Consider the Oyster

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Macmillan, Oct 1, 1988 - Cooking - 76 pages
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M.F.K. Fisher, whom John Updike has called our "poet of the appetites," here pays tribute to that most delicate and enigmatic of foods---the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared la Rockefeller or au naturel--and of the pearls sometimes found therein--Fisher describes her mother's joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls' dorm in he 1890's, recalls her own initiation into the "strange cold succulence" of raw oysters as a young woman in Marseille and Dijon, and explores both the bivalve's famed aphrodisiac properties and its equally notorious gut-wrenching powers. Plumbing the "dreadful but exciting" life of the oyster, Fisher invites readers to share in the comforts and delights that this delicate edible evokes, and enchants us along the way with her characteristically wise and witty prose.
  

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Lots of good old recipes -- soup, loaf, fancy, plain... - Goodreads
Includes colorful recipes, polemics and oysterlore. - Goodreads
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Unfortunately, my experience with oysters doesn't extend much beyond the canned and smoked variety on top of a cracker, but now I'm hungry for something more. As usual, Fisher salts her work with ... Read full review

Review: Consider the Oyster

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Unfortunately, my experience with oysters doesn't extend much beyond the canned and smoked variety on top of a cracker, but now I'm hungry for something more. As usual, Fisher salts her work with ... Read full review

Contents

Love and Death Among the Molluscs
3
A Supper to Sleep
8
R is for Oyster
15
The WellDressed Oyster
23
Take 300 Clean Oysters
27
A Lusty Bit of Nourishment
30
Pearls Are Not Good to
47
Those Were Happy Days
54
Soup of the Evening Beautiful Soup
58
Love Was the Pearl
64
My Country Tis of Thee
68
As Luscious as Locusts
72
Index of Recipes
77
Copyright

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Oyster
Rebecca Stott
Limited preview - 2004

About the author (1988)

M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) is the author of numerous books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics.

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