Monday, September 24, 2012

American Pastoral

The unopened bag of charcoal.
The two-inch thick steaks.
The lack of smoke or heat distortion coming off the grill.
The asbestos gloves.
The china plate too small for five steaks.
The BAR-B-Q toque and matching apron.
The gingham-check blouse.
The red knee-socks.
The lemon yellow dress and matching sweater.
The pumpkins.
The ornamental gourds.
The oversize bowl of fruit.
The chrysanthemums.
The shadows.
The man, the woman, the child.

Big Boy Barbecue Book, Tested Recipe Institute, Inc., 1956

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