Style Exercise # 4: Three Pieces, Three Styles (Portfolio Revised)

Style Exercise # 4: Three Pieces, Three Styles


High Style

What happens when we cook our food? It’s something magical that enlivens our bodies down to our very soul. Lay down your cutting board. Take out your knife and whetstone. Breath. Inhale, and hear the singing of your knife as you move it over your stone. Your hands our steady. As the flame hits the pan, oil flows over its surface. Your movements are like a symphony[1], stepping from side to side as in a dance you have done a thousand times. The fragrant smell of sizzling garlic. The piercing sting of fresh cut onions. This is why we cook. Touch, smell, hearing, sight, and taste[2]. All are enhancing simultaneously to give you a sense of vigor and aliveness.

Rhetorical Situation:  The audience is mostly for foodies but could really be for anyone.  The purpose is to communicate the mindfulness and grace behind cooking. I tried to answer the question “What happens when we cook our food?”, so I was constrained to not make others people’s experiences invalid.



Medium Style

There is something special about cooking during Christmas.  Chesnuts roasting in the oven, egg nog made from fresh cream, cookies and cakes topped with fresh fruit.  The table is usually topped with jams, jellies, gravy, and fresh bread and butter. The wine flows like water and conversation gets louder as the night goes on.  The wonderful food fills the bellies of the young and old and brings a smile to all who consume it.  There really is something special about cooking for Christmas. Yes the sweets make it extra special, but that’s not the only thing.  Certain foods are ritualistic for Christmas and as cooks we enjoy perfecting or improving old Christmas recipes.  We put extra care and love into the food because we know that it will bring our loved ones together and will be a pleasure for all.

Rhetorical Situation:  The audience is any one interested in a very brief background of cooking. The purpose is to shown the audience why cooking is an important part of our culture and is part of our very roots. I was constrained by trying not to provide miss-information.


Low Style

Cooking has been around for a long time. People cook for many different reasons. Some people cook for pleasure, some out of necessity, and some chose never to cook[3]. Taking the time to learn how to cook can be a very good investment in your health. Although a significant time investment[4], your cooking skills will reward you with fresher, better tasting meal than a similar pre-made dish.  Many health food stores and local groups offer cooking classes at a reasonably price.  Those who want to master the craft of cooking could attend a culinary school for up to two years of training. How you choose your route will be up to you.  You first have to decide what you will be using cooking for.

Rhetorical Situation

The audience is anyone who wants to know about cooking.  The purpose is the get people familiar with cooking so they do not feel intimidated. There were no foreseeable constraints for this piece.


Reflection:  Writing in the three different styles came fairly easy.  However, I find the middle style hardest to master.  The low and high styles are more obvious.






[1] Simile (gives imagery to the smoothness of the movements

[2] Ellipsis (gives the piece a more poetic like form, drawing readers attention)

[3] Anaphora (emphasizes the parts after the repeating word)

[4] Anastrophe (Emphasizes the part in the begging)


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