Your response to the reading below should be in your Reading Responses doc by 5pm CT on Monday, October 2.
- Read this Food Republic Q&A with John Lasater, founder of Hattie B’s.
- Then read this Betsy Phillips essay in the Nashville Scene.
- Then read this Rachel L. Martin story in the Bitter Southerner.
- Respond with several paragraphs of thoughts about these pieces. How, if at all, did your perspective change as you read? How do these stories about a food trend touch on broader cultural issues?
Your response to the reading below should be in your Journal doc by 5pm CT on Monday, September 18.
For your journal entry this week, you will experiment with writing a headnote, which is simply an introduction to a recipe. While headnotes often focus on the history of a dish or some practical matter related to the execution of the recipe, many writers use the headnote space to write a miniature personal essay. I would define some of the reading you’ve done as an essay-as-expanded-headnote (the excerpt from Kim Sunée’s Trail of Crumbs, for example). And some of the food memories and experiences you’ve written about in your journal could become headnotes for recipes. For your third reading assignment, I’d like you to read this packet of headnotes and this slightly personal thing about eggs.
What do you think? If you are a recipe user, do you like personal headnotes or do you prefer a more practical introduction? Could you think of your first story assignment as a headnote?
Your response to the readings below should be in your Journal doc by 5pm CT on Monday, September 11.
For your first story assignment (which we will talk about in detail during class on Tuesday, September 5), you will use food (or drink) as a vehicle to explore personal history. This week, you will read a bunch of stories that do this in different ways.
It’s a good chunk of reading, so don’t wait till the last minute. In your Journal doc, tell me which one of these is/are your favorite(s) and why. What does your favorite story do that the others don’t? Did you not like one or more of these? If so, tell me why.
Your response to the two readings below should be in your Journal doc by 5pm CT on Monday, September 4.
Read this excerpt from John McPhee’s book, Oranges. What works? What doesn’t? Do you want to keep reading this book? Why? Why or why not? What’s your favorite sentence in the excerpt? Write at least a couple of paragraphs of thoughts in your Journal doc.
Also read Rosanne Cash’s The Most Human Sound, which was published in the Oxford American. In your class journal, tell me what you think about it and then be prepared to discuss it in class on Tuesday. What do you think? How do oranges operate in this essay? Can we call this “food writing?” Either way, do you like this essay? Why? What works? What doesn’t? Write at least a couple of paragraphs of thoughts in your Journal doc.