Assignment: prepare a meal a bit beyond your usual level of culinary skill. Write about it.
Ø Describe your planning and preparations. How did you chose the menu and recipes?
Ø As you prepare the meal, taste individual ingredients, take notes and try to describe the flavors and aromas.
Ø Presentation – arrange the meal artistically and take a photo (you can email the photo)
Ø Eat it! Describe the tastes – analyze the contribution of each ingredient.
Ø Is there any cultural heritage or family context that is associated with this food?
A suggestion, especially for those new to cooking – pick a few favorite dishes and make them again and again. For more on this approach, see the DVD extras for Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003). Director Robert Rodriguez discusses making puerco pibil (the clip is also on YouTube).
A+ = vivid writing that is emotionally engaging.
A = clear writing that conveys a good mix of detail and overview.
B = adequate writing that lacks detail or is missing an overall perspective.
C = generally adequate writing but incorrect or confusing use of terms
D = incomplete work; poor writing
F = does not meet standards for college work, but much better than zero points for the assignment