A Recipe for Literacy: Making Meaning Through Cake
Keywords:Literacy, Post-Humanism, Culinary Arts, Cake Artistry
Within this article, we explore cake artistry as a means of demonstrating a process of meaning-making (Starratt, 1996). We contend that the cakes themselves are tactile examples of literacy events (Heath, 1982) due to the embodiment and relationality present within their design process (Johnson et al., 2020). This article discusses two unique cakes that explore elements of literacy related to storytelling, personal reflection, and emotional expression. We, the authors, strive to position literacy, as explored through cakes, within a post-humanist perspective and provide an opportunity for authentic engagement and humanized/ing actions with meaning-making (Beucher et al., 2019; Garrett et al., 2019; Perry & Medina, 2015). We hope that this article will encourage our readers to think about literacy differently as well as what it means to be “literate” within different professions.
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