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Finding Betty Crocker
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Amy Alexander

Finding Betty Crocker, by Amy Alexander

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Amy Alexander reads more than recipes into and out of the Betty Crocker cookbook—she reads a way of life. But what savories burble beneath that flaky crust, only piercing it will reveal. An excerpt:

Setting the Table

Betty Crocker reads
in the Digest
a tale about Iceland,
more volcano than ice.
It reminds her
of her.
Shirtwaist,
hair bobbied,
bobbed,
but within,
the boil, the bubble,
toil, trouble,
volcano and steam,
rock hard,
hitting Arctic currents
and exhibiting,
for the people around her table,
cool stone,
nothing covalent or sliding,
nothing rash,
nothing to make them suspect her
of madness.
It’s the way it should be
she thinks,
it’s the way I want it.
She closes the pulp and returns to her kitchen,
where she’s testing recipes for chicken.
This bird is a noble bird,
she knows,
and so,
why does it pleasure her
to configure the perfect knot with which to tie its legs shut?

—Amy Alexander

28 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.

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