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What’s On Your Food Writing Menu: Bird, Beast, or Fish?

As food writers we’re always looking for ways to expand our market coverage. We may do restaurant reviews, write a food-related column or contribute to one, maybe we’re compiling a focused, specialized cookbook or submitting food-related tales and recipes. One technique which has worked well for me is writing fascinating anecdotes or small clips to set the scene and then providing a couple or so recipes to end off the reader’s “experience”. This is especially productive if the article slant is highly unique or very different in some way. This kind of “How-to-catch-it” followed by a “How-to-cook-it” or recipe selection provides more than just the typical run-of-the-mill, Grandma’s hand-me-down recipe tale.

Here’s an example of mine excerpted from “Piranha: Deadly and Tasty” published in BRAZIL magazine:

“The Amazon is filled with danger. Soldier ants march by the millions devouring all life in their path. Submerged up to the eyes, Crocodiles lie in wait for the unwary – whatever or whoever that may be. Undulating its 20-foot length beneath the surface, the Anaconda, one of the world’s largest snakes, uses heat-seeking guidance to find its next meal. The barbed stinger in the tail of platter-sized stingrays can inflict a wound that takes months to heal. But none of these carry the fearsome mystique of the voracious Piranha, the perfect killing machine.

They had it even before we knew what was happening. My rod bowed in prayer to something below the tea-colored water’s surface. The six-pound test line danced like a cat on a hot pavement. All hell had broken loose. Beads of sweat rolled down Doris’ back. Her clothes were now a second skin, clinging to her every go. We panted for breath. We had fish on. The silvery oval-shaped body and red belly of a Piranha broke the surface. I reached for it. “Don’t let a finger get near their mouths or you’ll lose it”, our native guide barked.”

The second half of this piece contains four different recipes for preparing the fish, noting what substitutes can be used if they’re not available where you live. The piece sold within 24 hours of querying.

Is there a hunting or fishing specialty in your area? Hunting and Fishing Clubs are fantastic sources for outdoors interviews as hunters and fishermen seem never to tire of telling the tale of how they bagged that “huge one”. The tightened up, condensed narrative makes an brilliant prelude to three or four different recipes for preparing the catch of the day.

Some fish, fowl and game species that are frequently sought after fishing-based pieces include:

• Trout

• Salmon

• Catfish

• Eel (Yes, these are often eaten, and they’re tasty too – even considered a delicacy in Europe and Asia)

But for a change, try something a small less common that may well pique an outdoor editor’s interest like:

• Pike, pickerel

• Shark

• Tuna

• Turtle (where species taking is not illegal or endangered)

For fowl-based writing try pieces and recipes for the likes of:

• Squab (dove or pigeon)

• Quail (also pheasant and Grouse)

• Duck

• Wild turkey

You can also hit the food-writing jackpot more easily with other game-based writing on hunted species including:

• Bear (where species taking is not illegal or endangered)

• Wild boar

• Deer (venison)

• Snake (quite common in some areas)

Don’t forget small game possibilities either. They are not only plentiful, but will often be scooped up if local area sportsmen are featured. Excellent bets are:

• Squirrel

• Possum (also called Opossum)

• Groundhog

• Muskrat (also called “Marsh Rabbit”)

You can glean a wealth of preparation methods as well from the hunting, fishing and outdoors club and group members you interview. It’s not only different, but fun. Both hunting and fishing are seasonal in nature so you’ll be able to do a number of pieces every year, all year long as the seasons change.

A variety of available markets exist. The clubs themselves may have a members’ publication you can pitch. Restaurants that feature game cooking, outdoors magazines, Men’s magazines are excellent bets too. Pitch to seasonal issues of food magazines. Don’t forget teen, children’s, and travel magazines all take unique food-related articles slanted to their readerships. Town and Country, Hunting, Fishing and Adventure magazines will help round out your submissions list.

So by all means do keep up with the restaurant reviews, cookbook compiling and food column writing. Continue to work up Grandma’s hand-me-down recipe tales too. Just expand your thinking (and your paychecks) to include food-related writing of “How-to-catch-it” followed by a “How-to-cook-it” or recipe selection pieces for sporting markets.

“Piranha – Deadly and Tasty” is online at:
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Prof Larry M. Lynch is a bi-lingual copywriter, expert author and photographer specializing in business, travel, food and education-related writing in South America. His work has appeared in Transitions Abroad, South American Explorer, Escape From America, Mexico News and Brazil magazines. Many of his food-related articles feature themes of “adventuresome eating”. He lives in Colombia and teaches at a university in Cali. To get original, exclusive articles and content for your newsletter, blog or website contact him for a no-obligation quote and current rates. For free information on the 5-week online course “Develop a Specialty and Get Published on the Web for Fun, Fame or Fortune”, e-mail your request to: mailto:lynchlarrym@gmail.com lynchlarrym@gmail.com

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