Story & Recipe Guidelines
We welcome your stories with recipes!
My Food Beginnings Stories
We are looking for heart-warming, spirit-kindling or laughter-inducing true stories centered on food. The stories are personal narratives written in the first-person. They are written in a way that pulls readers to the scene using the five senses. By showing rather than telling, readers experience your story with you.
My Food Beginnings stories begin with a hook, followed by a middle and finishes with a punch in no more than 1,350 words. Keep in mind that we aim to make Filipino dishes memorable by attaching unforgettable stories – stories that really happened to you.
Possible topic ideas: (but don’t limit yourself to these – we’re sure you can think of many others that are centered on food):
- Mothers, grandmothers, nannies, carers remembered
- Special celebrations and what they meant to you
- Culture and traditions passed down
- Coping with tragedies
- Overcoming challenges
- Lessons learned
- Memorable stage in life (i.e. Childhood, school age, coming of age, leaving home, engagement, marriage)
- Life/Career turning points
- Taking a journey
- Sacrifices made for family
- Funny experiences
- Painful experiences
- Discovering your love for food
- Differences resolved
- Immigrant experience
- Unforgettable events (i.e. fiestas, Good Friday, a catering event, cooking for a special guest, etc.)
- Things that went wrong
- Weird tastes
- Anything else you’d like to share
If you'd like to read a sample My Food Beginnings story, sign-up on the right-hand side of the page. You will receive the sample for free.
My Food Beginnings Recipes
Your piece should include a recipe you developed inspired by the Filipino dish in your story. Your fresh spin of the dish should meet the following:
- easy to follow even by a beginner home cook
- the ingredients available anywhere in the world.
- can be prepared in less than 90 minutes
If your work is selected, we will ask you for a mouth-watering photo of the final dish.
Your Filipino dish recipes can be one of the following types of food :
- Canapes or hors d'oeuvres
- Main course
- Side Dish
I. Title (simple, descriptive and inviting)
- a few introductory words to draw readers into your recipe, like a brief story or any interesting information about the dish
- if the recipe came from someone else, include an attribution to give credit to the origin of the recipe (ex. this is adapted from a recipe given to me by my neighbor in 1991 on a handwritten card)
III. Yield and preparation time
IV. Ingredients list
- list in the order they will be used in the directions
- include measurements in number of pieces, size, cups, tablespoon, teaspoon and/or approximate weight. (ex. 1 cup diced potatoes(about 1 large potato)
- write like you’re helping a friend to cook
- specify the size of pots and pans to be used
- avoid using equipment not commonly found in regular home kitchens and terms unknown to novice cooks
- group relevant actions for a task in a paragraph
- start each direction with a verb