cookbook workshop

Susan Puckett

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at his or her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, and the wisdom of cookbook writers,” wrote Laurie Colwin, food columnist for Gourmet Magazine 

Great cookbooks are more than culinary blueprints, they are creative inspirers of the master chef inside all of us.  And you can learn to write one.

Georgia Writers Museum announces the “Writing an Amazing Cookbook” workshop with Susan Puckett on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Georgia Writers Museum in Eatonton. The workshop fee is $45 and the first five people to register receive a complimentary ticket to Taste of Eatonton on the afternoon of Oct. 1.  

Register by contacting Georgia Writers Museum or 

Many of us have boxes stuffed with favorite recipes to remind us of the people, places, and occasions that shape our lives.  What if you could polish the best and organize them into a keepsake cookbook — with stories and other mementos — to be treasured by loved ones for generations to come? This session will cover writing recipes like a pro; adding context with stories, oral history, photos, and lively food descriptions; and weaving together the elements into a cohesive format designed for the kitchen or bedside table. Susan also offers resources for those who wish to self-publish for intimate gift-giving, as well as for those interested in pursuing more ambitious commercial projects.  Participants are encouraged — but not required — to send recipes from their own collections to the instructor beforehand ( to add to the discussion.


Susan Puckett is a James Beard-nominated food journalist and editor who has authored or collaborated on more than a dozen books. She was the food editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for nearly 19 years and today contributes to its Food section and other media outlets.

As a rookie reporter for her hometown newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson, Miss., she wrote stories about working gristmills, cushaw melons, molasses-making and other fading food traditions around the state. The newspaper compiled those pieces in a book, A Cook’s Tour of Mississippi 

This experience led her to study food and nutrition in-depth at Iowa State University, where she wrote her second book, A Cook’s Tour of Iowa. Noted American regional food writers Jane and Michael Stern praised it as “an account of the way Americans really eat … a rarity within gastronomic literature.”

Since then, Puckett has been a staff food writer and editor for The (Cleveland, OH)  Plain Dealer and South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and written about food for numerous media outlets around the country, including Eating Well, CNN, Plate, Better Homes and Gardens, National Geographic Traveler, The Local Palate, Saveur, and The Food  While at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she and her staff garnered dozens of awards for writing and editing from the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Food Journalists.  Susan lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her journalist husband, Ralph Ellis. 

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