Eat Your Words: Out Of Print and Quarter
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.
Out Of Print (adj.): a book no longer sold by the publisher.
Example: Many books go out of print after the publisher completes a pre-determined run in which a certain number are printed and sold, whether directly or through retail outlets. As Katie Halpern mentions in this week's book recommendation, The Rector and the Rogue is one such title, which was originally published in 1968 and then out of print for decades until it was recently printed again. Often, out of print books can be found in special sections of independent bookstores, which sometimes sell old or used copies.
Quarter (verb): to divide into four equal pieces.
Example: Katie's prosciutto-wrapped stuffed datesrecipe is a series of simple steps, including quartering the meat. In this case, she takes the round slice of thin prosciutto and cuts it into four equal pieces, each of which is then wrapped around a single stuffed date before baking. Doing this allows her to end up with the right size of wrapping for each date while preventing waste that would come from trimming down prosciutto slices another way.
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