ON HOW TO PICK A CHICKEN FOR YOUR POT
From The Best Cook n The World: Tales From My Moma’s Table by Rick Bragg (on Amazon)
“City people like to think my people just grabbed a chicken up off the yard or out of the coup at random, just snatched whichever unlucky bird wandered within grasp. This is untrue. …A chicken is not a intelligent critter the old man said, and so ain’t likely to ketch on when there is murder in the air. A chicken lived every situation, every moment, like it was brand-new, and so lived in a constant state of wonder and surprise. It’s hard to get clos’t to a chicken goin’ at him head on the old man said, because, though chickens had tiny brains, most of these brains seemed devoted to suspicion. But chickens, he told her, are easily bamboozled. First, he said, you sit in judgment”.