How You Can Earn With Your Knowledge About Food And Recipes
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In this article, you will learn about:
- Steps to take in making money with your cooking skills online.
- 15 websites that pay for articles about food and recipes
Since food is the most important of all the basic human needs, the act of ingesting it into our mouths and into our stomachs is second to none. Clearly, eating is the most important activity ever known to man. Over the span of countless centuries, the need to have access to food variations continues to evolve. Consequently, cooking methods spread through various social groups via word of mouth.
Over the next generations, men and women across cultural boundaries found ways to write and publish cooking instructions so that many other individuals can benefit from them. Thus, recipes and food articles became available everywhere.
Now, with the advent of digital technology, the publication of the art of cooking is also revolutionized. By employing a variety of means, you can earn a living out of cooking, and by giving content about your culinary knowledge, and publish it online.
You can achieve it with any or all of the following:
1. Make a recipe blog or ebook
Making a recipe cookbook is easy. What’s difficult is getting it into a publishing company and have it approved. Don’t fret, there is a quick remedy to this. You can publish your cookbook as an ebook and sell it on the web. You may also choose to blog about it since it is easier to have your recipe articles be published online than somewhere else. Starting a blog these days is so easy thanks to countless guides that flock the internet.
In making a cookbook or a blog, it is important to make your step-by-step process easy to read. You’re making a “how-to” reading material. Do your best to make your instructions clear and easy to follow.
Also, you have to highly consider putting pictures that would reinforce the cooking process. And bear in mind, we’re not only talking about simple and ordinary pictures here, we are talking about crisp, clear photos that can help an aspiring cook bring your recipes to life.
In taking images for your cookbook, make sure that they have proper lighting and are captured using vibrant color schemes. For obvious reasons, you wouldn’t want your readers to doubt the palatability of the recipes you’re teaching them to cook.
2. Make a cooking vlog
If you hate writing about the deed, maybe you want to video the deed and show it to people. Although you may need to spend on a considerable amount of money to start a vlog (buying a camera, lighting equipment, videoing accessories, etc.), most people find it easier to vlog than to blog. As a consolation, people would rather see you do the cooking, than read about how to do the cooking… right?
According to surveys, lists of the most popular “how-to” vlog niches in Youtube would most certainly include gaming, beauty tips, music, health, and cooking. If a video channel about food is highly searched by people on the Internet, anyone who has cooking adeptness should highly consider starting a cooking vlog.
Whether you want to write about it or vlog about it, it is important to know what types of recipes should be included in your topics. Food experts have this understanding that people of these modern times love to hear about foods that are easy to cook, yet doesn’t compromise on health and nutrition. Since we can’t argue with the fact that “instant food packs” are popular grocery items, you might want to consider writing about recipes that include them.
By mixing up the likes of canned goods and leafy vegetables and providing a comprehensive process on how to make a delicious viand out of them, your recipes will surely be a hit among cooks and eaters alike.
3. Offer online cooking courses
Although there are lots of knowledge resources on the internet, many people are still willing to pay to get enrolled to online courses. The idea is that, if you pay for the attainment of a certain knowledge or skill, you will most likely delve yourself into the process through the end.
Online classes are a very marketable endeavor these days, and your knowledge about food is something that many people are so eager to learn and absorb.
You can teach online cooking courses in any of these methods:
Article post series – This is different from your typical article posts in your blog. With it, a group of special subscribers will only be the ones who will have access to a series of information materials that you created just for your designed online course.
While your standard blog posts are accessible to everyone, your online course articles will only be accessed by paying subscribers.
Webinars – The popularity of this method is undeniable these days. By conducting a live, on-screen cooking demonstration, aspiring chef wannabes will surely dig you. Not you… literally, just what it is that you offer.
But won’t these methods require a high level of technical expertise? Yes… and no.
While many seasoned online course providers do indeed possess in-depth technical know-hows in conducting their stuff, there are many websites today like talentlms.com that offer assistance to people like maybe yourself who has an impeccable skill set, but has no background about the technicalities of things like video-conferencing and web series.
Tips that can make your cooking vlog channel or blog more attractive
Use a “typical home kitchen” backdrop.
Think about this, are there more restaurant owners than kitchen owners? Of course, there are more people in the second group. For that, you have to produce a setting or backdrop of your blog or vlog channel that shows a typical home kitchen.
By showing a setting that proves your recipes can be performed by anyone in any kitchen, more viewers will be naturally drawn to our writings or videos. Sure, you can also choose to conduct your cooking performances on a restaurant setting, but that will only attract professional chefs and bigtime hotel owners.
The trick would be to do such a method occasionally too, to make the most out of your potential viewership.
Emphasize your recipe’s nutritional value.
Telling about your recipe’s yumminess is a great thing. You know what’s a greater thing? Telling about the nutrition that your readers’ bodies can attain if they cook your recipes. Good eating must be partnered with the words “nutritious and healthy.” So make it a priority to include them always.
Parents are always the ones who do the cooking. For sure, they would’t want to feed their kids unhealthy viands. This should be a factor that can make a blog or a vlog that teaches about how to cook nutritious foods stay on top of the others that only teach about yummy foods but are not healthy enough for the family.
Focus on recipes with the most affordable ingredients.
Readers will look at you if you can nicely teach them how to cook, but if you teach them how to cook in the most affordable way, then that would be even more fantastic. As much as possible, explain the inclusion of your ingredients in such a way that they’d be affordable or at least, accessible to your audience.
As stated above, viewers and readers would be attracted more if you make it appear as if your cooking drills can be doable at home. It should also go without saying that the elements that comprise your recipes are easy to attain and not too difficult to grab a hold on.
Set the audience as the main character.
Maybe you’re a great cook. But how can the audience figure that out without you over-emphasizing it? – by making them the center of your explanations. It means that if you’re always the star of your blog, you will most likely fail.
Many novice bloggers and vloggers fail because they focus too much on making themselves famous that they forget to really teach their craft to their audience. Avoid this mistake by all means.
By speaking or writing as if you highly value the reader’s passion to be as skillful in cooking as you, you will rise to fame with the impression that you’re not really after it. Thus, the audience will love you more, and will even talk about you among their social connections. This will then have some eventual advertising, even though you’re not actually doing it.
4. Write for these websites
Those are the harder ways, as you need to do it in long terms. If you want to have some quick bucks with your cooking insights, you may just choose to write for the following:
Down East Magazine – During its entire publication of 60 years, they publish writeups about the culture, history, current events, and food hotspots of Maine, USA. They follow strict writing and editing guidelines. If you choose to write for them, you will be required to indicate your writing style and writing patterns. Payment is between $0.40 and $0.70 per word.
Edible Cleveland – Accepting both food articles and recipes, they have a hands-on editorial workforce that’s very keen on building the structure of your writings. As a member of an award-winning, nationwide series of community-based food publications called Edible Communities, Edible Cleveland is a proven authority on cooking. They publish articles on a quarterly basis. Payment is $0.20 – $0.30 per word.
Edible New Orleans – This publication is also a member of Edible Communities. Publishing magazines on a quarterly basis, its mission is to transform the way people cook, eat, and buy edible stuff in New Orleans, USA. Articles to submit must be around 500 – 3,000 in length. Payment for this magazine is negotiable.
Eater – They claim to primarily pick report articles about food instead of stories that revolve around cooking. As such, they are interested in accepting writings that include politics, technology, business, pop culture, etc., as long as it revolves around the central plot of food. In writing for this site, you need to pitch your idea to the editors first, which will talk to you on how to write your article once you get assigned to do one. Payment is from $0.07 – $0.67 per word.
Eating Well – Their motto is “Ingredients of the good life,” and they publish writings about cooking that are newsy and scientific in approach. They publish their magazines 10 times a year. They claim to have readers that are not only interested in the nutrition that food gives, but also in its origins and the social issues that surround it. Payment is $1 per word.
Extra Crispy – The content that they seek are those that are centered on eatables for breakfast. They highly welcome onion pieces, illustrated narratives, original recipes, and personal essays. To get commissioned on a writing job for their publication, you need to pitch your idea first. As you do so, they will need you to provide some credentials of your cooking experience to discern if your writing is up to your credibility. Payment is around $0.38 – $0.50 per word.
Food and Nutrition Magazine – This one is a huge authority on the food-related subjects as it is the publication of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. In soliciting ideas from writers, they seek those that can provide articles that are well-balanced and intelligently written.
Taproot Magazine – This is a publication that’s created with the intention of seeking out stories about food, farming, family, and craftsmanship that can connect everyone. They publish 2 magazines a month. In writing for them, you are encouraged to check out their previous issues to have an idea about what they publish. Your article must be around 800 – 4000 words.
Radish Magazine – Articles to be submitted must revolve around the topics of eating right, great places, outdoor destinations, home gardens, and anything similar. They focus on the overall facts about healthy lifestyle in western Illinois and eastern Iowa, USA. Upon publication, writers could be paid from $50 to $150 per article depending on the length of the article and the quality of work.
Sunset Magazine– Claiming to be Western America’s largest-circulation magazine, it has columns that are solely devoted to food. In submitting a query for an article idea, the proposal must clearly suggest on what month or season should it be published. A couple of revisions might take place during the crafting of the article. The number of words should be around 450 – 500. Payment ranges from $1.00 – $1.50 per word.
The Cook’s Cook – As an online community centered on cooking, it has contributors that are chefs, food writers, scientists, and agriculturists. The community lets them share ideas, techniques, and food-related experiences. If you submit recipes to their site, they require you to provide reliable links and sources to verify the authenticity of your scientific claims as to the level of nutrition that your food can give.
Today’s Dietitian – This one focuses on giving unbiased food knowledge that can cater to people having health problems such as heart diseases, diabetes, and allergies. Their publication has been printing articles that focus on such topics for 17 years already. Articles to be submitted must be 800 – 1400 words in length. You must submit a query letter to them before doing the actual submission.
Brew Your Own – Mainly focused on drinks, specifically about those that belong to the alcoholic ones, this could be your side-income generator if you’re quite knowledgeable with beer and anything that can be brewed. Articles to be accepted here must fall between 1,500 to 3,000 words. You will be prompted to pitch your idea first before submitting the actual article. You could be paid up to $200 per piece.
Edible Communities – The name itself suggests that within its halls, you can collaborate with writers and people who share that passion of yours about anything that you can eat. The community highly prefers articles that delve into the eating styles and trends within the area of Vancouver, Canada. If you have sufficient knowledge about the hottest recipes and eating spots therein, your knowledge is highly welcome in this site. The articles you may submit are expected to be not less than 800 words, but could also exceed up to 1,000.
Edible Manhattan – Providing opportunities for both writers and photographers, this publication releases magazines 4 times a year: February, May, September, and November. Freelancers are encouraged to connect and collaborate with them. The place where it operates has one of the highest numbers of readerships so the competition might be a bit stiff.
Now that I’ve motivated you to do some clicking and scrolling, it’s now your time to motivate people to do some cooking. Encourage them to cook and eat, while you earn as you make them learn from your skills.
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