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Ha 1 Importance of Food in Family and Society: Creating Bonds through Harmony, Sacrifice, and Reconciliation Youngjoo Ha March 11, 2006 Writing 20 – Food and History as Pleasure in Latin America Section 45 Writing Project #3 Draft 4
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Ha 2 The word “homesick” precisely describes the phase I was going through when the project for the Writing 20 class, Food and History as Pleasure in Latin America, was assigned. Not seeing my family for a couple of months and spring break only being a month away created a time of yearning to be home. Little did I know that the project would provide me with exactly what I needed: elements that resembled the meals I had with my family, which helped us build strong bonds. The three moments of the project, which include preparing a meal; eating the meal together with my classmates, professor, and her husband; and cleaning up afterward added up to be an unusual – cooking together with classmates on a Sunday night in a house was definitely not what I was expecting as a part of my undergraduate years at Duke University – but surprisingly pleasant experience. The professor was merely a guide in the entire process; we were in control of the project, including choosing the recipe, acquiring the ingredients, locating non-food materials such as kitchen and cooking utensils, cooking the meal, setting up the table, eating the food, and refreshing the table and kitchen. I will talk about the common elements, which are sacrifice, harmony, and reconciliation, and how I was able to find them in the experience I had with my class, meals I had with my family, and Latin American culture as shown in Laura Esquivel’s novel, Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies . I will analyze the common elements to show how they play important roles in creating strong family bonds. Ultimately, I will identify the importance of togetherness in families that gives people a sense of belonging and thereby helping them find their identities in society.
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Ha 3 One of the common elements of the meal I had with my classmates and our family meals was sacrifice. During the process of choosing the recipe, certain compromises and sacrifices had to be made. Because there were some vegetarians in class, we had to make sure that there were some dishes without meat. At last, we all agreed to make asopao, a soup from Puerto Rico mainly made of chicken breasts and rice; arepas, Venezuelan bread made of masa harinia flour; Rosca de Reyes, also known as Three Kings Bread; and frosty virgin margaritas. The menu consisted of ethnic dishes from different countries in Latin America that could be consumed by both vegetarians and meat lovers. Suggesting different ideas and finally deciding on the dishes reminded me of our family ritual of deciding which dish to cook on New Year’s Day. Because we each have different favorite dish, it is always difficult to decide on only a couple of dishes to make for the feast. Every year, someone has to make a sacrifice and hope that
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