Doreen Fernandez on Food Writing

Doreen Gamboa-Fernandez
©2002 Stella Kalaw

Obviously, it was not the vocabulary that counted , or even the diction, the syntax, the sentence structure. It was getting to the reader through the words to the experience. It was choosing the words that echoed, that reverberated--umaalingawgaw. And then it was making the readers hear the silence between the echoes, and themselves load them with memory, sensation and finally meaning. The words need not even be descriptive at all. One may not even need to say luscious, succulent, savory. Very often the words themselves carry the evocativeness.

Writing about Food: Savor the Word, Swallow the World
From the book, Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture