Savoring Story: A Food and Story Making Workshop
If you are interested in food writing, this Community Classroom Cultural Immersion will provide you with a chance to join teacher, writer, and artist Melani “Mele” Martinez for a three hour workshop.
This workshop will explore the connections between food and language to discover how food work translates into narrative work. Students will share a hearth full of both flavor and story. “Recipes have a story arc,” and “’like a short story, a good recipe can put us in a delightful trance,” writes Bee Wilson. In “The Pleasures of Reading Recipes,” Wilson explores the narrative qualities of food preparation and recipe writing. In her lecture, “We Eat What We Are,” folklorist Maribel Alvarez says food is such an important part of our lives that it “penetrates our speech in the form of metaphor.” She shares the claim of anthropologist Mary Douglas—we must look at food as a system of communication, as something that is intrinsically symbolic.
In short excerpts, students will read famed food writers like Anthony Bourdain and Ruth Reichl as well as lesser-recognized food story-tellers who have contributed songs, prayers, or those little recipe boxes tucked away in our pantries for generations. Together, we will make food and create story, mingling the five senses in this hands-on, metaphor-building writing course.
Possible artifacts the instructor will use in this workshop:
- Excerpts from Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain.
- Excerpts from Tender at the Bone chapter, “The Queen of Mold” by Ruth Reichl
- Excerpts from “Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner.
- Excerpts from “Sentences that End with Food” by Joe Watson
- “There’s No Tortillas” by Lalo Guerrero
- Excerpts from Put an Egg On It mag– various authors
- My grandmother’s recipe box
Starting Monday, August 19, 2019, at 10 a.m. you can register online.
Refunds are available and need to be requested by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 14.
To drop this workshop, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A $25 administrative fee per cancellation will apply.