At 83 years old, author and poet Maya Angelou has accomplished a great deal. But she’s not content to rest on her Poet Laureate in her golden years.
After losing 50 pounds on a new diet, she’s penned the cookbook “Great Food All Day Long: Cook Splendidly, Eat Smart.” She appeared on the May 5 “Good Morning America” to discuss it… and the unique parallels she finds in home cooking.
“If you sit together, over the most intimate condition, you can have safe sex,” Angelou tells a clearly delighted Robin Roberts on the subject of communal eating.
The two continued to feast on Angelou’s spread, describing the meals in her distinctive voice, making us long for the days when Tracy Morgan was still on “Saturday Night Live.”
She even read part of a poem (which we found in full here), and we’ll now share with her. Though for the full effect, you should watch the video below where she recites it while wearing sunglasses indoors:
No sprouted wheat and Soya shoots
and Brussels in a cake,
carrot straw and spinach raw,
today I need a steak.
Not thick brown rice and rice pilau
or mushrooms creamed on toast,
turnips mashed and parsnips hashed,
I’m dreaming of a roast.
Health food folks around the world
are thinned by anxious zeal,
they look for help in seafood kelp
I count on breaded veal.
No smoking signs, raw mustard greens,
and zucchini by the ton,
uncooked kale and bodies’ frail
are sure to make me run.
Loins of pork and chicken thighs
and standing rib, so prime,
pork chops brown and fresh ground round
I crave them all the time.
Irish stews and boiled corned beef
and hot dogs by the scores,
or any place that saves a space
for carnivores. Smoking