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Cookbook Writing: Tell Stories Through Recipes

A course by Sumayya Usmani , Creative Writer and Food Educator

Creative Writer and Food Educator. Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021

Take readers on a journey of culture and flavor by creating a cookbook that combines recipes with storytelling

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  • 97% positive reviews (241)
  • 11702 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Take readers on a journey of culture and flavor by creating a cookbook that combines recipes with storytelling

A course by Sumayya Usmani

“Food is the greatest medium of storytelling because it teaches you about people, and it transcends language and cultural differences”, says creative writer and food educator Sumayya Usmani. Her work weaves recipe writing and heritage together to create food narratives with soul that evoke feelings and memories. She has published award-winning books, and written and appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times and The Guardian. Sumayya regularly appears on the radio, podcasts, and at multiple book festivals, where she shares her knowledge and expertise.

In this course, she teaches you how to create content for a cookbook that tells a story as you explore narrative storytelling and recipe writing. Learn about the elements needed to write a clear, easy-to-follow cooking process, how to give your food context inspired by personal experiences, and how you can take your book from page to publication. Share recipes full of heart and flavor.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 14 downloads

Why and How to Start a Cookbook
8 minutes, 55 seconds
Methodology
7 minutes, 33 seconds
Breaking Down the Chapters
3 minutes, 51 seconds
The Beginning of a Chapter
7 minutes, 35 seconds
Writing a Simple Recipe
14 minutes, 20 seconds
Writing a Two-Step Recipe
16 minutes, 33 seconds
  • 97% positive reviews (241)
  • 11702 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 37m)
  • 14 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create two recipes: the first; a simple, easy-to-follow recipe including ingredients, measurements, sequence and method. The second; a two-part, more complex, recipe.

Write two stories: the first; a narrative surrounding your simple recipe, which can be either based on your heritage or your personal life.
The second; a 600-word story which can serve as the beginning of a chapter, or the narrative surrounding your cookbook.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who is interested in sharing recipes and the stories that surround them, in the form of a cookbook. It’s also ideal for those looking to learn how to create a cookbook proposal to pitch to publishing agents.

Requirements and materials

To take this course all you need is a basic knowledge of cooking and writing, and an eagerness to develop storytelling skills.


Reviews

11702 Students
241 Reviews
97% Positive ratings

Sumayya Usmani

A course by Sumayya Usmani

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Creative Writer and Food Educator

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, award-winning creative writer and food educator, Sumayya Usmani, spent her early childhood travelling the world with her parents. She explored various cultures, countries, ingredients, and cuisines and watched in wonder as her mother lovingly prepared meals. Later, when the family settled back in Karachi, Sumayya observed grandmothers and aunts cooking with ‘andaza’ - an Urdu word for using instinct and estimation. These experiences created Sumayya’s strong foundations and connections to cooking and in her adulthood she found she could cook by simply following her own intuition and senses.

Sumayya went on to practice law for 12 years in London and Pakistan. However, in 2012 she quit law in pursuit of her passion; food writing and teaching. Now based in Glasgow, her life-long love for writing, along with her natural flair, has led her to publish award-winning cookbooks. Her latest book is a food memoir, and ventures further into creative writing, which has won the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award in 2021. Sumayya regularly appears at multiple book festivals such as the Edinburgh Book Festival, she has written for and appeared in numerous publications including in The New York Times, The Guardian, and on BBC Food, amongst others. She’s a guest speaker on many podcasts and a regular on BBC Radio. Sumayya also hosts cooking classes, and is a committee member of the Guild of Food Writers.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Ingredients of a Cookbook

    • Why and How to Start a Cookbook
    • Methodology
    • Breaking Down the Chapters
    • Structure Needed for a Pitch
  • U3

    Creating the Narrative for Your Cookbook

    • The Beginning of a Chapter
    • The Story Surrounding the Recipe
    • Writing a Simple Recipe
    • Writing a Two-Step Recipe
    • The Conclusion
  • U4

    Taking Your Cookbook to the Next Stage

    • Pitching Your Book to a Publisher
    • Tips for Self-Publishing
  • FP

    Final project

    • Cookbook Writing: Tell Stories Through Recipes

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Cookbook Writing: Tell Stories Through Recipes. Writing course by Sumayya Usmani Best seller

Cookbook Writing: Tell Stories Through Recipes

A course by Sumayya Usmani
Creative Writer and Food Educator. Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021
  • 97% positive reviews (241)
  • 11702 students