the undergrad garth

welcome back to the undergrad garth — that wonderful little space where we sort through and dissect my undergrad notes in hopes of finding a few useful tidbits to save (and organize) for future reference!



i don't know how i survived college. 

no, seriously.

i don't.

i worked through college.

and by worked, i mean worked.

for the better part of my undergrad, i worked a full time, a part time job, and went to school full time.

somewhere in there i think i slept.

and i still somehow had a social life.

i remember vaguely studying latin notes over a burger and beer at a bar.

there was a five or six month period somewhere in there where i didn't have a day off.

like i said, i don't know how i survived.


so, it's kind of funny now looking back through all of my old papers.

it's easy to tell when i had time to focus and write.

sometimes, though, i just couldn't get up the energy to care.

case in point this cookbook review i wrote for a literary essay class:


fresh & tasty healthy cooking, an eighty page cookbook created by a collaborative team, explains nutrition and ways to implement it in appetizing meals. while there are the expected chapters, such as “soups, salads, and starters,” “vegetable dishes,” and “desserts,” it also focuses on the components of a balanced diet and the different needs of children, pregnant women, and people fighting obesity. there are lists of vitamins and minerals, explaining their purpose and sources.

the bulk of the book is recipes. they are laid out nicely in an easy-to-read font. each recipe is complemented with a close-up picture of the final product. there is also information about portion yields, preparation and cooking time, and calorie and fat amounts. some recipes also have suggestions for alterations or complementing breads. unfortunately, recipes for those suggestions are not included.

the cookbook ends with a glossary and the index. these make the recipes readily accessible for amateur chefs. unfamiliar cooking terms and measurements are explained. while a wonderful reference, the glossary’s layout is the one eyesore. the terms are small and jammed onto two pages. luckily, the beginning of the book has information for improving eyesight – just eat foods with vitamin a.


and that, my friends, is exactly why i don't write cookbook reviews.

you're welcome.


basic disclaimer that i probably won't update for months:

you'll notice that a lot of my definitions and such are amalgamations since they're based off of old notes that i haven't read in years. when possible, necessary, or interesting, i'll try to link through to official definitions or sources. in these cases, wikipedia might actually be our friend...

these notes were taken sometime between 2005-2009. how accurate they still are i can't really say.

also, my handwriting is ridiculously annoying to read: f.y.i.