Online Class

So You Want to Write a Cookbook?

Sat | Oct 03, 2020 | 10A–1P PT

Teacher Dianne Jacob

Cookbooks can be big sellers. Publishers still push out hundreds each year, with widely ranging subject matter and innovative, eye-catching designs. Whether you’re a food lover who likes to write, a food blogger hankering for a book deal, or a writer passionate about cooking, creating a cookbook can be satisfying and fun. It is also a challenging endeavor for which many authors are unprepared.
In this online, interactive workshop, cookbook writing coach and co-author Dianne Jacob will teach you how to establish a sellable idea, how to write and test a recipe that works, and what goes into writing a proposal for agents and editors. She’ll also cover self publishing.

Our online cooking classes are live and interactive. We’ve made this learning experience as close to an in-person class at The Civic Kitchen as we can. Got questions? You’ll get to ask them. Wondering if your dough/sauce/whatever looks right? You’ll be able to show the teacher and find out.

The classes are held via Zoom, with a maximum of 12 students. You only need to purchase one spot per household. Ingredient, equipment and prep lists are available by clicking on the ‘VIEW THE LIST’ button on this page. After registering, you will receive instructions for logging into class at the appointed date/time. Printable recipes will be available 48 hours prior to class start, so you may read ahead, cook along as much as you like, and take notes during class. The class will be recorded and you’ll be able to view the video at any time by logging into your account on our website.

Please make sure to download the Zoom application prior to class. Click here to download the Zoom software. To learn more about how to use Zoom, here’s their Quick Start guide for new users.

$105 Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Additional Class Items

Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More

Available until Oct 3 | 10:00am
A signed copy of Dianne Jacob's award-winning book, sent directly to you.

$20.00 ea


Ten Great Ideas for a Cookbook

Contents of a Complete Book Proposal

Cookbook Structures

How to Think about Your Book Title

Morning Glory Cornbread Poppers

Ingredient / Equipment List

Click the button below to see the ingredients, equipment and pre-class prep for this class. If you have questions, please email us .

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Refund Policy for Online Classes

If you cannot attend an online class you’ve purchased, please email us at and we’ll be happy to issue you a credit for any future class. If your cancellation occurs within 24 hours of the class start time, we are not able to issue a credit. You may, however, give your spot to someone else. Please email us to let us know who will attend in your place.

About the teacher

Dianne Jacob

DIANNE JACOB is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More. She also co-wrote two cookbooks with chef Craig Priebe: Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, and The United States of Pizza. A writing coach who specializes in food, she teaches around the world at conferences and workshops. She also judges books for the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards.
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