Composing an essay on a particular subject is one of the most common home assignments. One of the typical topics most students have to write on is culture – that is, literature, art, music, theaters, movies and national traditions. However, culture is not only about that. One of the most interesting aspects of any country’s cultural heritage is national cuisine.
How Do I Start a “Food-and-Cuisine” Essay?
First of all, you have to think about the type of your essay. There are different kinds of them:
- Analytical etc.
If you’re just going to describe some foodstuffs, recipes and traditions, you’re most probably going to write a narrative or a descriptive one. However, if you want to compare things or prove why this one tastes better than that one, you may want to consider the compare/contrast or the persuasive types.
How Do I Catch the Readers’ Attention?
If you want to make your food-and-cuisine essay really interesting to read, you have to pick up a catchy topic. If you’re free to select one, try choosing something exotic. Do some research on rare oriental dishes, or on the most expensive foods in different countries. Another option is adding some social aspects and comparing food situation and national dishes around the world. If you have to write about your country’s national cuisine, try to find some unknown facts or stories how your food traditions emerged.
After you’ve selected the topic, here is how you go on:
- Introduce your topic.
- Explain why it is interesting.
- Go into detail.
- Describe your experience with this cuisine (optional).
- Draw some conclusions.
Introduce the cuisine you’re going to write about. Give some general facts about its origin and history.
Try your best to prove that this country, this cuisine, or these food traditions are incredibly interesting to study. Tell some unknown facts or share a funny story about it.
Describe the cuisine you’re writing about. Is it European? Asian? African? Is it spicy? Does it include dumplings? Sushi? Deep-fried insects? The golden rule of this part is: provide as many details as possible, but try to keep the whole description brief.
If you ever tried any dishes you described, or if you tried cooking them, share your story and opinion.
Write whether you’d recommend trying this kind of food and why (or why not). You may also consider giving a short recipe of your favorite dish and encourage the readers to try cooking it.