Imagine that you were to cook up that character. I’m asking you to record what comprises that person.
1. Select a character from the literary work you are currently devouring.
2. List character traits and descriptions as they appear in the novel, short story, biography, etc.
3. Determine and list events or forces that they believe helped shape the character.
4. Look at a few recipes from magazines to see how they are written.
Create a recipe that the author might have used to develop the character they have selected. Baste
themselves in creative juices every so often.
Stir. Add ingredients. Check to make sure preparation instructions are clear and in logical order.
Check spelling, abbreviations for measurements, and that preparation instructions are delivered using
imperative sentences (if you don’t know what one is, find out!).
Here’s an example:
SAMPLE STUDENT RECIPE
Recipe for Pearl Prynne Pie (The Scarlet Letter)
2 cups Beauty
4 tablespoons Scandal
3 teaspoons Mystery
1/2 cup Regret
4 pints Scorn (use “Boston” brand)
5 drops Scarlet food coloring
Gather all ingredients. Start Beauty and mix Scandal deep into the middle of it. Beat until mixed. Heat
the 3 teaspoons of Mystery until it comes to a boil Pour into mixture. Next add 1/2 cup of regret
(mix until all clumps are smooth). Then the Scorn is stirred throughout. Bake for nine months. Make
sure to set the oven at zero degrees for no added warmth. Then add the attention-grabbing Scarlet
coloring. Result: one disgraced baby girl.
3 cups Religious Fervor (Puritan flavor)
1 cup Fear of Authorities
1 bunch Books Weighted with Authority
3 heaping tablespoons Pride
2 cups Faulty Logic
3 drops Yellow food coloring
pinch of Truth
1 pint Compassion
1 piece Rope
Start with Religious Fervor and Books Weighted with Authorities. Knead untilthoroughly mixed. Slowly fold in Faulty Logic, one chunk at a time. Sprinkle Pride
over mixture and blend until thoroughly combined. Place in a hot Salem kettle. When
mixture is in the heat, the backbone will be exposed. Carefully remove and discard.
Add Yellow food coloring.
During cooking, mixture will slowly turn colors. Carefully add Truth. The yellow
color will fade, giving way to a vibrant color. The Pride in the mixture will shrink,
giving way to a healthier formation. Add Compassion. The Turnovers will remove