Best Book for Foodies: Before There Were Foodies, There Was MFK Fisher
If You Love Reading About Food You Need This Book
Oh my, what memories ebb and flow when reading Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, or M.F.K. Fisher, as she is better known. I first enjoyed some of her essays while in college and could not believe how clearly she understood that food nourishes in so many ways. Of course I was young and pretty sure I knew everything; I was just proud M.F.K. was keeping up with me.
Now well past that notion, I asked for the book as a holiday gift to reacquaint myself with Fisher's evocative writing and her unique sense of place, atmosphere and, of course, food. Flavors, history, method and passion are all interwoven to make this collection of her writings satisfying on multiple levels. Although it has been in print for a decade, I had somehow missed the collection it when reissued, so was delighted to revisit Fisher's five iconic books, Serve It Forth, Consider the Oyster, How to Cook a Wolf, The Gastronomical Me and An Alphabet for Gourmets.
At one time or another I owned, begged, borrowed or stole (briefly) each of these books and devoured it. To now have all five in one 750 page volume is astonishing, bedtime reading for months. Each book within the compendium is a series of individual musings, so you can read three or four pages as your daily M.F.K. taste, or happily feast on a dozen essays if that is your preference. The book is large, 9 by 6 inches, and 2 1/2 inches thick, so invite another pillow to the pajama party if you are reading it in bed, my friends.
Beautiful Writing That Challenges Our Notions Of What It Means To Eat Well
Fisher makes something as ordinary as eating a tangerine breathtakingly compelling. There are some recipes interspersed, but this is primarily a primer on how to approach eating, not a cookbook. Consider it instead the autobiography of a woman who recognized hunger as a search for love, warmth and acceptance, and who was rewarded richly on her quest.
This book can really be life-changing. You will never take food or your dining companions for granted again after reading it. Consider it as a perfect gift for the gourmet in your life. To enjoy food fully we must all contemplate its place in our lives, and M.F.K. Fisher offers the method -- it is up to each of us to provide our own context.
Other Ways To Experience the Art of Eating.
M.F.K. Fisher would approve.
How indeed -- recipes and a feel for food. Read it (and it reads like a novel) and you will know what I mean.
Lynne's friendly and accessible tone is just what the cook needs to know that everything will be delicious and right.
Do you prefer to read cookbooks or books about eating?
Reading About Food
And How To Best Prepare It
Makes One More Adventurous
And a Better Cook