Gastronomical Archive

Mother uses her black cookbook
with a broken spine
as a portable file
for historical treasure.

Here cioppino recipes
cohabitate with obituaries,
expired coupons and cards
for religious novenas.

When I die, she says,
I give my jewelry
all to your sister.
But for you,
I have saved the very best.

Between Betty Crocker's
scorned printed pages,
my inheritance nestles,
yellowed instructions
written with a leaky pen,
on Sunday offering envelopes.

Secrets reside inside
this bulging cover
bound with rubber bands,
a hidden, tantalizing feast
of delectable pleasures.


c2000 by Jennifer Lagier