Together, your Work Group will
collectively do Writing Exercise 3 on page 177 of Jacob's book. This
assignment will involve researching one specific regional cuisine, and
then going to an El Paso restaurant that serves that cuisine and
reporting on it.
IMPORTANT: Before choosing a subject, first be sure there is a
restaurant in El Paso that actually serves the style of cuisine you
choose a style of cuisine which nobody in your group ordinarily eats at
home; e.g., if someone in your group is Nepali, don't choose Nepali
food! You may not choose pizza, sausages or bratwurst, tacos,
burritos, nachos, hamburgers, hot dogs or fried chicken for your
research. If you decide to choose Mexican, Chinese or Italian
cuisine, you must carefully specify what regional cuisine you are
researching (i.e., for Italian, is it Italian-American, Sicilian,
Roman-style, southern Italian, Northern Italian or Neapolitan cuisine?
For Chinese, is it Hunan, Szechuan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing or
Taiwan-style, or some other style? For Mexican, is it Tex-Mex, Juárez or
Chihuahua-style cuisine, or is it from some specific place in the
Mexican interior (e.g., from Durango, Guanajuato, Querétaro, México DF,
Oaxaca, Yucatán, Baja California, or the Gulf or Pacific Coasts?) You
may NOT just report on Mexican, Italian or Chinese food in general!
In your collective report, using your research sources (must be at least
4 different sources, not including encyclopedias), first write up a
complete (roughly 5 page) report on the cuisine, including favorite
spices and flavors, favorite dishes, their origins, and their primary
ingredients. Do this BEFORE going to the restaurant.
this report in on Monday, October 10, 2011 in class, in hardcopy. (This
will serve as your midterm exam).
You will be
required to include a bibliography (Works Cited page) of at least four
different significant sources related to your subject. This bibliography
should be turned in with the research report at midterm and with the
final report. All listed online sources should have working hyperlinks.
Sources may not consist simply of individual recipes.
Then AFTER you research, some time after midterm ALL WORK GROUP MEMBERS
must go either as a group or separately to a restaurant, café or food
stand in El Paso which serves that particular cuisine, and eat a meal.
(Note: If you are unable to eat restaurant food due to a
diagnosed disability or medical condition, or for serious ethical,
religious or cultural reasons, contact me for an alternative assignment.
Simply claiming to be a "picky eater," saying that you are on a
self-directed diet, or being afraid to eat unfamiliar food is not an
excuse for refusing to take part in this assignment.)
on restaurants that are not in El Paso are prohibited.
Finally, as a group, write up a two to three page collective restaurant
review carefully following the instructions in Chapter 6 of Jacob's
book. Attach this report to your research report and turn in the entire
completed document digitally as your Final Collective Project.
due date for this entire project is Nov. 30, 2011.
(Instructions for turning in the final report will be provided.)
Photos, graphics and hyperlinks increase the value of your paper or
website, but do not plagiarize!
You may not use or count any encyclopedias, printed or online, in your
bibliographies. Use of Wikipedia is prohibited! APA format is
You are encouraged to use conversations or interviews as sources, but
only if the person interviewed has had significant first-hand personal
experience preparing and serving (not just eating!) the specific cuisine
you choose. You may not count your own personal knowledge or experience
as a source unless you have actually worked for pay preparing and
serving the cuisine in question or have lived at least four years in the
region you are studying.
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