Elizabeth Bishop

(8 February 1911 – 6 October 1979 / Worcester, Massachusetts)

Lines Written In The Fannie Farmer Cookbook - Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

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[Given to Frank Bidart]


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.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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