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Eat Your Words: Personification and Souffle

Eat Your Words: Personification and Souffle

Eat your words

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.


Personification (noun): the application of human traits or qualities to a non-human object or being.

Example: It is interesting that the title of this week's book refers to a tiger's wife, since tigers actually do not mate for life. According to the World Wildlife Fund, tigers are typically solitary animals except for relationships between mother and offspring. Therefore, the concept of a tiger having a wife is wholly unusual, and actually an instance of personification. While spouses are the norm in many human relationships, this is not so for animals, and particularly for tigers. As such, giving a tiger a wife is akin to placing human attributes on the animal.


Souffle (noun): French; a baked dish intended to be served hot from the oven; the inclusion of eggs allows it to rise above its mold as it bakes.

Example: Caryn baked little lemon souffles this week, halving and hollowing out lemons before filling them with souffle batter and popping them in the oven to rise. First, she created her yellow flavored filling. Then, the meringues. Finally, she combined the two and stuffed the hollow lemons to just below the rims before baking. And when they came out of the oven, they look like this:

Lemon Souffles

See past Eat Your Words installments here.

Sources: Dictionary.com | Cookthink

Book Recommendation: Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson

Book Recommendation: Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson

Inspired Recipe: Little Lemon Souffles

Inspired Recipe: Little Lemon Souffles