Dinner plate on a restaurant table. Why is food so important in my stories? DHWeinberg.com
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Why is Food So Important in My Stories?

GUILTY, AS CHARGED! I’m a foodie, and I’m proud to admit it!

Eating ramen noodles with chopsticks. Why is food so important in my stories?  I think describing foods, markets, street stalls, and restaurants helps define a culture, and really take the reader into that setting.  DH Weinberg, thriller author.  dhweinberg.comI guess that’s because my mother was such a great cook (Thank You, God!) —  and our family always ate well growing up! Nothing elaborate, mind you, but some people just know how to make food taste really good. There’s an art to cooking – way beyond following a recipe. If I needed any proof, my mom would sometimes provide me with one of her recipes – but it never turned out as good as when she made it!  Was she leaving out a few ingredients (accidentally or on purpose)? Who knows?

And then my Dad who worked for a TV network, was frequently on the road – and thus on the company expense account. So, he was used to eating in good restaurants! And occasionally, he would take us somewhere that WOW’ed us kids!  That further helped to refine my taste buds.

That refined taste followed me into adulthood.

As head of Key Account Sales for a Food Company, I too was on the road a lot. And when I went to any city, I’d read guides, blogs, articles, etc. to figure out what restaurant I wanted to try that trip. I know – I was truly, truly blessed! My wife calls me a “food snob” – because I knew what good cioppino, tikka masala, or brisket should taste like – and when unfortunately, it didn’t measure up at some restaurant.  Sorry.  I may be a food snob, but you see I came by it honestly.

That’s why food is so important in my stories.

Not the lead role, but I think describing foods, markets, street stalls, and restaurants helps define a culture, and really take the reader into that setting. I hope I did this well in my upcoming book, “No Good Deed”. I have scenes in India, Thailand, Germany, and the U.S. – and food figures prominently in each locale.

Bon Appetit, my fellow foodies (or anybody who likes good food)!

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