Manuscript March: If My Thesis Were a… Recipe!

It’s Friday again, you know what that means. Time for another round of IMTWA!

Cooking is such a favourite procrastination activity of mine, that I sometimes think of my thesis in terms of ingredients, quantities and heat. In fact, writing a thesis isn’t that different to cooking a souffle: you have to crack a few eggs, and it’s notoriously difficult to get the balance of ingredients just so, but the rewards are delicious. (Granted, mastering the perfect souffle doesn’t offer quite as many rewards to one’s status and career as completing a major research project, but if you’re on Masterchef it’s probably pretty crucial.)


So if the Edmonds cookbook contained a recipe for my thesis, what would that recipe look like? Here’s my best guess:

Edmonds recipe

Your turn, readers: what would the main ingredients be in your thesis?

About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink. She has a research background in science and narrative. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. She has previously researched fictional representations of evolution and quantum mechanics. She has taught such diverse texts as Blade Runner and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and her most obscure skill is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

2 thoughts on “Manuscript March: If My Thesis Were a… Recipe!

  1. Brilliant analogy. I particularly love the idea of teaching the younger cooks and inevitably revealing your ‘unhipness’. My video glitched in class the other day and I felt my technophobic tendencies rising. For some reason your cake baking process is making me think my experience has been more like making a roast – the Raw and the Cooked! Could we create a culinary triangle perhaps? 🙂

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