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

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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Ab To Shayad Hi Mujhse Muhabbat Kare Koi

Meri Aankhon Me Tum Saaf Nazar Ate Ho...

If thy soul check thee that I come so near,
Swear to thy blind soul that I was thy Will,
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When the heart is hard and parched up,
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