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Cook ‘book Report’

A normal book report requires you to first read through the book and then communicate what you understand. This project will have you do the same thing, but with a cookbook instead.

If you need a bit of inspiration before you get started, check out this book review of Gordon Ramsay’s cookbook Cookbook Video Review

the_french_chef_cookbookDeveloping Categories

When looking at something and reporting on what you see, you want to come up with reasons why it is different or similar to something else. Asking questions like: “how complicated are these recipes,” or “this cookbook is authored by a famous chef, does that mean I’ll ever use the recipes?”. Questions like these help us determine some categories for figuring out the type and quality of our chosen cookbook.

You will need to come up with 15 categories (i.e. quality of a recipe, region specific)

This section should be completed and submitted online by Tuesday, May 18th.

Choosing a Book

This is entirely up to you. Obviously spending time reporting on a book that’s boring or of little interest to you will be. . .boring! So, choose wisely and be excited about your decision as it will greatly affect your final report.

This decision should be submitted online by Thursday, May 20th.
You should include the author, publisher, when it was published, title, and 3 reasons why you’re excited about this book

Reporting on your Book

This will be a written report and it should look as follows:

1. One paragraph on how and why you chose this book (you can use the information you already submitted to me, but it should be written like a paragraph, not in point form).
2. One paragraph where you answer the following about your book (a. does it state anywhere that the recipes where tested before being published – give details, b. other than recipes, what else does the book contain – photos, diagrams, stories, give details).
3. One to three paragraphs where you use the categories you developed to describe the book. (e.g. one category you might choose is how consistent the measurements are in all the recipes and you might write about how you find the recipes somewhat consistent and describe that finding by writing about two recipes in the book – “in the soup recipe, the author uses cups and teaspoon measurements, but in the cake recipe, she uses weight measurements that are metric. This is a bit confusing”.
4. One quick paragraph where you recommend your cookbook. Think of yourself talking to the whole class here (you won’t do this, of course, but. . )and try to convince them in this paragraph about why they should love this book.

This section can be either hand written and handed in, or submitted online. This is due Tuesday, May 25th

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Krista permalink
    December 4, 2009 2:30 pm

    We never got any time at all on the computers, how am I supposed to be done? My computer’s broken at home.. makes it a little hard to finish it.

    • Food School permalink*
      December 4, 2009 11:11 pm

      if your computer’s broken, how are you able to write this comment? 😉

      All the work that needs to be done is online. If you have particular issues, please list them and I will work with you on those.

  2. Bailie. A. permalink
    May 15, 2010 9:32 pm

    Hey Mr. Jess! I was just taking a look at the project that we are supposed to be thinking about…and I don’t understand what you mean by “catagories.” Could you maybe give me some more detail? I have chosen my book already, so I just need to understand what it’s asking before I move to the next step! Thanks!

    • Food School permalink*
      May 19, 2010 12:29 pm

      come see me today and I’ll go over it with you.

  3. Courtenay . C permalink
    May 19, 2010 5:07 pm

    can this be an online cookbook or does it have to be one from home ?

  4. Dana Skinner permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:27 pm

    Um. . . I choose a book online! Is that okay? Or do I have to sign it out. . dont worry, its not an inconvience! 😉

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