This is a post for those who enjoy opining in letters about musical sub-genres like twee-pop, shoegaze, trip-hop or hyperdub. One day, you--an amateur/aspiring or professional music writer--may find yourself quibbling over the finer tastes of "cave in cave aged cheese," or amount of "freedom in free-range chicken" or other such nuances of prepared delicacies. To put it bluntly: the characteristics that allow you to be a music writer may give you the tools to become a successful food writer.
This theory, floated by blogger Drew Tewksbury, boils down to the notion that "both music and food journalism deal with writing about something intangible." Thus, in order to describe something that isn't there, "analogy, comparison, hyperbole" are used to fill in the gaps about the texture of music (i.e. a "chilling" bassline). "Music journalists coin phrases and make up terms for genres that have never existed before. Chill wave? Witch House? Coke Rap? We describe something by its effects, like describing the wind by the movement of the trees," Tewksbury writes. And while food writing is much more of the "sensory related" variety, "food and music writing are linked."