Welcome to Mastering the Art of Food Writing

By Monday, August 25, 2014 Permalink 0

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Are you new here? Welcome. And if you haven’t come over in a while, then welcome back.

Our renovated site will LAUNCH VERY SOON. To be included in the launch festivities, sign in above right.

Yes, there have been some changes made. The Rambling Epicure has shifted its focus from featuring food writers to forming a community for food writers. You’ll still find the calibre of writing we’ve been identified with since 2009, but, if you write as well as read about food, then you’ll find more here than ever before.

Starting in the summer of 2014, we — Jonell Galloway and Elatia Harris — envisioned a resource-rich hub, unlike any other site on the Internet, for food writers at all levels. Where inspiration was in ample free supply. Where fast, palatable units of education and topnotch services to writers were custom designed and delivered at truly attractive prices. Where virtual and actual events for writers, including one free event every month, opened the door to connections and opportunities.

Want to publish on our platform, or enter our competition for beginning food writers? We’ll showcase you beautifully. Want to teach here? Tell us what you’d bring to the table. And if you need to go deeper, as we have done, into the changing world of ebooks, then come with us on the ride.

And, for a good time in good company, join our food writing forum on Facebook at The Rambling Epicure, Mastering the Art of Food Writing. You’ll make new writing friends there, and pick up a wealth of hot tips.

The TRE Quiz: Were You Destined to Become a Food Writer?

By Friday, August 15, 2014 Permalink 2

by Elatia Harris

Below you will find a spectrum of behaviors that are food writer markers in early life, as well as some behaviors that do not strongly associate to food writing. Say yes to all that apply. Attach a zero to behaviors that do not resonate with you. Each entry below is weighted separately. Instructions for self-scoring and interpretation are found at the end.

(1.) In childhood under 10, you

(a.) Ate what you were given, mainly, but thought over the texture pretty hard.

(b.) Wondered about the food in foreign countries. Was it better? Could you cook it just fine without going there?

(c.) Read carefully, rather than skipped over, the bits about food in your usual reading matter.

(d.) Sniffed from spice jars.

(e.) Were asked not to complain about the food, ever, even though you weren’t complaining, exactly. You were trying to help.

(2.) In early adolescence, you

(a.) Read and wrote well ahead of your grade level, regardless of other academic aptitudes.

(b.) Cooked with adults, for lack of interested peers. Cooked to get adults out of the kitchen.

(c.) Started feeling passionate about certain writers: they were writing for YOU.

(d.) Put out at least two issues of a newsletter about the food at school and at hangouts.

(e.) Sniffed wine, tried to taste it, daydreamed a lot, wanted to be older — at least 16.

(3.) Mid-adolescence through age 21, you

(a.) Worked to expand your food vocabulary because there were food sensations you experienced but had no words for.

(b.) Considered “year abroad” programs based on the food that might be involved.

(c.) Used more of your available funds to eat well than other students did, cut back elsewhere to afford it.

(d.) Sniffed fragrances, liked satin, drank wine.

(e.) Made lists of destination restaurants, and other things to experience for the sake of writing about them.


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Food Writing Prompts: Your Own Desk is a Prompt

By Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Permalink 2

by Elatia Harris

So many great writers need their writing rooms to meet precise specs. E.B. White preferred a rough-hewn, minimalist space, with nothing but a typewriter. Virginia Woolf needed lots of green around her, and took some serious kidding about it from her sister. I have noticed that a writing room is almost never gender-neutral, even when the writer is going for a low-key, orderly space that gives little away. There’s something I need, that I’ll give up things I like to get: a window. Looking at photos like the National Trust photo above, of Vita Sackville-West’s writing table at Sissinghurst, I always notice — does the writing table face a window, or a wall?

Which leads me to wonder — how much of a writing prompt is your desk itself? It has four corners, like the ancient Chinese idea of the Universe. Within that space, you can put anything you have that helps. When you look up from your work, are you still seeing with the mind’s eye? What could you arrange to see, physically, that would give you the most of what you needed to keep writing?


Food Writing Prompts: A Brighter Kitchen

By Saturday, August 2, 2014 Permalink 2

by Elatia Harris

We value a bright kitchen for many reasons — ventilation, ease of cleaning, the unimpeded visibility of the food we prepare, and not least, the maintenance of the mood of the cook. The cook is almost always the owner of the kitchen, now. In a centuries-old kitchen, however, like this one at Townend in the UK (National Trust Photo), that was not the case. There were paid workers who lacked for light and fresh air, in the kitchen all day and into the night. In these circumstances, even a tiny slice of light makes a big difference. One candle, reflected in a glass bowl full of water. It was called a light enhancer, and it could bring deep joy.

Food & Wine Tasting Masterclass, Chartres, France

By Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Permalink 1

Food and Wine Tasting Masterclass in Chartres, France

18 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Exploring the Food and Wine of the  Beauce and the Loire Valley

with James Flewellen and Jonell Galloway

Through a series of tutored workshops, this 4-day weekend workshop will help unlock your tastebuds and introduce the richness of aromas, flavors and textures present in food and wine. Our exploration is enabled through local food from the Beauce and wine from the Loire Valley and coincides with the Chartres Festival of Lights and the Autumnal Equinox.

For course details click here and to make your reservation click here.

Contact: info@tasteunlocked.com.

The Rambling Epicure History

By Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Permalink 0

The Rambling Epicure is a daily international food chronicle, and the first online journal to follow global food trends and news. It was founded by Jonell Galloway (LINK to TRE About) in 2009.

Based in Switzerland, The Rambling Epicure innovated by joining the voices of food writers and artists from around the world to promote a mindful, responsible approach to real food shopping, cooking, and eating. Then as now, big interests around here are food politics, sustainability, safety, history, and the art, literature and philosophies that accompany accompany those concerns.


By Monday, July 28, 2014 Permalink 0

Food Writing Competitions

We have a keen interest in identifying the food writers of the future. Are you one of them?

Many are in graduate programs in Food Studies now. Or they are students in other, less obviously related fields. With the rapidly changing foodscape, they will take on undreamt of challenges. In fact, they have already begun to do so.

Because concision is not only our favorite word, but a guiding principle we hew to and teach, we sponsor a competition four times yearly, for student food writers who have up to 500 words to show us.

Professional Writers

By Monday, July 28, 2014 Permalink 0

Publish – Professional Writers

Since its founding in 2009, The Rambling Epicure has been blessed with the presence of established writers in the field of food. Our focus has always been on good writing and we will continue to publish notable writers who have a reputation in the field.

The Rambling Epicure platform has become a meeting point for all types of food writing. If you are a professional writer in search of good company and  have a spectacular piece of writing but no platform, or if you think The Rambling Epicure is the right place for you to publish, feel free to contact us to send it our way.

Student Writers

By Monday, July 28, 2014 Permalink 0

Publish – Student Writers

Student writers often lack serious platforms for publication of their work. The Rambling Epicure will be that platform, focusing on food writing. You can publish right alongside well-known food writers from around the world and grow accustomed to being in the company of writers of like mind.

Focus on a category and let us know where you think you fit when you send in your manuscript.

How to Get Published

The Rambling Epicure platform is a meeting point for all types of food writing. We will regularly publish outstanding writing from student writers. If you have a spectacular piece of writing, feel free to send it our way to info@theramblingepicure.com.