Giving Thanks and Food Poisoning

Vivian McInerny
4 min readDec 13, 2022

When even tried-and-true recipes result in disaster or deliciousness

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I consider myself an elevator cook. I have my ups and downs.

A Thanksgiving dinner guest once declared my dressing the best he’d ever tasted. He wasn’t being polite. It was flipping amazing.

Another dinner guest at another Thanksgiving dinner suggested my turkey made him physically ill…

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Vivian McInerny

Career journalist, essayist, fiction writer, and life-long spirit-quester.