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There is a genre which combines memoir writing with food-related experiences—and even recipes. This sort of memoir is often called a foodoir.

The foodoir is a new sort of memoir type. A foodoir can be about a love affair with a certain cuisine—Chinese, French, etc.—or about a food addiction that the writer has struggled with. It can also be simply about food in one’s family.

A special feature for the family memoir

While most writers may not choose to devote  whole book to food, many especially those writing exclusively for family and friends, have included recipes in their books of lifestories. What a lovely gift to leave one’s family with favorite recipes.

Let these articles inform you.

While you may not be contemplating creating a foodoir, here is a link to explore titles devoted to fod.perhaps the articles below will help you to reconsider the role of food in your life and perhaps include some of this in your memoir.

Remember: whatever you do today, write a bit on your memoir.

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How to Write Different Parts of Myself in My Memoir or, A Vignette on Diversity—Inner Diversity

DL: When I sent a call out for vignettes on diversity, I had not thought of intra-psychic diversity but here came a piece from Sue Lebel Young based on this very modality! Sue is a long time subscriber to this e-newsletter. Here is her post answering “how to write different parts of myself in my memoir.”

I have a book about my struggle with and eventual freedom from what I am calling FOOD FRENZY.  The book is called FOOD FIX: OLD NOURISHMENT FOR NEW HUNGERS.

How to Write Different Parts of Myself in My Memoir Can Be Interesting

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Do You Have a Foodoir in You?

The continuing popularity of books about food and cookery is well demonstrated by the vast range available—just look along the cookery and food shelves in any bookshop or at the long lists available online. Many are collections of recipes by well-known chefs and bakers, but there is also another genre which combines memoir writing with recipes or food-related experiences. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Kate Christensen talks about writing Blue Plate Special / An Autobiography of My Appetites and about writing in general.

In her memoir, novelist Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and the The Astral Hotel,  has undertaken to organize her lifestory around food. It is an interesting concept, a theme, around which to make sense of a lifetime. If the memoir is, as Rainer Maria Rilke said of poetry, a momentary order, then Kate Christensen has done just that.

“Kate Christensen always remembers what she ate, what was served, what was cooked, what she cooked, what it tasted like,” reads the book jacket. “…much of her life, she describes herself as being ‘a hungry lonely wild animal looking for happiness and stability.’ Having found them at long last, she finally feels able to write about her search.”

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