Geography of Food Exercise: Checklist (Rubric)
Include your name, date, and a title in the first page of your work. Your work must include
the following sections in this order:Title, Table, Map, Essay, and Bibliography.
Your table must include the following information:
A.Title: with the name of the dish and the claimed country of origin of your dish at the
top and before introducing your table.
B.Table: must include two columns with the following information:
✓ First column: a list of at-least 10 ingredients.
If using a by-product of any plant or animal, then the main source of your
ingredient must be included first and then, using parenthesis, include the name
of the by-product. For example: tomato (paste); goat (cheese); wheat (flour),
If your dish does not include 10 ingredients, you can add sides to complete this
requirement (i.e., a salad, steamed vegetables, etc. that are traditional
“companions” –sides- when these dishes are served).
✓ The second column: the region of domestication of these ingredients using
the “Centers of Plant and Animal Domestication” map provided, or any other
reputable source. If you are using another source, meaning a reputable source
(which must be included in your Bibliography), the regions of domestication of
these ingredients must be included in your table using the regions provided on
the map. For example, if the source you are using states that an ingredient
was domesticated in ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia, this ingredient would have
been domesticated in the Mediterranean or the Southwest Asia region of
If your dish includes an animal or plant that is native (also called indigenous) to
the claimed country of origin of your dish, you must include it in your table as
“native” or “indigenous.” In most cases these will apply to seafood caught
locally or salt. Note that the map “Centers of Plant and Animal Domestication
show that parts of Europe are included in the Mediterranean region of
domestication (not including France). So, in case you are using a dish from, for
example, Spain (which is included in the Mediterranean region), you must
include in your table all ingredients domesticated here as either Mediterranean
or Native, but not both.
If your dish includes an ingredient that was domesticated in two regions,
include the one that is closest to Europe. Some examples include cattle
(Mediterranean and Southwest Asia) or rice (West Africa and South and
C.Chart (Not Required) your work may include a chart with the basic statistics of your
dish next to your table. This information is required in your essay when you answer
the ‘where’ question (origin of these ingredients). In this chart include the
contributions of each region of domestication to the make-up of your dish.
Completing this portion will be very easy because you are required to include ten
items (ingredients) in your work, and each item equals to ten percent of the total
number of ingredients included in your dish (i.e., 5 items will correspond to 50%).
*Note: If your table includes incorrect information (plants and animals not domesticated in
the regions cited in your work/table), this fact will make your work inaccurate (including
your table and essay), and will be reflected in your grade (5% discount in the final grade for
each item that falls within this category).
Your map must include the following information:
A.Title (i.e., “The Geography of _________ (name of your dish)” (country of origin).
B.Orientation arrow pointing to the geographical north.
C.A legend that includes all symbols used in your map (i.e., flow lines, native
E. Labels for each region of domestication included in your recipe, and the shapes of
these regions’ boundaries.
F.A label for the claimed country of origin of your dish located in its exact position.
Use an arrow connecting the country label to the exact position of this country if
G.Flow lines that connect the regions of domestication of the ingredients included in
your dish and the claimed country of origin.The width of the flow lines must
represent the contribution of each region of domestication as well.
*Note: Each of these items is worth 5% of the final grade for this assignment.
Your essay must include the following information and other requirements listed below:
A.Meet the minimum required number of words for the essay (800 words). This word
count does not include the Bibliography, Table, Map, and other information included in
other sections of your work.
B.Demonstrate knowledge of the topic using key definitions (i.e., cultural diffusion –
relocation and expansion diffusion-, the Columbian Exchange, globalization, etc.).
C.Include at-least one pertinent reference (textbook or a reputable source) that relates
to your dish, and introduce this source by making a notation in your work (as a direct
quote or in your own words; see PPT for details).
D. Youressay must answer three broad questions (Where? Why [and how]? and, So
what?) that any geographically-basedwork must include.
E.Do not include the preparation (recipe) of your dish in your essay. This is irrelevant
to the purpose of this exercise, and will not be counted towards the minimum word
requirement. A 10% discount in the final grade for this assignment will also apply.
F.Format your work following all technical aspects: 12-point font (Arial, Times New
Roman, Garamond, or Book Antiqua), one-inch margins all around, double-spaced,
and, number the pages.Not following this format will result in a 10% discount in
the final grade for this assignment.
*Note: In this section you will be evaluated in terms of the detail and thoroughness of the
information you provide, showing knowledge of the key definitions used by geographer when
analyzing such topics. This means that your analysis should be as descriptive and detailed as
possible. Remember that this is a geography exercise and spatial distribution should be
highlighted in your analysis (essay).
This section can also be referred as References or Works Cited (use only one title) in your
A. Include on a separate page using one of the following titles only,Bibliography/
References/Works Cited, a full reference of all the works cited in your essay.
B.Include all the reference cited in the Bibliography/References/Works Cited in your
*Note: Missing to include either a) or b), or both in your work will lead to a 5% deduction in
your final grade of this assignment.
Geography of Food Exercise: Checklist (Rubric)