On types of truth

“A third way of writing expressive instructions was furnished me by Madame Benshaw, who taught me to cook Poulet à la D’Albufera. Madame Benshaw had come to Boston, a refugee from Iran, in 1970. […] Because her English was poor, she taught cooking mostly by hands-on example, coupled with slight smiles and emphatic, frowning contradictions of her thick eyebrows. […] Hands-on learning didn’t work very well for us; the problem was that her hands were too quick, and once she started working she never paused or hesitated. So I asked her to write down the recipe; […] Here’s the unadulterated text: ‘Your dead child. Prepare him for new life. Fill him with the earth. Be careful! He should never over-eat. Put on his golden coat. You bathe him. Warm him but be careful! A child dies from too much sun. Put on his jewels. This is my recipe.’ ”

The Craftsman, Richard Sennett