to notice much
to notice much, but not give much away
to intrigue by revealing, not showing
to frustrate just so and heighten reward
strategies? affinities and techniques--
aspects of seduction; skills to delight
"love your recipe!" but THAT'S not cooking
cumin, coriander, and fennel seed
curing, blanching, shocking, searing, resting
the acid note, the velvet marrowbone
once fluent, do all our thoughts come in words?
once adept, are all meals born on a page?
to speak, speak; to cook, cook; to seduce, live