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Aug
18
2016

Publishing a cookbook: Answers to your top questions

Published author Cara Rosenbloom dishes secrets that may help get your cookbook to market.


CR-HS1.jpgCara Rosenbloom, RD is the owner of Words to Eat By, a nutrition communications company based in Toronto. As a seasoned writer and nutrition educator, Cara is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, Today’s Parent, Food and Nutrition Magazine, and many other publications. She’s sought after as a keynote speaker and TV personality, and has appeared on Breakfast Television, Canada AM, CTV News, The Morning Show, and many other programs. Her first book, Nourish: Whole Food Recipes featuring Seeds, Nuts and Beans, launched in March 2016 and recently became a best-seller. Find Cara on Twitter @cararosenbloom, on her Facebook page WordstoEatBy, or on Instagram

My first cookbook, Nourish: Whole Food Recipes featuring Seeds, Nuts and Beans, was co-authored with Chef Nettie Cronish. The cookbook features 100 expertly crafted and tested recipes with tidbits of practical nutrition advice dispersed throughout.

To share some insights about book publishing, I co-presented the “Cookbooks 101” session at the Dietitians of Canada 2016 National Conference with literary agent Sally Ekus. We discussed how to properly write recipes and collect your work into a formal book proposal for publishers. 

Since the session, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to receive many questions from dietitians about the publishing process. continue reading
Jun
11
2015

So, you want to write a book? Six lessons learned by a first time author

A dietitian shares her insightful journey to becoming a published writer.

DNHS1.jpgDesiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian in private practice and consulting in Vancouver BC, with a focus on plant-centred diets, inflammation and digestive health. She is the author of “Un-Junk Your Diet: How to shop, cook and eat to fight inflammation and feel better, forever” and “Banish the Bloat: A 21 Day Digestive Health Program.” Desiree is also co-chair of the Dietitians of Canada Integrative and Functional Nutrition Network. Connect with Desiree on Twitter @desireerd, Facebook, and Instagram @desireenielsenrd or check out her website at www.desireerd.com.

Writing a best-selling nutrition book is a sure fire way to success…but how do you get there? For me, the dream of writing a book was a career goal even before I entered the field of dietetics. Finding the time to do it was another matter.
 
As a first time mom I thought, rather naively, that I should be able to hammer out a manuscript on my mat leave. Not so. Writing for an hour a night with a full time job and a toddler? It just wasn’t working. I was going to have to figure out another plan. continue reading
Jan
22
2015

Column concepts: What goes into writing a regular nutrition column?

JenSygo1.jpgJennifer Sygo, M.Sc., is a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist with Cleveland Clinic Canada, and the nutrition columnist for the National Post. Her first book, Unmasking Superfoods: The Truth and Hype Behind Acai, Quinoa, Chia, Blueberries and More, was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2014 and reached best-seller status.  You can reach her at jsygo@rogers.com, on Twitter at @JenniferSygo, or visit her website at www.jennifersygo.com.

I started writing the nutrition column for the National Post in 2007 while working at Cleveland Clinic Canada.  Since then, I have written about 250 columns that have appeared online and in print, on topics ranging from eating disorders to the importance of bees to our food system.

I currently write two full-length 600-800 word columns per month, as well as an online feature, called "Nutrition Bites," which provides a short answer to a common or timely nutrition question (e.g. "do I really need eight cups of water per day?"). Starting in 2015, I’ll also be filming a series of video columns for the National Post website.

Initially, I spent quite a bit of time writing and editing each column... continue reading

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