English 10: Writing Portfolio
Catholic Memorial High School
|The OED cooks the definition of
cooking into many different phrases and words. Although the word had
been used in ancient times in different languages it always meant the same thing. Scholars and
historians believed it came into existence around the year c.1000 used in the sense "KOK".
Used by an old English writer known as Aelfric, then not used in writings for another thousand years
(c.1205) by a writer called Lay. Today we mainly keep the same use of the word, as in to prepare or
make edible. Even in the ancient times the word was used in a similar definition, to make something
using fire or mixture of substance from nothing. Even if this word has been used with the same
meaning for thousands of years, it shows how much one language can switch only minor details of the
word because looking at the word "KOK" then looking at the word "cook" you can
obviously point out the striking resemblance.
The Oxford English dictionary depicts the word cook into a long paragraph, but bolds a sentence
which is what many use for the definition for cook today "To create an edible substance by
mixing a sum of heat or even a certain sum of cold. and preforming an equal amount of potential to
equal out to an edible substance." I believe this definition is quite ridiculous, due to the
length and the choice of words, all you need to point out is the to make an inedible or a minor
edible substance (condensed with heat) into a larger proportioned edible substance. That is my full
length definition of what I believe the word cook to mean, or to define as. From the American
Dictionary there is a definition that isn't as long as the OED reports or mine it is simply,
"to created a edible substance using the talents of heat". I actually despise this quote
due to the lack of word us and not adding enough information, heat is not the only congruent
substance which can transform food.
The second definition for the OED gives the person who cooks, in other words a chef or culinary
artist. The definition goes as, one whose occupation is the preparation of food for a table. This
definition has to be the worst definition I've ever read for a chef in my life. What I would
call a chef is, one who has been educated in the art of culinary and is able to prepare a full
course; edible meal. Not to mention the amount of names you could give a cook: Chef, Culinary
Artist, Food Proprietor, etc.
The last definition the OED gives for the word cook is, "a tradesman who prepares and sells
cooked food, the keeper of an eating house or restaurant. Compared to the definition for in the last
paragraph this definition is like a parable from the Bible. This is one of the best definitions
I've ever heard for the use of the word cook/chef in my entire life. This definition
doesn't only blow mine out of the water, I think this is the best definition I've ever
heard in my life. This definition was found by the author of Barbour in the year, 1375 used for his
literacy description in his story translated (from Latin) "A Mid-Summer morning with Pie".
Although that name for a title is ridiculous I believe the definition is greater than any other
I've ever read.
The word cook/cooking will always be used, maybe in a different spelling but it will always be used
in the same meaning. Cooking is an essential need in life, it defines a way of life in eating and in
a way to live. Without cooking food that is inedible may not be able to be made edible, which will
eventually kill man. Certain fish, meat, vegetables, wheats, starches, pastas, etc. which some up
probably 95% of what humans need to live. To me cooking will be in my life everyday and even after
college if I fulfill my dream to be a Culinary Artist, and create my own restaurant.
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