Eat Your Words: Contrast and Pastry
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.
Contrast (noun): "the comparison or juxtaposition of things that are different."
Example: Matthew Goodman's Eighty Days is a study of contrasts. Take, first, the two main characters, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Though both female New York journalists, the former is known for her pluck and adventurousness, while the other is relatively unknown, preferring literary salons to the spotlight. Add to this the ladies' descriptions of far-off lands as they travel the globe; with each passing port, they add more and more to the differences they find from home and from their last stop. By comparing these characters and places, Goodman better describes them relative to each other through the use of contrast.
Pastry (noun): sweet desserts made from high-fat dough.
Example: In my cinnamon rollsrecipe, I used puff pastry to cut down on the time needed to make this dessert. These frozen pastry sheets are similar to regular pastry dough in that they have a high fat content. The Pepperidge Farm version has 10 grams of fat per serving, while some homemade pastry doughs – such as this pie crust – have up to 15.6 grams of fat per serving. No wonder experts say pastries should be an occasional treat!
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