Sustainability Cookbook Recipe


The Sustainability Cookbook project has been designed to accomplish the following:
Each of you will choose a recipe, write an analysis of its sustainability, and then revise that recipe according to specific constraints in order to make it more sustainable. All the recipes, and the 600-800 word introductions, to be designed in WordPress posts and then published on the course site.

Cookbook Project Checklist

Successful Posters will complete the following:
  • 1. Introduction: A 600-800 word introduction, in MLA format, published in your WP post and integrated with the recipe
  • 2. Recipe Prompt: choose a recipe that means a lot to you in your assigned category (appetizer, main, dessert), and then revise the recipe you chose according to one or more of the following constraints: make the recipe vegetarian, make the recipe from locally sourced food only, OR make the recipe for under $5.00.

Recipe Introduction Prompt

Successful Recipe Introductions will respond to the following in a cohesive 600-800 words: Why is your recipe sustainable?
  • What ingredients did the recipe you chose initially call for, and how sustainable are those ingredients and/or where are those ingredients available?
  • How did you revise your recipe, and did your revision make the recipe more sustainable (equitable, economic, ecological)?
  • How does your recipe, or your recipe revision, illustrate or challenge a key concept drawn from one or more of the authors we read for this unit (Pollan, hooks, Burns, or Barry). Be sure to include and closely examine at least one in-text citation from the author you chose.


Cookbook to be composed in WP:
  • WordPress Blog


The Cookbook is worth 20% of your total grade and will be assessed according to the final criteria adapted from the Common Feedback Chart:
  • 1. Rhetorical Awareness: Does the Cookbook entry address writing the situation (and assignment) completely and/or with unexpected insight? Does the Cookbook entry fulfill the assigned design requirements and include an introduction? (20%)
  • 2. Stance: Does the Cookbook entry clearly articulate a unifying argument/goal? Does the Cookbook entry illustrate a key concept drawn from one or more of the theoretical readings through a local or national development issue? 
  • 3.Development of Ideas: Does the author develop his/her claim by explicating the key concept and development issue visually and verbally? (20%)
  • 4. Organization: Does the Cookbook entry signal transitions from personal narrative to textual analysis? Does the Cookbook entry include the original recipe and the revised recipe? Does the author explain how/why s/he revised the recipe?   (20%)
  • 5. Design for Medium: Does the Cookbook entry page use the affordances of its mode to enhance the goal/content? For example, does the author integrate visual iconography and text? (10%)
  • 6. Process: Does the final draft demonstrate planning and revision? (5%)
  • 7. Conventions: Does the recipe meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? (5%)