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Josh Bovill 12DA 27/03/09
English Coursework food commentary.
The inspiration for this piece of coursework came from the work of Jamie Oliver,
specifically his book `Jamie at Home'. The theme of this book is `Cook Your Way to the
Good Life' and `Home is where the heart is...' basically it promotes healthy living built
around a balanced `homemade' style diet.
`The book is very close to Jamie's heart. It's about nononsense, simple cooking with great
flavours all year round. When he began writing it, he didn't really know what recipes he
would come up with, but something began to inspire me very quickly... his vegetable patch!
Jamie came to realise last year that it's not always about looking out at the wider world for
inspiration. Being at home, feeling relaxed and open, can also offer this. He loves to spend
time at home in the village where he grew up, working with the boss, Mother Nature, in his
garden and seeing all his beautiful veggies coming out of the ground.
Inside the book you'll find over 100 new recipes, plus some basic planting information and
tips if you fancy having a go at getting your hands dirty as well!'
This is the blurb from the book it briefly describes the author, the book and what the
audience will gain from this read.
For my coursework I have focused on promoting the nononsense simplicity of my style
I have thought up three recipe's similar to ones in the book. My Garden Pea Salad is based
on Jamie's Green salad, My Moroccan Fish Stew is based on Jamie's Roasted White Fish
and Leeks and my Berries with Mint Crème is based on Jamie's Grilled Strawberries with
Pimm's and Vanilla Ice Cream.
I chose these recipes because these are foods that I myself would cook and eat this is
important because it gives the vibe that what I am writing is personal and this is what Jamie
does in his book.
Graphology is fundamental to this style of writing. I have tried to portray the graphics of my
work in a similar fashion to that of my style model. Bold, colourful titles entice the reader to
read further the introduction supports this further by giving a brief description of what is to
come. The main body of the text is more bland one colour and a small easy to read font
tells the reader that its time to get to business. However the more serious parts of the page
are softened by the important extracts of the text being pulled out and made bigger, bolder
and usually in a different colour to really highlight what needs to be read.
The Lexis used by Jamie in his book is an important aspect of creating his specific style and
his language features suit this particular genre, context, audience and purpose. Lexical
cohesion occurs in the text because the words have an affinity each other. These
collocations occur when words link together, e.g. ¼ cup and 1 15ounce can. The Lexical
field is relevant to the style of a cookbook words like chop, colander and tablespoon show
The style model uses Standard English and correct grammar. However an exception to this
is the ingredients list, which does not use capital letters or full stops. This is quite distinctive
in other texts written by Jamie. I have carried this distinct style through to my own work in
the larger extracts from the main body i.e. `preparation time less than 30 minutes'.


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