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There’s a saying in Spanish that goes, “no cuentes los años, cuenta los recuerdos” (don’t count the years, count the memories). Like so often happens, a little gets lost in translation - a word play in this case. But the essence remains: rather than “counting”, you should “tell” your memories.
Inspired by the novel Like Water for Chocolate, students at the Bronx High School of Business collected some of their family recipes and wrote memoirs inspired and informed by their favorite dishes. Inside, you’ll find recipes for dishes such as, sweet beans cream, fish soup, and pozole - unique delicacies from around the world - each of which brings back a warm and nostalgic memory.
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Cornucopia of Memories provides an intimate glimpse into its authors' most treasured memories, as well as their process of reflection and self-discovery as writers.
We invite you to use this text, particularly around this time of year, to inspire projects that explore culture, customs, and/or traditions. Each memoir in this collection can serve as a powerful example of how to incorporate rich imagery and sensory details into written pieces, as well as how to write from the heart!