taste of Emily

December 23, 2015

Emily DickinsonIf you are under the impression that Emily Dickinson labored over her poems and little else, you may be surprised to learn that, according to Greg Patent, Dickinson “prided herself on her skill as a cook.”

Co-host of “The Food Guys” on Montana Public Radio, Patent shares the poet’s recipe for “Black Cake,” a 19th-century sort of fruit cake, which, he says, she would have produced in quantity and baked in a milk pail. Read (or listen to the podcast of) Greg Patent’s article, “Poetry In Baking: Emily Dickinson’s Black Cake (Recipe)” and then try it yourself!
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Daguerreotype of the poet Emily Dickinson, taken circa 1848, from the Todd-Bingham Picture Collection and Family Papers, Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

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