I’m loving the feedback I’m getting in this series, you guys! I’m so thrilled that you like reading this posts and more importantly, that you’re finding them helpful. So for we’ve talked about the first five things to do when starting a food blog, how to write an about me page, how to write a recipe and how to network with other bloggers.
When I started my blog over four years ago, I relied a lot on Google and books to help me learn the ropes. I learned as I went along and I’ve continued to add books to my blogging books library. Listed below are some of my favorites.
Books To Help Improve Your Photography:
Plate to Pixel: One of the first blogging books I bought was Plate to Pixel. The author Helene Dujardin creates the most beautiful food photographs as demonstrated on her site Tartlette. In her book, Helene covers lighting, styling, camera settings, composition, editing and storage of photos. It’s absolutely a must-have if you’re looking to improve your photography.
Food Photography for Bloggers: Another great food photography reference written by food photographer and blogger Matt Armendariz. This book is clearly written, engaging, and will have you taking pictures like a pro in no time.
Tasty Food Photography EBook: This is the only book on the list that I don’t personally own (yet), but I feel confident recommending it because pretty much everything Lindsay and Bjork of Pinch of Yum create is amazing. Check out their food photography archives for a taste of what you will get in this ebook.
Books To Help You Develop Recipes:
If you’re writing a food blog, it’s best to know how to develop recipes (kinda what this is all about, you know?). These books will give you the building blocks you need as well as get the creative juices flowing.
The Flavor Bible: I know I’m a bit of a broken record when it comes to The Flavor Bible – I’ve written about it many times before. Turn the page to “pear” and you’ll find a list of things that will complement that juicy pear perfectly. See a perfect bunch of parsley at the store that you just can’t pass up? Turn to parsley in The Flavor Bible and you’ll be bursting with recipe ideas in no time at all.
Ratio: This book by Michael Ruhlman is unbelievably helpful when developing recipes. Want to make a vinaigrette? This book will tell you that it should be 3:1 – 3 parts oil to 3 parts vinegar. It’s up to you what kind of oil…what kind of vinegar…and what else you want to add in. Fresh herbs? Dijon? Honey? The possibilities are endless once you know the basic ratio of the recipe. Biscuit dough is 3:1:2—or 3 parts flour, 1 part fat, and 2 parts liquid. Then it’s up to you — Sweet? Savory? A little of both?
Professional Chef: This is a doozy of a book. It’s huge – textbook huge. But it has all your basics in it, all the tips, tricks and tools you need to be successful in the kitchen. It also has tons of great basic recipes in it that are perfect starting points if you’re stuck on the components of a particular recipe.
Books To Help You Build Your Business:
Food Blogging for Dummies: This book by Kelly Senyei has a little bit of everything. It has some great info on food photography but since it covers other topics, I put it under this category. It is perfect for beginners but also has plenty of great information for those of you who have been at this for awhile. If you need proof of Kelly’s expertise, just spend a couple minutes on her beautiful site Just a Taste. You’ll quickly see this is a lady who knows what she is talking about. If you want to know more about this book, I wrote a review of Food Blogging for Dummies shortly after it was published. (Also available as an ebook.)
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: I’ve become a huge fan of the author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Gary Vaynerchuk. I listen to his entrepreneurship podcasts while I’m on the treadmill. This book gives you tips on how to be successful on each social media platform. One note about this book is that it was published in November 2013 and is on the topic of social media so some things have changed since this book was published. It still contains some good social media strategies and is a worthwhile read.
How to Monetize Your Food Blog: I’m a huge fan of Kiersten’s site Oh My Veggies – which she has grown into a successful business with a team of 9 employees (correct me if I’m wrong on that number, Kiersten!). Kiersten is generous enough to share the techniques she uses to monetize her blog. She covers ad networks, affiliates, sponsored content, freelancing, tracking your income, taxes and more. Some things are good to learn by trial and error, but when it comes to money and taxes, wouldn’t you rather get it right the first time? This ebook is a must-have.
Updated to add: This ebook is now sold by Pinch of Yum.
What do you think of this list? Any books you have in your library that I missed?
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