It can be hard to picture Marilyn Monroe in the kitchen, wearing an apron and cooking. Okay, maybe wearing the apron and posing provocatively, but cooking?
Or, Marilyn’s picture on an apron~~
With all we have seen of her, it can be hard to fathom Marilyn doing anything very domestic. But, she did love to cook. And this recipe is occasion-appropriate. Marilyn’s own bird preparation recipe to mark Thanksgiving. It’s found in Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters — the same volume that gave us Monroe’s unpublished poems we shared with you a few weeks back.
Handwritten on a piece of insurance company stationery in 1956, the recipe is meticulously detailed, noting every step and every last ingredient. She even took care to specify the quality of the produce needed. Here it is below. Because it is so faded after all these years, below each sheet is the recipe typed out.
Fragments is really a fantastic book — 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.
Blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving,
K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns