FBC Dubai Roaming Workshop 4-5 October 2013 Workshop Speakers:
Dianne Jacob (@diannej) is the author of Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More. The first edition won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book in 2005. The second edition won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in 2010 for best book in its category in the US.
Her blog, Will Write for Food: Pithy Snippets about Food Writing, covers food writing trends and technique. The New York Times,Publishers’ Weekly, Chow, Eater, BlogHer, and Food52 News have picked up her posts. She started the blog in 2009 as a way to update her book, which features an extensive chapter on food blogging.
Dianne is also co-author of the cookbook Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas,with chef Craig Priebe, and she edits cookbooks for national publishers and individuals.
Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996. She coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. She also edits manuscripts and has helped people go through the publishing process.
Dianne judges books for the James Beard Foundation and for the International Association of Culinary Professionals annual cookbook awards. She has also been a judge for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. A feature she wrote about food blogs was a finalist for a Bert Greene award in 2007.
She has written feature articles for Salon.com, Sunset, Clean Eating, Gastronomica, and Writer’s Digest.
Dianne has taught classes on food writing for more than12 years, including at the Smithsonian Institute and UCLA’s Journalism Department. For five years she ran the Food Writing Symposium at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. She has been a featured speaker at BlogHer and BlogHer Food, the International Food Blogger Conference, Food Blog South, and at the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ annual conference.
Ellen Silverman (@EllenSPhoto) is a freelance photographer who lives and works in New York City. Her primary focus is food photography. She has photographed over 25 cookbooks including Gwyneth Paltrow’s “My Father’s Daughter”, Sally Swift and Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s “The Splendid Table Cookbook”, Kurt Guttenbruner’s “Neue Cuisine”, and Mindy Fox’s just released, “Salads: Beyond the Bowl” to name a few.
This summer, she will be photographing Daphne Oz’s upcoming book. Her clients also include Chobani Yogurt, Union Square Hospitality Group Restaurants, Bertucci’s Restaurant Group, Bird’s Eye, Campbell’s Soup, Kraft Cheese. She also shoots for many editorial clients such as La Cucina Italia, Country Living and Sweet Paul, just to name a few.
In edition to her commercial work, she has been working on a personal project entitled “Spare Beauty – The Cuban Kitchen. This work is the result of several trips to Cuba over the past year and a half and was shown in New York this past March at the Umbrella Arts Gallery. Ellen and a Cuban food writer Ana Peleaz are currently at work on a cookbook proposal for a book on Cuban food. Her work can be viewed at: http://www.ellensilverman.com/
Martha Holmberg (@marthaholmberg) is a food editor, writer, and communications consultant. She is also the communications and content director of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). She is the former food editor of The Oregonian newspaper, the founder and editor of MIX magazine, and was the editor-in-chief of Fine Cooking magazine for 11 years.
She has recently released two cookbooks with Chronicle Books: “Crêpes” and “Modern Sauces.” Her first cookbook, “Puff,” was nominated in 2009 for a Julia Child First Book award by the IACP. In 2013, her book “Fresh Food Nation” will be published by The Taunton Press, and in 2014, her book on cocktail technique with bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler will be published by Chronicle Books.
She is a frequent contributor to Fine Cooking and other magazines, and a guest teacher and speaker at professional events, including The Greenbrier Food Writers Symposium and The Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowwood. In 2008, Saveur magazine included her in its “Top 100.” She earned the Grand Diplôme from Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, and currently lives in Portland,Oregon.