Eat Your Words: Juxtaposition and Ragu
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.
Juxtaposition (noun): the placement of two characters, places or ideas parallel to each other in an effort to highlight and compare their differences.
Example: In The Hangman's Daughter, the juxtaposition of the main character–Jakob Kuisl, an executioner–with his daughter, Magdalena, is marked due to his dark status as a life-ender and her headstrong, youthful personality. This device works best when employed to compare two similar entities (such as father and daughter, in this case), especially when the difference between them is unexpected and extreme.
Ragu (noun): an Italian meat sauce, typically served over pasta.
Example: In her hearty guanciale and beef ragu, Kate Bernot puts a spin on the traditional ragu. Sticking with the usual ground beef, tomatoes, onions, celery and white wine, she swapped in some guanciale in place of leaner pork sausage. The result? An earthy, warming stew perfect for cold nights and not to be confused with a ragout.