English Food Anthology

Summary of texts within the AS level Food Anthology - 2012 course

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Text 1 - The Butcher's Shop

Purpose - Influence/entertain

Methods -

  • Direct address = confrontational tone
  • Declarative
  • No images = looks serious
  • Connotes meat with death = meaty smile -> cinister
  • Pragmatics = suggests blame but never says exactly what she means
  • Animals are portrayed as defenceless = "strung"
  • Highly descriptive = sympathy

Could be compared to -

  • Beef Stroganoff - Text 8 - one is confrontational, one is friendly
  • Nigella - Text 17 - One demotes, one promotes
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Text 2 - Eating Out

Purpose - Entertain -> poignant

Methods -

  • Consistent structure = couplets -> last line stands alone... like the daughter
  • Enjambment = telling a story
  • Pragmatics = dominance... "supervised" "but did the ordering"
  • Adjectives connote dislike of "Eating Out" = "indigestable" - hard to take it all in

Could be compared to -

  • The Sweet Menu - Text 3 - both negative experiences of food in similar environments
  • Glory Glory Be to Chocolate - Text 8 - one dislikes luxury, one promotes/ loves it
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Text 3 - The Sweet Menu

Purpose - Entertain

Methods -

  • Internal monologue = italicised words are speech = sense of sarcasm
  • Connotations of being artificial = "but the flower is plastic" -> connotes the situation -> "looks good in the light" -> about looking good not being genuine
  • Structured in couplets = except last line -> "it hasn't come to much" -> reference to the price and the experience in general = ambiguous ending
  • Internal monologue = complex and specific
  • Speech = basic and functional

Could be compared to -

  • Eating Out - Text 2 - both negative experiences of food in similar environments
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Text 4 - Grandpa's Soup

Purpose - Entertain

Methods -

  • Structed as the narrator's train of thought
  • Stanza one = talking about the soup - Stanza two = talking about Grandpa
  • Repetition of "perfect" = connotes idolising Grandpa
  • Colloquial language = says things as she remembers them -> "Barley! That's the name of the wee soft bits. Barley."
  • Enjambment = "your soup is the best [new line] soup in the whole world."   -> Makes "best" stand out

Could be compared to -

  • John Torode - both reminisce the memories associated with food
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Text 5 - The Coming of Yams and Mangoes and Mounta

Purpose - Entertain

Methods -

  • Personification = "Caribbean hills have moved..." "Sun's..."
  • Movement of food connotes multi-culturalism - movement of people = "Breadfruit a green football,"
  • Cultural contrasts = "hidden sunset" and "London baskets" "Red buses pass for donkeys now,"
  • Imagery mirrors change = "grown into long shapes. [New Line] Others grew fisty and knobbled."
  • Listing = excitement/ enthusiasm and appreciation - "chocho, okra, sweetsop, soursop, sorrel - "

Could be compared to -

  • John Torode - Text 9 - Both about how views of food have changed
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Text 6 - Glory Glory Be to Chocolate

Purpose - Entertain

Methods - 

  • Links chocolate to glory = "Glory" -> heavenly?
  • Juxtaposition = "Naughty But Nice"
  • Enjambment = poem flows which connotes the silkiness and smoothness of the chocolate
  • Stanzas get shorter = 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 1 -> connotes excitement changing to satisfaction
  • Personification - "descendants of Theobroma Cacao," 

Could be compared to -

  • Eating Out - Text 2 -  one dislikes luxury, one promotes/ loves it
  • Grandpa's Soup - Text 4 - both demonstrate a love and positive view of the food they describe
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Text 7 - Receipt to make Soup

Purpose - Instruct/ inform

Methods - 

  • Imperative sentences = instruction
  • Permissive sentences = satirical - telling a clergyman he "can" steal
  • Last 4 sentences break rhyme scheme = reflects time for simmering the dish
  • Pun on double meaning = "Will it fill Dean and Chapter!" - to be full or to be content
  • Finale of poem = "!" - represents completion of dish
  • Simplistic = mostly monosyllabic words

Could be compared to - 

  • Nigella - Text 17 - Both instruct on how to make a dish of some kind
  • "A Modest Proposal" Extract - Text 22 - Both have satirical tones
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Text 8 - Beef Stroganoff

Purpose - Advertise/ persuade

Methods -

  • Structured like a recipe - ingredients listed and instructions provided
  • Direct Address - friendly tone -> talks to the reader ... encouraging but not confrontational
  • Light-hearted, humour = "you can serve it with fresh country vegetables but I find it easier to use a large spoon."
  • Use of images to promote = includes a picture of the Bisto product - endorsement
  • Subtle advertising = Bisto granules are not first on the list of ingredients

Could be compared to - 

  • The Butcher's Shop - Text 1 - one is confrontational, one is friendly
  • 'Jonathan Crisp' packaging - Text 23 - both advertisements - one is "typical", one is disguised / more subtle
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Text 9 - Why We All Need To Eat Red Meat - John To

Purpose - Inform

Methods - 

  • Colloquial language = "stuff" - comfortable tone - not confrontational
  • Rhetorical questions = "but was it?" - makes the reader think
  • Exaggeration = "We ate platters of it," - persuasive device
  • Personal Experience = relates to the topic
  • Use of images = complements the topic discussed in the article
  • Use of facts = persuasive device - more likely to be believed
  • Counter-argument provided = seems more knowledgeable about the topic and not so biased

Could be compared to - 

  • Vegetarian Society - Text 11 - Both online resources. one supports eating meat - the other does not
  • Grandpa's Soup - Text 4 -  both reminisce the memories associated with food
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Text 10 - Tripe

Purpose - Inform

Methods - 

  • Readers' reactions will depend upon whether they are aware of / like tripe
  • Vague introduction to keep people interested
  • Specific audience but accessible to those without experience of Tripe
  • Objective view
  • Full explanation legitimates the point made about the food
  • Simple syntax
  • Graphology = subheadings - easy to follow
  • Inferred meanings = Tripe is 'misunderstood' - perceptions of the food have affected sales and enjoyment 

Could be compared to - 

  • 'Olive' Review Article - Text 12 - One is objective, one is subjective
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Text 11 - Understanding and respect for vegetarian

Purpose - Inform

Methods - 

  • Bullet points = easy to follow - step-by-step
  • Use of images = makes it more personal as they are followed by quotes from those people - personal experiences
  • Use of imperative sentence starters = suggest knowledge - "try," "buy,"
  • Permissive sentences= "if it suits you..." suggests possibility, not force
  • Neutral colours = does not look offensive to the eye 

Could be compared to - 

  • John Torode - Text 9 - Both online articles. One promotes meat - the other does not
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Text 12 - 'Olive' Pizza Review

Purpose - Inform/ persuade

Methods -

  • Graphology = use of columns - article layout 
  • Use of images = demonstrate what is being described in the review
  • Subheadings = easy to navigate and follow
  • Easy - to - find ratings = bold, orange font for quick access
  • Informal; yet knowledgeable = "tomatoey" "reassuring air pockets"
  • Subjective review - opinions = but includes objective restaurant information e.g. prices, locations and contact details
  • Use of present tense = the reader feels involved - "topping is a little stingy"

Could be compared to - 

  • Tripe - Text 10 -  One is objective, one is subjective
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Text 13 - Review of The Modern, Manchester

Purpose - Inform/ persuade

Methods - 

  • Play on the word "trouper" in the title = 'reliable, uncomplaining, hard-working person' or 'trooper' e.g. associated with army
  • Graphology = images and columns - article format
  • Use of oxymorons = "sublimely charmless" - sarcastic tone
  • Colloquial language = "pud" - relates to the reader in a friendly way
  • Direct address = "you" - speaks directly to the reader
  • One column is all about his car breaking down (the general experience) which suggests something mundane like a car breaking down deserves to be spoken about and is more interesting than his restaurant experience

Could be compared to - 

  • 'Olive' Restaurant Review - Text 12 - Both reviews - one is more satirical
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Text 14 - The Modern Menu

Purpose - Inform/ persuade

Methods -

  • Persuasive language = "fat cut chips" ... instead of "chips"
  • Objective-looking description = you get what's described
  • Informative document = description helps customer make a choice
  • Subheadings and columns = easy to follow - ease of access
  • Important information/ specific information is shown in boxes so that it stands out 
  • Neutral fonts = accessible to all customers

Could be compared to -

  • Any of Texts 1-6 - they contain elaborate description - this does not
  • 'Jonathan Crisp' Packaging - Text 23 - one is typically persuasive, the other is objectively persuasive
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