Jefferson Parish Library hosts Food Writer's Symposium June 27

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Southern Food and Beverage Museum director Liz Williams will speak at the Food Writers Symposium.
  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum director Liz Williams will speak at the Food Writers Symposium.
The Jefferson Parish Library hosts its first Food Writer’s Symposium June 27 at the East Bank Regional Library (4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 504-838-1190). The event is aimed at educating those who are interested in writing cookbooks and preserving recipes for future generations.

Local food experts and publishers are attending as speakers and panelists, including Southern Food and Beverage Museum president Elizabeth Williams and food photographer Ann Benoit.

Williams hosts the opening panel on the logistics of publishing a cookbook, including legal issues involving copyright and intellectual property laws. She says she hopes to encourage people who thinking about writing a cookbook and help them find resources.


“People often have ideas but they don’t know who to talk to and have those questions answered,” Williams said.

“I think (cookbook writing) is a really important thing,” Williams says, referencing the library at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the myriad books from the 1950s and ’60s the archive holds. “It gives you a real snapshot of what people were eating in that place at that time and that’s incredibly important."

Other topics at the symposium include the basics of writing and marketing cookbooks, copyright for recipes, recipe writing, food photography and trends in cookbook sales and marketing.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. For more information call 504-889-8143. 


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