Eat Your Words: Point of View and Caramel
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.
Point of view (noun): the perspective from which the story is told, based on who is telling it. This can change throughout a narrative.
Example: In Gone Girl, the point of view shifts between that of Amy (the murdered wife) and Nick (the grieving widower). As such, author Gillian Flynn is able to feed the reader details some of the characters may not know, as well as catch him or her up on the past while keeping up with the present. In a mystery such as this one, such details can make the story all the more robust and exciting.
Caramel (noun): a chewy candy that is made as the result of heating sugar until it changes color and reaches the desired consistency.
Example: In her blood orange caramels recipe, Mariam uses basics such as two kinds of sugar, heavy cream and butter to create her caramels. According to the Science of Cooking, the sugar and protein in the cream undergo something called the Maillard reaction – the same as what happens when you toast nuts, grill meat or put on self-tanner – which is what causes the candy to take on its characteristic caramel color. If, like Mariam, you're interested in tweaking the caramel's flavor, adding things like reduced juices, nuts and sea salt can go a long way.
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