What's cooking?

Writing about food is one of the most rewarding things you can do, but it's also one of the hardest, and it takes a lot of practice.

What's cooking?

By Michell Léon

One of the easiest and most difficult things to write about is food. Easy, because you have to eat three times a day, so you never run out of things to write about. Difficult, because it's hard to describe a flavour or smell.

Of course, you can always do what most food critics do, and rubbish the food, but that's the easy way out. It's a lot more difficult to actually put words on what you are sensing, and take a deep dive into the emotions associated with it.

Food writing is fake

Nonetheless, that's what food is all about if you ask me. It's an inner experience that you cannot really share with anyone, unless they eat the same dish as you, and even then they will not feel the same. We are all different.

When describing a taste or smell, you are literally faking it by trying to share your inner experience with someone only through words. You might get close, but it will never be like actually tasting it. If you are good, though, you will be able to give the reader another experience, which is tasting your words.

That's exactly what we are going to practice in this week's exercise, and what I want you to do is this,