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Holiday Bird is Wit-Stuffed. Literary Turkey Pops Up Annually.

Since the 1930s, this legendary holiday turkey adds romance, intrigue, and a missing manuscript to the literary and epicurean landscape.

St. Petersburg, FL - November 1, 2007– In a salute to the legendary 1930s writer and storyteller Robert Benchley, a recipe for a famous holiday turkey appears in a holiday edition of wordsmitten.com’s online site.

“We think all turkey recipes are similar. Take a bird and season it. Eat it and take a nap,” comments Susan Johnson, online manager at Word Smitten, a literary webzine. “But we like Robert Benchley’s recipe. It combines plot, intrigue – a missing manuscript – and a few untamed characters from the days of the Algonquin Round Table, “ Johnson says, adding, “—very fitting for this holiday season.”

The unusual recipe for this spicy, blackened turkey—rumored to have been created by author Morton Thompson—attributes the comic remarks injected within the recipe to Benchley. “Try Googling for this bird. It’s amazing that Benchley’s retelling of it fell into public domain so quickly.”

A few interesting ingredients:
Plenty of preserved ginger
1 quart apple cider
And lots of thyme. Both kinds.

Benchley, a colleague of Dorothy Parker, Edna Ferber, Alexander Woollcott, and George S. Kaufman had written for The New Yorker for many years before moving to a California movie colony.

Read the additional notes on the missing manuscript, which is reported to have contained this famous recipe. A Seasoned Bird and learn what it takes to go boldly - and just shy of soberly - through this holiday season. As to why WordSmitten published this, Johnson says, “We like to distract our writers with spicy tales and something unusual to chomp on. Makes for pungent fiction.”

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