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Food Writing Forum: Opportunities and Challenges in a Digital Age

  • The New School Lang Building 65 W 11th Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10003 (map)

The food writing craft is in transition from the traditional world of magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks in print, to the digital world of food blogs, digital books, websites, online restaurant reviewing, memoirs, recipes, food photography and the influence of social networks. If observers and technologists are to be believed, many more changes are soon to come. Top food writers will examine the positive and negative food writing trends in the digital age.

*PLEASE NOTE that your ticket includes admission to both days.
* The New School students are required to bring a student ID.


Friday: Wollman Hall is on the 5th Floor at 65 W 11th Street, New York
Saturday: The Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Auditorium is on the ground level of 66 W. 12th Street, New York.

FRIDAY, April 5th

9:30am Registration

10:00am-10:45am Plenary Session: Dianne Jacobs

10:45am-12:00am Social Media and Online Media: Fabio Parasecoli, Scott Barton, Aaron Hutcherson, Rosie Nelson, Marion Nestle, Stephen Schmidt

12:00pm-01:00pm Lunch

How to Write a Cookbook: Florence Fabricant, Rozanne Gold, Dorie Greenspan, June Hersh, Priya Krishna, Pino Luongo, Julia Turshen
Blogs and Websites
Framing and Maintaining Purpose: Anne Mendelson, Ken Albala, Dave Cook, Deb Perelman, Joanna Sciarrino

2:15pm-2:25pm Coffee break

Newspaper and Magazines in the Digital Age: Ariel Lauren Wilson, Andy Baraghani, Kate Cox, Erica Marcus, Emily Weinstein, Gabriella Gershenson
Today’s Cookbook Publishing Process: Digital Brass Tacks and Editorial Skills: Anne Mendelson, Sara Eagle, Suzanne Fass, Rux Martin, Michael Szczerban

3:40pm- 3:50pm Coffee break

3:50pm-5:05 pm
Restaurant Criticism in a New Age: Andrew Friedman, Hannah Goldfield, Adam Platt, Hanna Raskin, Chris Stang 
Whose Recipe Is It? Intellectual Property & Provenance: Cathy Kaufman,Rozanne Gold, Sara Moulton, Peter E. Nussbaum, Kara Rota, Tanya Steel

5:00pm-6:00 pm Reception Lang Cafe

SATURDAY, April 6th

9:30am-10:00am Registration

Food Memoir and Biography: Cara De Silva, Elissa Altman, Mark Federman, Madhur Jaffrey, Anne Mendelson, Laura Shapiro

Cultivating Diversity on Pages and Screens: Scott Barton, Daniela Galarza, Von Diaz, Peter J. Kim, Eric Kim, Korsha Wilson

11:15am-11:30am Break

What Do Book Publishers Want?: Cathy K. Kaufman, Ken Albala, Andrew Friedman, Bruce Kraig, Andrew F. Smith
Women’s Words and Words About Women: Bettina Makalintal, Ramin Ghanesram, Sarah Khan, Elle Simone Scott

12:45am-1:00pm Break

The Dark Side of the Internet: Cara De Silva, Rebecca Federman, Stephen Schmidt, Andrew Smith, Lauren Swann
Behind the Bite: The Art of Good Food Photography: Allie Wist, Victoria Granof, Justin Walker, Jamie Tiampo, Maggie Ruggiero

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