Watch out for those Turkeys!

In his Dictionary of Cuisine, Alexandre Dumas gives the reader a cautionary tale about turkeys involving the celebrated French poet Boileau.

"Boileau, when a child, was playing in a courtyard where, among other poultry, there happened to be a turkey. Suddenly the child fell, his dress went up, and the turkey...flew at him and with his beak so wounded poor Nicolas that, forever barred from becoming an erotic poet, he became a satiric one and maligned women, instead."

Ouch! So watch out for those turkeys, folks. They're more dangerous than they look. Dumas goes on to add:

"From this, no doubt, stemmed the aversion he had for the Jesuits, sharing the popular belief that they had introduced turkeys to France."
So you wanna mess with the Jesuits do you?

Source:
Alexandre Dumas' Dictionary of Cuisine  (page 250)

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