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Cathy Barrow, Recipe Author

In Conversation With Cathy Barrow


I had the pleasure of speaking with Cathy Barrow, a food writer, cooking teacher and pie maker.
Barrow writes a column in the Washington Post’s Food section, called “Bring It.” She has written for the New York Times, Garden and Gun, The Local Palate, Modern Farmer, Saveur, Southern Living, NPR, National Geographic, and other publications.

Her first cookbook, Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry, won the prestigious IACP Award.

She gave great advice about pitching recipe ideas to publishers. She spoke about the importance of pitching to food editors in particular. She said when pitching, contacts may be found in the acknowledgements section of a book.
The pitch must sing, and be no more than 200 words. It is important to get to the point. Be sure to include a link to previous works and an end date to answer by. Annd be sure to follow-up.

She spoke about valuing your work, which meant not working for free!

Good luck with your writing projects!