Pick a book from this collection, and make sure it’s BEFORE 1890. After that, there tends to be more variety than we are prepared to deal with. It is well worth your time to find a book that piques your interest. Spending 5 minutes finding a book that you actually find interesting (and have something to say about) makes the assignment MUCH easier and more effective as a learning exercise. Click the “Full View” link to actually see the cookbook; if it doesn’t work for some reason, it’s probably best to just choose another one.
I’ve asked you to write a brief description of the book on the whole (see “basic goals, above”), but that’s the boring part. The fun part is READING BETWEEN THE LINES to learn about the author and American culture and cuisine from the cookbook.
As with reading reflection prompts, you might find it more interesting/useful to spend more time on some questions over others depending on the kind of cookbook you have. So don’t feel like you need to address each one explicitly, but you should try to address them as a set of questions as best you can. BE SURE YOU ARE DISCUSSING THE TOPICS FROM THE READINGS THIS WEEK IN YOUR ANALYSIS!
Any time you refer to a specific quote or idea from a specific should a have parenthetical page reference so that a reader can look it up to better understand the context. These also show the reader (and graders, in our case) HOW you are using the book in your analysis. For example: The author claims that all meat should be cooked until well done (13).
Writing is hard enough, and virtually impossible when you’re not sure what you’re trying to do. Please get in touch with questions!