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“O Julia, Julia, cook and nifty wench…”

August 15, 2011 by The Belated Nerd




I post the following  poem not so much as a tribute to culinary legend Julia Child but to her complete nerd of a husband, Paul Child who presented it to his wife on her 49th Birthday, August 15, 1961:




O Julia, Julia, cook and nifty wench,
Whose unsurpassed quenelles and hot souffles,
Whose English, Norse and German, and whose French,
Are all beyond my piteous powers to praise –
Whose sweetly rounded bottom and whose legs,
Whose gracious face, whose nature temperate,
Are only equalled by her scrambled eggs:

Accept from me, your ever-loving mate,
This acclamation shaped in fourteen lines
Whose inner truth belies its outer sight;
For never were there foods, nor were there wines
Whose flavor equals yours for sheer delight.
O luscious dish! O gustatory pleasure!
You satisfy my taste buds beyond measure.

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