Eat Your Words: Drama and Roast
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 bring you literary devices and culinary terms everyone should know.
Drama (noun): originally, dramas were compositions destined for the stage; today, the terms describes literature that encompasses an element of of conflict or contrast in character by way of dialogue or other means.
Example: The playwright William Shakespeare is known as one of the world's greatest dramatic composers. His dramatic works graced English stages during his lifetime in the late 16th Century, and continue to be performed today. Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar are among his most famous dramatic works.
Though not written for the stage, and certainly not on the level of Shakespeare, Sam Lipsyte's The Ask is a dramatic novel, filled to the brim with drama that envelops Milo Burke, the protagonist, and threatens to destroy him.
Roast (verb): unlike baking, roasting refers to cooking foods, usually in an oven, at high direct and indirect heat (typically in the 400-500° range). Essential to roasting is fat–whether naturally present in the item, as in the case of meats, or added to prevent burning, such as oil spread over vegetables.
Example: In her recipe inspired by The Ask, Katie Halpern roasted bell peppers before stuffing them. This transformed the peppers from stiff vessels into softer, caramelized components of the meal themselves. By roasting the peppers at high heat before adding the filling, Katie allowed them to become soft enough to easily eat, something which would not have been achieved by simply baking them while stuffed full of other vegetables and cheese.