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Eat Your Words: Setting and Lentil

Eat Your Words: Setting and Lentil

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 introduce one literary device (PAPER) and one culinary term (PLATES) everyone should know.

Setting (noun): the precise when and where the action of a narrative takes place.

Example: Nazihah Adil Siddiqui explains in her review of The Yacoubian Building that the titular edifice is the setting of much of the book's action. "Once the pinnacle of prestige, the Yacoubian Building has since fallen into disrepair, with poor migrants from the countryside staking their claim over the rooftop and maintaining former storerooms as living quarters," she writes. The building, and Cairo, serve as the background in front of which the story unfolds.

Lentil (noun): the seed or fruit of a legume plant.

Example: Nazihah's Egyptian koshary recipe is chock full of brown lentils, which are considered to be among the most popular in the world. Lentils come in a variety of colors, as well as whole or split. The brown variety are popular across Europe and are used in lentil soup or alongside pork sausage and bacon lardons. Other varieties are popular in India, where they are served with rice and often function as a substitute for meat due to their high protein content.

See past installments by visiting our Eat Your Words archive!

Sources: Brittanica | Dictionary.com | CookThink

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