Cookbook Writing as Storytelling: An Interview with Melissa Clark

Join Peter this week as he chats with food journalist and cookbook author Melissa Clark about how intuition and instinct shaped her successful food writing career. 

Peter Gethers, guest host,
April 18, 2017
Episode #147

This episode is part of a special series with author Peter Gethers, best-selling author, publisher, and screenwriter. His latest book, My Mother's Kitchen, is available for purchase at Barnes & NobleAmazonIndieboundBooksamillion, and Apple

This week, Peter sits down with Melissa Clark, author of the New York Times column "A Good Appetite" and more than 30 cookbooks. Want to know the exact number and more about Melissa's process? Listen to this week's full podcast in the top right hand player or on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher to hear:

  • Why cookbook writing is really just storytelling
  • What headnotes are and why they matter 
  • Melissa's relationship with cooking and psychoanalysis
  • The importance of palette and instinct in the kitchen
  • And much more!


Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is a staff writer for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the popular column "A Good Appetite" and appears in her own weekly cooking video series. Her latest cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game, is available now for purchase wherever books are sold. 


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