The magician had a book

and the book was titled

“The Service Cookbook”


Ida Bailey Allen

and I knew that this book

Contained all the Secrets

Of the Kitchen Magic.

I held my breath

As I opened the pages,

Many of them stained,

and Darkened and Shredded

from Use–

But I knew

it contained the Magician’s secrets

Shortening+ sugar+Egg+Vanilla +flour

+baking powder+salt+raisins+milk=

old fashioned Raisin Cookies


Sugar + milk+baking soda+

additional sugar+





Molasses + sugar+butter+


Indian Pudding

Although I was a very young child, I studied the Magician’s handbook, determined to learn all its secrets, and when the opportunity presented itself, I stole the book of Kitchen Magic.  Now it was mine and I could perform all the magical things that happen only in the  kitchen .  And I did.


Sandra Lee Smith,  March 2009


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