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

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