COOKERYn. A household art and practice of making unpalatable that which was already indigestible.

The husband threw a hateful look —
A kind of optic snarl and
Growl — on wifey’s cookery book,
By Marion Harland.

“Some of these recipes, I see,
Begin with crosses sable;
The meaning please explain to me
If you are able.”

“She thus marks those that she has tried
And finds them nicely fitted
For dinner use,” the wife replied,
And hubby’s dulness pitied.

“I thought those crosses, now,” said he,
With brutal sneer and vicious,
“Erected to the memory
Of men who ate those dishes.”