Language of Menus

Schools of Public Engagement: Food Studies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Language of Menus

Fall 2019

Taught By: Rozanne Gold

Section: A

CRN: 7363

Credits: 1

"Do menus reflect or define restaurants and the cultures that consume them? This course investigates the menu at the intersection of food, literature, art, and commerce. By looking closely at menus throughout history and considering their context, we aim to understand the menu’s value as societal lens, its separate literary life, and its power of persuasion. A first of its kind, this course looks at menu language as a form of literature, specifically poetry and poetic structure. We explore the fascinating relationship between chefs and poets while examining the shared linguistic and literary conceits that define their craft. Menus, like poetry, are designed to create a sense of longing and anticipation. They are tales to make us hunger. Whereas a beautifully-worded menu can make our mouths water and get our gastric juices flowing, a beautifully written poem can provide similarly profound stimuli. Close readings of menus and poetry illuminate the parallels in both menu-making and poetic expression. Students will delve into the creative process through a variety of writerly techniques to learn what professionals call the “mind of the menu.” What other factors – design, graphics, non-verbal imagery – contribute to a menu’s success? Award-winning chef, author, and international restaurant consultant Rozanne Gold invites boldface names – both literary and culinary – to analyze the artful manipulation of the dining experience through descriptive language. "

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Food Studies (NFDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: November 9, 2019 (Saturday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 1, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:30pm 12/11/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 11/6/2019 - 12/11/2019