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Lines Written In The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

Lines Written In The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

You won’t become a gourmet* cook
By studying our Fannie’s book
Her thoughts on Food & Keeping House
Are scarcely those of Lévi-Strauss.
Nevertheless, you’ll find, Frank dear,
The basic elements** are here.
And if a problem should arise:
The Soufflé fall before your eyes,
Or strange things happen to the Rice
You know I love to give advice.

Elizabeth
Christmas, 1971

* Forbidden word
** Forbidden phrase

P. S. Fannie should not be underrated;
She has become sophisticated.
She’s picked up many gourmet* tricks
Since the edition of ’96.



Poem Lines Written In The Fannie Farmer Cookbook - Elizabeth Bishop