Love in a Dish: And Other Culinary Delights

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Counterpoint Press, 2011 - Cooking - 108 pages
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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 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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Review: Love in a Dish . . . and Other Culinary Delights by MFK Fisher (Penguin Great Food #19)

User Review  - Mysteryfan - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Review: Love in a Dish . . . and Other Culinary Delights by MFK Fisher (Penguin Great Food #19)

User Review  - Asya - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Uncle Evans
1
I Was Really Very Hungry
4
Let the Sky Rain Potatoes
17
How Not to Cook an Egg
22
Love Was the Pearl
33
G is for Gluttony
38
Once a Tramp Always
45
Love in a Dish
58
Two Kitchens in Provence
65
Love Letter to an Empty Shell
92
Wine is Life
101
Sources
109
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About the author (2011)

Born July 3, 1908, in Albion, Michigan, M.F.K Fisher was raised primarily in Whittier, California, where she enjoyed cooking meals for her family. Encouraged in literary pursuits by her parents, she combined her favorite pastimes-cooking and writing-and began writing about cooking as early as 1929 when she moved to Dijon, France, with her first husband, Alfred Fisher. Fisher was educated at Illinois College, Occidental College, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Dijon. She has written under the names Mary Frances Parrish, Victoria Bern, and Victoria Berne. A prolific author, her work is primarily autobiography and memoir. Her long list of publications includes Dubious Honors (1988) and Stay Me, Oh Comfort Me: Journals and Stories, 1933-1945, (1993). She also contributed articles to widely known magazines, including the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Gourmet. Fisher died of Parkinson's disease on June 22, 1992, in Glen Ellen, California.

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