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Lines Written In The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

 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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