Standard and publishing two cookbooks.

It was previously delivered to the editorial team of BBC Good Food and Olive Magazine, and was inspired by elements of my food writing and communications adult learning courses at the British Library.

Not only were the sessions the most well-attended of Guild events, but the first to be attended by Nigella Lawson, who provided glowing feedback alongside the likes of award-winning Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake and Stephanie Jackson, Publishing Director at Octopus Publishing Group.