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Is Food Writing a Money Making Option?

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According to renowned food writer, Amanda Hesser, you can’t make a career out of food writing. No matter how good of a writer you are or how vast your culinary knowledge is, you can not completely rely on this profession.

Sure, it is fun and gives you ample opportunities to experience different cuisines, but it doesn’t pay you well. And in the end, money does matter.

In a 2012 interview with magazine ‘Bon Appetit’, Hesser pointed out that conventional magazine and newspaper food writing is going on a steady decline. No doubt, there are quite a few online outlets where you can contribute but that’s only on a freelance basis. Apart from this, there are abundant online food writing courses that promise financial riches but that is just a marketing tactic and nothing more.

However, there is a flipside to it. Except for a handful of popular food and lifestyle magazines in the world, food writing was always a dismally paid profession. And, if you are really passionate about writing for food, then properly plan how you want to go about it. If you want to take it up as an activity that satisfies you and makes you happy, then just go for it.

Of course, becoming a well-known food writer will take time but it isn’t impossible. Carving a niche for yourself in the food business is a challenge.

Moment of change

Yep. The golden age for food writers is now and that’s because you don’t need to be in ’the’ business to write about food! You need to have a flair for writing and be open to exercising your palette. Since, it is a side-profession for you and you are not expecting a ’respectable’ payment from food writing, you have the liberty to experiment more. You can start a food blog or a magazine and even score a book contract!

Being multi-skilled helps

Don’t just stop at writing about food. Learn photography and try basic photo editing. The more diverse you are, the better it is. Don’t drop everything to try to become a food writer. The real problem is that there is no growth in this industry. If you start at Rs. 300 per article, chances are you’ll stay at it for a long, long time. There is stagnancy and you can’t avoid it if you don’t widen your horizons and learn something new to accompany your writing skills.

Diversify as a writer

Food writing isn’t about reviewing and rating a cuisine. It is a lot more than that. You can be a restaurant critic and write unbiased evaluations of assigned establishments. There’s very little difference between a restaurant critic and other journalists as they are expected to follow certain ethical standards and portray a clear picture of the situation. If you have a degree in nutrition or related field, then you can don the cap of a nutrition writer. You can concentrate solely on food safety, product development, etc.

Food writing does not need to be money making if it is taken up as a side-profession. You just need to enjoy this particular craft of writing.

Learn Foreign Language

Foreign LanguageLearning a new language isn’t easy. But if you are able to list fluency in more than one language on your resume, then it is definitely a career booster. Moreover, most high schools and colleges in the west have a language requirement. Desire cultural immersion or self-improvement? So if you are planning to study abroad, then knowing a new language can vastly increase your chances of admission. Not only that, for those who are finding it difficult to indulge themselves in any activity during the summer vacations, learning foreign language can be a perfect option to start with. What better way of spending your leisure time than developing a new skill?

Also, many wonder, “What is the best way to learn a foreign language?”

Well my advice is you can start watching movies with subtitles or by reading online publications.

Yes, learning foreign language is hard and also demands both methodical approach as well as determination. If you are learning your first foreign language, consider the following before enrolling in your preferred language course. So let’s take a look at four such foreign languages that are popular and widely spoken across the globe.

  1. Mandarin Chinese: This dialect is spoken and understood by more than one billion people in the whole world. From a conversational point of view, Mandarin is easier to learn as compared to other Oriental languages such as Japanese and Korean. Mandarin grammar and sentence construction are a lot simpler to grasp. However, it is difficult to memorize the tones used to differentiate words having the same pronunciation.
  2. French: Often considered a ‘sophisticated’ language, French is the official language in over 20 countries. Today, mastering French is easy, thanks to the abundance of free online courses. Anyone with the willingness to learn this language can do so at their convenience. Moreover, if you already know Spanish or Italian, then learning French is a piece of cake!
  3. Spanish: If you know Spanish, then you can easily travel to South America with the knowledge of this one language! Moreover, as the economic importance of Latin America is rapidly increasing, Spanish has become popular among business-people. And, if you are planning to study in the U.S., then picking up Spanish is beneficial as the country is home to a significant number of the world’s Spanish speakers.
  4. German: Despite being a complicated dialect, German is slowly gaining popularity in the world. Having a basic knowledge of this language provides a better cultural understanding of the mid-European region. Speaking and understanding German automatically boosts career prospects in countries such as Germany and certain region of Belgium, which are the hub of many multinational corporations.

Learning a foreign language can become tiresome, so maintain your enthusiasm. Eventually, when you are in a far-off country and effortlessly conversing with native speakers, you know that all your efforts and time will have come to fruition.


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Note: If you are serious about adding a foreign language to your list, then check out websites such as Memrise, Duolingo, and BBC Languages. Also, have fun learning a new language.