ONLINE CLASS: The Art of Writing a Food Memoir (2452)

Four Tuesdays: September 10, 17,  24, and October 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online

$180 per person (10% off for members)

Lecture and Discussion with Writing Exercises. This live class will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Transform your meaningful food experiences into a meaningful story exploring your inner life. By accessing deep memories, connecting to your childhood, examining your heritage, and reflecting on our personal growth, you will learn the foundational skills necessary for writing a creative, compelling food memoir. Veteran food writer and cookbook author Nevin Martell, whose work has appeared in dozens of high-profile publications, will teach you the techniques, tips, and tricks you need through information-packed lectures, in-class exercises, robust discussions, readings, and homework assignments. You will receive two rounds of feedback on a single piece. The class is limited to 15 students.

By registering for this class, students agree they will follow these terms: 

  • Abide by our “Code of Conduct” while attending the class 

  • Will not share overtly obscene, hateful, or objectionable content. 

  • Will not share content that students do not have the rights to. 

Any work that perpetuates violence, inappropriate sexual conduct, racism, or negative stereotypes will not receive edits by the instructor or be circulated in the class.  

Code of Conduct:

Politics and Prose Bookstore is devoted to cultivating community and strengthening the common good through books, author talks, literary programs, and respectful dialogue. We strive to foster a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or ability. In that spirit, we ask everyone in this shared, communal space to treat each other equally, fairly, and thoughtfully; honor different voices, life experiences, and points of view; and celebrate the diversity that makes our community richer and stronger. Hate, discrimination, and disrespect have no place at P&P; kindness, patience, and tolerance always do. 

Four Tuesdays: September 10, 17,  24, and October 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET Online

Required Reading:

A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines by Anthony Bourdain (9780060012786)

Heat by Bill Buford (9781400034475)

Save Me the Plums: A Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl (9780812982381)

Nevin Martell is a D.C.-area based food and travel writer-photographer who has been published by The Washington Post, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, AARP, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Fortune, Travel + Leisure, Runner’s World, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, and many other publications. He is the author of eight books, including Red Truck Bakery Cookbook: Gold-Standard Recipes from America’s Favorite Rural Bakery, The Founding Farmers Cookbook: 100 Recipes for True Food & Drink, It’s So Good: 100 Real Food Recipes for Kids, and the small-press smash Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip. He has appeared on The Frommer’s Travel Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, the Chatter on Books podcast, and elsewhere. Find him online at, and on Instagram and Threads @nevinmartell.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: 9787000013193
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A Cook's Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines By Anthony Bourdain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060012786
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Ecco - November 5th, 2002

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany By Bill Buford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400034475
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2007

Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir By Ruth Reichl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982381
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 5th, 2020