Love in a Dish . . . and Other Culinary Delights by M.F.K. Fisher

Love in a Dish and Other Culinary Delights by M F K Fisher Whether the subject of her fancy is the lowly unassuming potato or the love life of that aphrodisiac mollusk the oyster Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher writes with a simplicity that belies the complexit

  • Title: Love in a Dish . . . and Other Culinary Delights by M.F.K. Fisher
  • Author: M.F.K. Fisher Anne Zimmerman
  • ISBN: 9781582437415
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Whether the subject of her fancy is the lowly, unassuming potato or the love life of that aphrodisiac mollusk the oyster, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher writes with a simplicity that belies the complexities of the life she often muses on She is hailed as one of America s preeminent writers about gastronomy But to limit her to that genre would be a disservice She was passioWhether the subject of her fancy is the lowly, unassuming potato or the love life of that aphrodisiac mollusk the oyster, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher writes with a simplicity that belies the complexities of the life she often muses on She is hailed as one of America s preeminent writers about gastronomy But to limit her to that genre would be a disservice She was passionate and well traveled, and her narratives fill over two dozen highly acclaimed books In this collection of some of her finest works, we learn that Fisher s palette was not only well trained in gastronomical masterpieces, but in life s best pleasures as well Love in a Dish and Other Culinary Delights by M.F.K Fisher is an instructional manual on how to live, eat, and love brought together by prolific researcher and culinary enthusiast Anne Zimmerman With great care she has selected essays that sometimes forgive our lustful appetites, yet simultaneously celebrate them, as in Once a Tramp, Always and Love in a Dish, which guides us down the path to marital bliss via the family dining table It is through this carefully chosen selection, which includes two essays never before collected in book form, that we encounter Fisher s bold passion for cuisine and an introduction to her idea of what constitutes the delicious life.

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    1. "when our boulevards are lined with an infinity of bad eating houses filled with dead-faced people placed like mute beasts in their stalls; today, when one out of every three marriages ends in divorce It seems incredible that normal human beings not only tolerate the average American restaurant food, but actually prefer it to eating at home. The only possible explanation for such deliberate mass-poisoning, a kind of suicide of the spirit as well as the body, is that meals in the intimacy of a f [...]

    2. I didn't know MFK Fisher existed let alone understood that there was a start to the modern genre of gastronomy till this year. So when I stumbled across this small anthology of some of her work, I thought why not?Things I loved:--Time capsule! MFK Fisher writes of the recipes, cooking habits and society of the early 1900s. I didn't really catsup meant more than tomato sauce in a jar at one point!--Every now and then, MFK Fisher just hits on a word arrangement or sentence that is so right and/or [...]

    3. I have long been a fan of Fisher's writing. And I had never heard of this book which is a curated collection of Fisher's writing, selected and edited by Anne Zimmerman.Fisher writes about potatoes"Baked slowly, with its skin rubbed first in a buttery handwith a fat jug of rich cool milk or a chunk of fresh Gruyère, it fills the stomach and the soul with a satisfaction not too easy to attain. Although few realize it, to be complementary is in itself a compliment."She writes about eggs"Probably o [...]

    4. I was recommended M.F.K. Fisher this time last year. I bought this book at the time and it has been waiting patiently ever since - but there was no patient waiting once I started it.There is a clarity to her writing that I found compelling. There is a careful exposition to her writing, which for me is something that lies outside of time, even if at times it shows its age. I do like the essay form or writing; the exploration and thoughtful rolling of ideas together with personal experiences and o [...]

    5. Some engrossing stories of life experiences with visits to eccentric eateries, some essay type observations of life. Much reference to him, his, he, even though the collection of culinary essays are written by a woman. Slightly distracting for the modern woman's eye. Perhaps the customary style of her day.Got slightly bored in some and skimmed over them, others contained fascinating recipes from times gone by that may not translate so well today, but it had me researching more to find out exactl [...]

    6. I hadn't come across MFK Fisher before, this book was a well chosen Xmas gift. It is a lovely collection of pieces around food and all from a past era. Favourite pieces are generally in France: a restaurant in Burgundy with an all knowing waitress, the pleasure of a Provencal market. But also a reminder of the seasonality of food in past times something that is largely lost now

    7. I had read several of these pieces before in other places, but it's always nice to revisit - MFKF is such a cozy indulgence and fits like worn-in shoes and yet always feels fresh. That she directly references Brillat-Savarin in one or two places - helped continue the Great Food conversation - adding nuance to gourmandism, and panache."As an old hand, Uncle Evans knew where to as the dining-car steward to put on things like live trout, venison, fresh corn, melons. They were served to him at our t [...]

    8. Described as "personal, intimate culinary essays" this small collection has been compiled from several of the author's other books as part of the Penguin "Great Food" series.It shines with MFK Fisher's infectious enthusiasm and passion for life and the pleasures of the table. In it she combines anecdotes, reminiscences, personal memoir and cultural observations. She's been described as the greatest American prose writer. Her prose is indeed lyrical and very literary in style, although it does co [...]

    9. This would be a wonderful introduction to the writing of M.F.K. Fisher, and to the genre of food writing in general. She expertly crafts personal experiences with food, travel, and life. Her essays envelop the reader and draw you fully and deeply into her world. In every selection from this collected work, I could close my eyes and easily visualize myself in whatever situation she was describing. I was marketing with her in southern France. I was dining on a train with her and her uncle. I was e [...]

    10. Never heard of MFK Fisher, but this little excerpt book made for interesting reading. It's a collection of some of Fisher's essays, spanning many decades, and on her experiences of food and drink - both eating, cooking and a wee bit of advice here and there on what to do and a few recipes. But mostly this is prose. She was an American although it seems she spent a lot of time as an adult living in different parts of France, so there is much praise of all things French in this book. I particularl [...]

    11. Oh what an unfamiliar food setting I was thrust into upon reading this book! Different countries, different cultures, different times. I thought food was a universal language, and in some ways, it can be, but here I learned how foreign it can be as well. Mostly I was shocked by the difference in time-- Fisher wrote in the first half of the twentieth century, with economies and types of foods varying widely from where we find ourselves today. She is a fantastic writer, and deftly weaves food thro [...]

    12. The book itself is not spectacularly good, although I 100% underwrite the author's title piece: "Love in a dish". The quote from Brillat-Savarin "The way in which mealtimes are passed is most important to what hapiness we find in life" may seem preposterous but is by no degree so. Compare the hapiness you felt when dinners were merely a chain of take-aways and pre-fab TV-dinners to that when sharing even the simplest meal with those who we love. And how much hapiness cannot be found in adequatel [...]

    13. It's difficult not to enjoy M.F.K. Fisher's work - the balance of her prose, her insights, her wonderful descriptive tendencies - whether she's describing the slow process of fruit going bad, or the taste of wine during prohibition - and this collection is rather delicious.The collection is thoughtfully put together, and composed of pieces that would be difficult to find online or in other publications. It's well worth the read and the slim volume would make a perfect holiday gift paired with an [...]

    14. I don't know what to think about this; love books, love food, but I'm probably not the right person to read about loving food.

    15. an amazing book. she has a very fluid writting, which makes it very easy to read. english not being by first language, i am always afraid of coming across a book with difficult vocabulary, exotic words and awkward sentences - this book doesn't have any of that narratives ressembles stories told by an aunt or family friend when they pop by our house for quick visiteresting topics, nice tricks and recipes and an amazing life story.highly recommended.

    16. Bless M.F.K Fisher, bless her soul. All the stories in this just sang to me and they hit all the right notes. Her wit and her passion for food and eating is so apparent in her writings. I've read a number of food writing and I enjoyed most of them but nothing compares to Ms. Fisher. She is an inspiration, truly.

    17. I think this one didn't hit me quite as those of M.F.K. Fisher's own writings as they unfold in the original published volumes. Some loss of continuity of theme or thought due to the selection process or the arrangement, maybe? That is not to say that the individual essays are not vintage and fine Fisher musings on food and other related matters.

    18. I picked this up in the Travel Bookshelf on 3rd down the street from me (great place, go check it out) and I am SO HAPPY I DID. M.F.K. Fisher is a beautiful writer, she conjures images for me I haven't had elsewhere and made me think about my lifel while talking about the simple joy of a raw oyster. Also, she made me extremely hungry.

    19. The three stars are not for Fisher but for this collection, which is too sporadic and rather unfocused. Fisher's voice and passion and charm carries it off, but no thanks to the curatorship of the essays. On the other hand, we should be grateful her work is in print and seeing such renewed interest.

    20. The best stories are the first two, and the one about the kitchens she's had in France through the years. They made me hungry, not just for food but for the pleasure in cooking (and also a bit of travelling).

    21. A sweet gathering of some of the writings of MFK Fisher. I had heard so much about her I was glad to find this collection. Very short though. makes you hungry for more. And proves the adage - the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    22. A collection of essays about eggs, potatoes, oysters, wine, dining, cooking . in short, a very good sampler of Fisher's writing. Her descriptions are positively luxurious. If you haven't read her before, this is a good introduction.

    23. This is a small volume that celebrates her food in all of its guises. “Two Kitchens in Provence” in particular is lush with lyrical description to awaken the gastronomic senses in way that Frances Mayes took readers to rustic Italy in “Under the Tuscan Sun”.

    24. I loved this collection of essays by M.F.K. Fisher. I wish I had known her -- she was bright, witty and she knew her wine.

    25. Amazing to think of the history of this woman's writing/experiences. She set the standard for all food writers, let alone women. Succulent.

    26. Very enjoyable essays on culinary experiences. Quite funny in places and great sense of the author's personality in the writing.

    27. This just happened to be in the recipe/food section at the library and it seemed interesting so I picked it up. Easy, 100-page read.

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