Lines Written in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

[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.


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