Marilyn Monroe's Turkey Recipe

More

Canned mushrooms, but fresh peas -- truly, we never knew you at all.

After last week's favorite recipes by favorite poets, here comes some occasion-appropriate bird preparation to mark Thanksgiving from none other than Marilyn Monroe, found in Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters -- the same volume that gave us Monroe's remarkable unpublished poems.

Handwritten on a piece of insurance company stationery in 1956, the recipe is meticulously detailed, noting every step and every last ingredient. Monroe even took care to specifying the quality of the produce needed.

marilynturkey2.jpgmarilynturkey3.jpgmarilynturkey4.jpgmarilynturkey5.jpg

fragments.jpg




Fragments is fantastic in its entirety -- a treasure chest of surprising, stirring glimpses of the profound humanity of a woman too frequently and too tragically misunderstood and dehumanized by unapologetic objectification.


This post also appears on Brain Pickings, an Atlantic partner site. 

Jump to comments
Presented by

Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK and GOOD, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Health

Just In