Eat Your Words: Travelogue and Toast
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.
Travelogue (noun): a narrative about travel, frequently a piece of writing or a motion picture.
Example: Though Amy eloquently argues otherwise, her recommended read this week, Tim Parks' Italian Ways, certainly is a travelogue, among other things. In this book, Parks details the surprises, challenges and beauty of the Italian rail system, describing the experience of traversing Italy from the vantage of a train passenger. Other famous travelogues include Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations, Jon Krakauer's Into the Wildand Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love.
Toast (verb): to brown by exposure to dry heat.
Example: In her recipe for gluten-free Italian pistachio cookies, Amy instructs us to toast our pistachios before chopping them up to use in the cookies. Doing so preserves the crispiness of the nuts as they bake within other ingredients. Not only that, untoasted nuts lack an extra depth of flavor that can't be achieved through normal baking within cookies or other dishes. This is because the batter or other ingredients shield the nuts from the heat, preventing them from getting hot enough to toast.