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Poem by Elizabeth Bishop

Lines Written in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook

You wont become a gourmet cook 
By studying our Fannies book-- 
Her thoughts on Food & Keeping House 
Are scarcely those of Levi-Strauss. 
Nevertheless, youll find, Frank dear, 
The basic elements are here. 
And if a problem should arise: 
The Souffle fall before your eyes, 
Or strange things happen to the Rice 
--You know I love to give advice. 

                Christmas, 1971 

* Forbidden word 
** Forbidden phrase 

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

Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop's other poems:
  1. Visits to St. Elizabeths
  2. The Man-Moth
  3. At the Fishhouses
  4. Strayed Crab
  5. The Burglar of Babylon

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