A collection of essays by one of America's best known food writers, that are often more autobiographical or historical than anecdotal musings on food preparation and consumption. The book includes culinary advice to World War II housewives plagued by food shortages, portraits of family members and friends (with all their idiosyncrasies) and notes on her studies at the University of Dijon, in France. Through each story she weaves her love of food and passion for cooking, and illustrates that our three basic needs as human beings--love, food and security--are so intermingled that it is difficult to think of one without the others. The book won the 1989 James Beard Cookbook Award. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This 50th anniversary paperback reprint contains what Julia Child referred to as "the essence of M.F.K. Fisher." Fisher (1908-1992) was one of this country's earliest food writers; her eloquent yet unostentatious prose has charmed generations. The 784-page collection brings together five works originally published under separate titles: "Serve it Forth," "Consider the Oyster," "How to Cook a Wolf," "The Gastronomical Me" and "An Alphabet for Gourmets." There are also recipes scattered throughout. (Washington Post, April 28, 2004)See all Product Description
I'd heard about this book in a Youtube interview with the late author, Frank McCourt. He highly recommended it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Silent K Publishing
A great classic that has finally found its way into my library.Published 11 months ago by G. Bisaillon
This was a gift from an ex-occasional lover...This is what I'll remember her by. If you love to cook, if you love to eat...if you just love to read while you eat... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by mojostarz
A wonderful book! Unappreciated. Mary Francis shows us that eating is life and life is eating, or at least, the good life is good eating. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2002 by Georgia Petra
Once upon a time I worked for a chef who absolutely adored MFK Fisher (this was one of her only redeeming qualities) and although I love food and wine, I had never heard of her... Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Kasey M. Moctezuma
For anyone who absolutely loves food; the preparation, the consumption, the discription...... this book is a must. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2002 by LCBC
This book is not a cookbook (though it does contain some great recipes). And it isn't really just a memoir. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2001 by Megami
A delicious and lyrical book. Best read with a piece of good cheese and some wine, or perhaps some good ripe fruit close to hand.Published on June 13 2001 by "jettababs"
I don't dare try to compete with Ms Fisher's ability to spin stories about food and travel and life - no one can match her. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 1999