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Mary Risley: 'Just Put The F*cking Turkey In The Oven' (VIDEO)

First Posted: 11/22/2011 6:09 pm EST Updated: 11/20/2012 2:52 pm EST

For 40 years, San Francisco's Mary Risley has been teaching the culinary arts at her own Tante Marie's Cooking School and feeding the hungry at her volunteer organization, Food Runners. But soon, she may be best remembered for one sentence: "Just put the fucking turkey in the oven."

Like others before her, Risley has used the Internet to shed light on a universal truth. For Risley, the truth is in the turkey. "In 40 years of being a culinary professional, I've seen people try everything with a turkey," said Risley in her Thanksgiving instructional video-turned-YouTube-sensation. "It's still never any good. It's just turkey. It tastes like cardboard."

And she knows what she's talking about. In her four decades at the stove, Risley has penned a cookbook, been named Bon Appetit's Cooking Teacher of the Year and received the James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award.

In the video Risley shows us a foolproof way to cook a turkey with little effort and urges viewers to abandon the quest for perfection, focusing instead on the important things like gravy, cranberry sauce and wine selection. (Our kind of girl.) She also makes sure to highlight her most important message: enjoy the time with your friends and family.

Check out Risley's video "Just Put the F*cking Turkey in the Oven" below. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


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