Happy #UPColorado Thursday!
A little #mswl: I'm (@AllegraMartsch) looking 4 scholars researching food co-ops + community gardening among marginalized ppls as a method of #envirojustice. Would ❤️ an interdisciplinary lens. If you know someone working in this area let me know!
Narrative nonfiction (all categories):
- Geek culture
- Food & Wine books; or tie food & wine to travel
- Science (especially if it's space-driven or about tech advancements)
- History (especially those by and about underrepresented voices in US History) (6/6) #mswl
Food books! All ages! Fiction or non! I've been working for Food & Wine mag for 6 years; I have a massive collection of weird old cookbooks; I am obsessed with culinary history & postwar cookery from an anthropological perspective, & I want to work on your food books.
Adult: Narrative nonfiction/memoir about food, Southern culture, adventure, extreme sports, journeys, science/medicine, from perspectives we have not seen before/enough of & whose narratives tackle bigger-picture subjects alongside personal narratives.
My wishlist in a nutshell: diaspora, liminal spaces, counterintuitive, memoir w/ reportage, food, social horror, mythology, light speculative, NYC stories, historical, contemporary, multigenerational. And always, always prioritizing intersectional work from marginalized writers.
-stories that play with form & storytelling
-retelling genre mashups (eg. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club, Warm Bodies, Hadestown)
-stories where food plays a major role
-all the feels (take me on an emotional rollercoaster)
As an acquiring editor and a huge food nerd, I’m looking for cookbook proposals from authors with an established platform! #mswl Recipe writers/testers or literary agents with lifestyle/nonfiction authors, take note 🤞🏼
MG nonfiction that uses humor and playful formats to bring readers to both evergreen & rapidly evolving topics; in particular, I'd love to learn about civics, media literacy, mental health, body positivity, and food in fresh ways
indulgent little birthday #mswl:
🎁 horror, especially anything ft. cults, cannibalism, bloodthirsty girls
🎁 deadly-decadent-court intrigue sff
🎁 decolonial, perceptive travel/food writing
🎁 literary voices exploring the seam of glamour & repulsion
🎁 i will read Any Bluebeard
This year, I'm focusing on growing my #nonfiction list. I'd love to work on popular science, social science, and food books. Voicey writing. Think Mary Roach, Adam Grant. Climate, space, the ocean, biology. Mental health, personality science. Cookbooks! Chemistry of cooking #MSWL
Helen Rosner @hels"Another course — a citrus foam — was served in a plaster cast of the chef's mouth. Absent utensils, we were told to lick it out of the chef's mouth."
jesus christ @everywhereist this is so upsetting everywhereist.com/2021/12/bros-r… pic.twitter.com/3F46jS0uIo
OK, yes, this is horrifying. But as someone equally obsessed with food & horror, this is like an excerpt right out of my dream novel, so big #MSWL energy in this foamy mouth.
I’m YA: I would love to see stories from BIPOC creators that explores culture through things like music or food or art. The way those things can connect us to culture and also cross cultural barriers is a relatable way to explore identity, especially in the YA space. #mswl
i love all my novelists and memoirists, but if you're writing researched/reported nonfiction about science, sociology, history, linguistics, music, food, fashion/beauty, media, some combination thereof or whatever else you're nerdy about, please query me! #mswl
A quick #MSWL for picture books:
I always, always love the intersection of family and food - keep me in mind for these!
But I have some specific desires right now in PBs, related to my own disability experience in myself and my family.