Food Writer

Writers are forever being asked how they get their ideas. It’s easy. Just pick a subject, for example, salt, sugar, coffee, tea or garlic. For example you could write an entire essay on any of these apple topics:

Adam’s apple

An apple a day

Apple aromatherapy

Apple cart: who upset it?

Apple cider

Apple facts: In 2010, an Italian-led consortium announced they had decoded the complete genome of the apple (Golden delicious variety). It had about 57,000 genes, the highest number of any plant genome studied to date and more genes than the human genome (about 30,000).

Apple for the teacher: We’re confused about apples. “They” say we should give an apple to the teacher, even though the teacher might prefer to receive a nice bottle of wine. “They” say red wine is good for us. And we should exercise more.  This sounds to me like a regime in which we should jog from bar to bar.

Apple pie: When Mom serves an apple pie it is still interpreted as a loving thing to do  — even a frozen apple pie from the supermarket, when reheated in the microwave is like a “gift” to the family, as though we’re nostalgically holding hands with from one generation to the next.

Apple lore

Apple of my eye: (You are mine, believe me.)

Apple pie bed

Apple quote: Mark Twain observed: “Adam was but human — this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple’s sake, he wanted it only because it was forbidden.”

Applebee’s corporate philosophy

Apples in advertising

Apples in art

Apples in history

Apples in literature

Apples in religion: Apples are eaten with honey at the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year.


Appletini: A martini is a martini by any other name

Bad apple

Big apple

Big Mac apple computer

Big Mac apple dipper (how sweet is is…)

Candy apples

Cooking techniques

Cooking tools

Cornell pomology department: foremost study center

Curious customs: dunking for apples

Dried apple dolls

Farmer: Farmers are asked (nicely) to grow apples that are exactly 3 ½ inches in diameter. This is because supermarkets can cram the largest number of 3 ½ inch apples into the smallest space while building a geometrically perfect display that won’t topple.  A 3½-inch was a big apple breakthrough. It followed the previous triumph in which apple trees were dwarfed to a uniform height that enables an apple picker to harvest the crop without having to climb up and down a ladder all day long.

Geographical distribution of apples: 2,500 named apple varieties are grown in the United States with more than 7,500 produced worldwide, according to the U.S. Apple Association.

Only about 100 varieties are grown commercially, with 15 making up 90 percent of the harvest. These mass-market selections are bred primarily for their appearance, high yields, size, bruise-resistance – and longer shelf life. (Wikipedia)

Golden apple

Gwyneth Paltrow named her child Apple. Why?

Heirloom apple seeds

History: Apples have a very long history that seemingly began with Adam and Eve in which it is depicted as both the symbol of temptation and disobedience while in the bible it is designated as the Tree of Knowledge in the bible.  Thus the apple has both a good reputation and a bad one. This notion nicely satisfies our yearning to sin and repent simultaneously. When Adam took a bite from the apple, he and Eve were damned and expelled from the Garden of Eden. Immediately they went forth and multiplied. (Current world population is 6,602,224,175 (July 2007 est.)

How to make a dried apple doll

How to make an apple pie (recipe)

How to store apples

Johnny Appleseed

Lifecycle from seed to harvest

Newton’s apple


Old Wives tales

Origin of The Big Apple

Poisoned apple: Mythology of the Sleeping Beauty

Public relations apple expert


Specialized apple cooking equipment

Storing apples

Varieties of apples (there are an estimated 7,500 apple cultivars)

Now it’s your turn.