Sylvia Plath's Holiday Cooking Tips

  1. Stuffing
    You’ll want to use lots of herbs, herbs from the ground— / The ground, dirt between my fingers. / Dirt—our mortal blanket.
  2. Turkey
    Make sure you tender the meat. / Care for it as you would a child. / Sadness tastes bitter on anxious lips.
  3. Desserts
    To watch the smiles erupt— / As saccharine doses delight them / Is sweeter than the purest honey
  4. Drinks
    Fizzy potions to toast the joyous moments / Or to numb the pain caused by those / Who call themselves “family.”
  5. Leftovers
    The cauldron of morning / Replenish your hunger with the effort of meals past / That new taste is cold realization.