Eat Your Words: Epilogue and Dumpling
Devouring books and crafting meals is great–but sounding smart while you do it is even better. That’s why we’re teaching you to eat your words. In this weekly guide, we introduce one literary device (PAPER) and one culinary term (PLATES) everyone should know.
Epilogue (noun): a section of a story that acts as an afterword after the final chapter has ended; it is used to add detail and insight once the main points of the plot are over.
Example: In Please Look After Mom, the epilogue follows the daughter, who travels to Rome on a whim with her boyfriend. It is there that she uncovers some sense closure after her mother’s disappearance. Without this section, the reader would never know about her trip, and therefore learn nothing about what happens to the family following the final chapter of the novel. In an interview with literary magazine Sampsiona Way, author Kyung-Sook Shin says,
After finishing the novel, I kept questioning, “Is this all? Did I really tell everything about Mom?” Of course, my answer was “No.” Instead, the story continues. That’s why I started the epilogue by saying “Mom has been missing for nine months.” The search for Mom is not over yet.
This novel is a story that is erased, but at the same time continues. It is very similar to the change of seasons. It is a cycle. In our lives there will be one mom, and another mom, and another mom. Of course, their lives will be very different, but they are all moms. That’s why I think a story about Mom cannot have any conclusion. Mom is like a book we cannot finish reading. She still has some pages left, even after we’ve read the last word.
Dumpling (noun): a round mass of dough, filled with meat and vegetables and cooked by boiling, steaming or frying.
Example: In my chicken mandu recipe, I made Korean-style dumplings inspired by Please Look After Mom (below). I filled wonton wrappers with a chicken, tofu, kimchi and seasonings mixture, folded and sealed them shut using water as glue, and boiled them for four minutes before serving with dipping sauces. Instead of boiling, the mandu could be cooked by frying or steaming (another healthy option).