The Art of Eating

The Art of Eating

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"Mary Frances [Fisher] has the extraordinary ability to make the ordinary seem rich and wonderful. Her dignity comes from her absolute insistence on appreciating life as it comes to her."

"How wonderful to have here in my hands the essence of M.F.K. Fisher, whose wit and fulsome opinions on food and those who produce it, comment upon it, and consume it are as apt today as they were several decades ago, when she composed them. Why did she choose food and hunger she was asked, and she replied, 'When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth, and the love of it . . . and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied.' This is the stuff we need to hear, and to hear again and again."

"This comprehensive volume should be required reading for every cook. It defines in a sensual and beautiful way the vital relationship between food and culture."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780945353607
Publisher: Audio Partners Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/1993
Edition description: Unabridged, 2 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.31(w) x 7.03(h) x 0.64(d)

Table of Contents

The Art of Eating: In Celebrationx
Thoughts About M. F. K. Fisher and Her Workxvi
One More Timexxvi
Serve It Forth
To Begin5
When a Man Is Small7
Greek Honey and the Hon-Zo (3000 B.C.-100 A.D.--Egypt, the Orient, and Greece)12
The Curious Nose17
Let the Sky Rain Potatoes22
Garum (100 A.D.-400 A.D.--Rome)29
Fifty Million Snails34
Meals for Me40
Dark Ages and the Men of God (1000 A.D.-1400 A.D.--Europe)45
I Arise Resigned47
In Sinistra Parte, Johannus Baptista (1100 A.D.-1450 A.D.--England)52
Pity the Blind in Palate57
A Pigges Pettie Toes (Elizabethan England)60
The Standing and the Waiting64
Catherine's Lonesome Cooks (1533 A.D.-1810 A.D.--France)75
Two Birds Without a Branch80
The Pale Yellow Glove83
The Brothers89
Set-piece for a Fishing Party (1810 A.D.-1900 A.D.--France)91
On Dining Alone
Sing of Dinner in a Dish100
Shell-Shock and Richard the Third (1900 A.D.--Europe and America)107
The Social Status of a Vegetable111
To End121
Consider The Gyster
Love and Death Among the Molluscs125
A Supper to Sleep On129
R is for Oyster135
The Well-dressed Oyster139
Take 300 Clean Oysters144
A Lusty Bit of Nourishment146
Pearls Are Not Good to Eat160
Those Were Happy Days166
Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup170
Love Was the Pearl175
My Country, 'Tis of Thee178
As Luscious as Locusts181
How To Cook A Wolf
Introduction to Revised edition187
How to Be Sage Without Hemlock189
How to Catch the Wolf195
How to Distribute Your Virtue198
How to Boil Water207
How to Greet the Spring223
How Not to Boil an Egg229
How to Keep Alive240
How to Rise Up Like New Bread245
How to Be Cheerful Though Starving252
How to Carve the Wolf257
How to Make a Pigeon Cry277
How to Pray for Peace286
How to Be Content with a Vegetable Love296
How to Make a Great Show300
How to Have a Sleek Pelt305
How to Comfort Sorrow310
How to Be a Wise Man320
How to Lure the Wolf323
How to Drink to the Wolf329
How Not to Be an Earthworm335
How to Practice True Economy343
The Gastronomical Me
The Measure of My Powers354
A Thing Shared356
The Measure of My Powers359
The Measure of My Powers364
The First Oyster368
The Measure of My Powers378
The Measure of My Powers382
Sea Change385
The Measure of My Powers393
To Feed Such Hunger408
The Measure of My Powers419
Noble and Enough427
The Measure of My Powers435
The Measure of My Powers446
Sea Change455
Sea Change463
Sea Change469
Define This Word474
The Measure of My Powers483
Once I Dreamed501
I Remember Three Restaurants502
Sea Change510
The Lemming to the Sea518
The Flaw526
The Measure of My Powers536
Feminine Ending552
An Alphabet For Gourmets
A is for dining Alone577
B is for Bachelors584
C is for Cautious589
D is for Dining out594
E is for Exquisite600
F is for Family605
G is for Gluttony613
H is for Happy618
I is for Innocence623
J is for Juvenile dining628
K is for Kosher634
L is for Literature640
M is for Monastic645
N is for Nautical650
O is for Ostentation658
P is for Peas663
Q is for Quantity670
R is for Romantic678
S is for Sad682
T is for Turbot687
U is for Universal693
V is for Venality701
W is for Wanton706
X is for Xanthippe713
Y is for Yak720
Z is for Zakuski727
From A to Z: The Perfect Dinner736

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Art of Eating 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mcglothlen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You don't get to call yourself a foodie until you've read M.F.K. Fisher. She was the best American writer on food that I know of. She was one of the best writers I know of in any genre. This is probably the easiest way to get caught up. Five of her books in one hefty volume. I love every moment of these books.
wenestvedt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of essays, all reprints, by Fisher. Her prose is wonderfully paced and just makes me excited about the handling, preparation, and enjoyment of good food. There's really no recipes as such in here; the essays reflect what "foodie" culture was like long before foodies were identified as such. (For example, one pieces explores rationing in WWII and what it does to home cooking.)