Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Cooking is like storytelling for hungry people!
Further to Hannelore's insightful and oh-so-adorable comment, I submit that cooking is like storytelling (for hungry people). There are certain elements you need to set up first - characters, world, rules of conduct - that are akin to the garlic, onions and other spices you saute before beginning to cook. Then you have the things that take a long time to pay off - the plot, the beginnings of sub-plots, character introductions and intrigue - which are things like meat or particularly troublesome vegetables. Next come the little details that add flavour and nutritional value - common vegetables, mostly - which account for the actions that happen along the way to your dramatic finale. Last, but not least, you have the garnishes - sauces, parsley, the presentation of the dish, etc - which finish off your story, wrap everything up and add the last little pieces of deliciousness that make a good meal great.
Having said all that, however, I'm a thoroughly mediocre cook, possibly because creativity - my favourite element of writing - doesn't translate necessarily well when attempting to follow a recipe. I suppose the same would go for someone trying to be creative with narrative theories before they understand those theories, but when you write a poor story, you at least have something to salvage. Burnt chocolate lasts forever.
at 11:23 PM