May 19, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
The AP Stylebook was my Bible for four years of college and three years of grown-up life.
For my non-journo readers, the AP Stylebook is sort of like a dictionary for reporters. It’s the book you look in if you have a question about how to spell a brand, the proper usage of a particular term, etc., to maintain consistency in newspapers. For instance, I would go to the Stylebook if I didn’t know if Walmart has a hyphen, or when to use the term “transgender” versus “transexual,” or whether to capitalize the word “Dumpster.”
Anyhoo, the Stylebook has added a 16-page food guidelines section to its latest edition, according to Poynter.org. The section provides such entries as:
- pears – In general, capitalize most varieties, including Anjou, Asian (also called apple pear), Bosc and Bartlett.
- locavore – The preferred term for a person who strives to eat locally produced foods.
- blind bake – To bake the crust of a pie before filling it.