HAPPY 2019!! Today we start a new adventure in writing: #FoodFictionFriday. Our first theme is BEGINNINGS.
The Art of Cookery Plain and Simple by Hannah Glasse was the most popular cookbook in 18th-century England. Her recipe for hare soup was said to have started with this line:
“First, catch your hare.”
In just four introductory words, we get a picture of minimal resources (no FreshDirect here), industriousness, and a no-nonsense author speaking to an equally pragmatic audience.
Now your turn. Start your own recipe while also conveying another world beyond the food at hand. Your recipe can portray a time, place, or set of values. It can say something about the mindset of the author, or the nature of the audience. Some examples: a teenage daughter documenting her father’s cookie recipe after he leaves their family. Or an unscrupulous caterer stealing a rival’s famous dish. Convey these meanings and relationships within your recipe.
Keep it short. That’s the challenge.
INSTRUCTIONS (for this and all assignments):
Post your work this Friday using the hashtag #FoodFictionFriday and tag me at @jessica_tom. Feel free to use the text as your image, or post your writing as the caption along with a complementary image. I’ll be posting my work, too. (Note: I’ll usually announce assignments on Monday, but this week is extra short since Jan 1 is a Tuesday.)
Follow #FoodFictionFriday and support your fellow writers with words of encouragement. I’ll be in the mix cheering you on and offering feedback.
Read, set… write!! Can’t wait to read your “recipes”!