Explore how Reichl uses intertext to construct some of the essays from Tender at the Bone.

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Intertext is the form of exploring and explaining a primary text through the use of secondary texts to explain the meaning. The idea is that the subject of one text has a direct relationship to the subject of another text and therefore both texts need to be explored in order to gain a full understanding. Tender at the Bone – Growing up at the Table is memoir by Ruth Reichl that explores how food and culture have affected her life.  Rachel views the use of food as a way of understanding the world, throughout the narrative of the book which explores her early relationship with food as a way of interacting with her relatives are recipes to model the ideas she is discussing. It is by sharing the recipes relative the story that intertext is present within the book.

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