Serve It Forth

Serve It Forth Author M. F. K. Fisher
ISBN-10 0865473692
Year 1937
Pages 146
Language en
Publisher Macmillan

Essays and anecdotes on the subject of gastronomy discuss the abuses of the potato, the furtive enjoyment of "secret eatings," and the culinary customs of ancient Greece, the Roman empire, and medieval Europe.

Serve It Forth

Serve It Forth Author Anne McCaffrey
ISBN-10 9780809500949
Year 2004-02-01
Pages 228
Language en
Publisher Wildside Press LLC

A compilation of recipes contributed by science fiction and fantasy authors, with personal notes.

Consider the Oyster

Consider the Oyster Author M. F. K. Fisher
ISBN-10 9781787201262
Year 2016-10-21
Pages 74
Language en
Publisher Pickle Partners Publishing

M. F. K. Fisher, whom John Updike has called our “poet of the appetites,” here pays tribute to that most enigmatic of ocean creatures, the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared à 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 the 1890s, 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. “Consider the Oyster marks M. F. K. Fisher’s emergence as a storyteller so confident that she can maneuver a reader through a narrative in which recipes enhance instead of interrupt the reader’s attention to the tales. She approaches a recipe as a published dream or wish, and the stories she tells here...are also stories of the pleasures and disillusionments of dreams fulfilled.”—PATRICIA STORACE, The New York Review of Books “Since Lewis Carroll no one had written charmingly about that indecisively sexed bivalve until Mrs. Fisher came along with her Consider the Oyster. Surely this will stand for some time as the most judicious treatment in English.”—CLIFFTON FADIMAN

The Art of Eating

The Art of Eating Author Joan Reardon
ISBN-10 9780544177437
Year 2014-05-06
Pages 784
Language en
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

RUTH REICHL "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." JULIA CHILD "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." ALCIE WATERS "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."

The Well Kept Kitchen

The Well Kept Kitchen Author Gervase Markham
ISBN-10 9780241950906
Year 2011-04-07
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK

In 1615 the poet and writer Gervase Markham published an extraordinary handbook for housewives, containing advice on everything from planting herbs to brewing beer, feeding animals to distilling perfume, with recipes for a variety of dishes such as trifle, pancakes and salads (not to mention some amusingly tart words on how the ideal wife should behave). Aimed at middle-class women who would share in household tasks with their servants in the kitchen, this companionable and opinionated book offers a richly enjoyable glimpse of the way we lived, worked and ate 400 years ago.

Material Dreams

Material Dreams Author Kevin Starr
ISBN-10 9780199923274
Year 1990-04-12
Pages 496
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press

Kevin Starr is the foremost chronicler of the California dream and indeed one of the finest narrative historians writing today on any subject. The first two installments of his monumental cultural history, "Americans and the California Dream," have been hailed as "mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting)" (The New York Times Book Review) and "rich in details and alive with interesting, and sometimes incredible people" (Los Angeles Times). Now, in Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles. In a lively and eminently readable narrative, Starr reveals how Los Angeles arose almost defiantly on a site lacking many of the advantages required for urban development, creating itself out of sheer will, the Great Gatsby of American cities. He describes how William Ellsworth Smyth, the Peter the Hermit of the Irrigation Crusade, the self-educated, Irish engineer William Mulholland (who built the main aquaducts to Los Angeles), and George Chaffey (who diverted the Colorado River, transforming desert into the lush Imperial Valley) brought life-supporting water to the arid South. He examines the discovery of oil, the boosters and land developers, the evangelists (such as Bob Shuler, the Methodist Savanarola of Los Angeles, and Aimee Semple McPherson), and countless other colorful figures of the period. There are also fascinating sections on the city's architecture the impact of the automobile on city planning, the Hollywood film community, the L.A. literati, and much more. By the end of the decade, Los Angeles had tripled in population and become the fifth largest city in the nation. In Material Dreams, Starr captures this explosive growth in a narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose.

Fabulous Feasts

Fabulous Feasts Author Madeleine Pelner Cosman
ISBN-10 080760898X
Year 1976
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher George Braziller

Explores every aspect of medieval life as reflected in the food and the eating habits of the Middle Ages, at peasant's board and King's table, and provides recipes for medieval dishes

Aesthetic Pleasure in Twentieth Century Women s Food Writing

Aesthetic Pleasure in Twentieth Century Women s Food Writing Author Alice McLean
ISBN-10 9781136706868
Year 2012-05-22
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Routledge

This book explores the aesthetic pleasures of eating and writing in the lives of M. F. K. Fisher (1908-1992), Alice B. Toklas (1877-1967), and Elizabeth David (1913-1992). Growing up during a time when women's food writing was largely limited to the domestic cookbook, which helped to codify the guidelines of middle class domesticity, Fisher, Toklas, and David claimed the pleasures of gastronomy previously reserved for men. Articulating a language through which female desire is artfully and publicly sated, Fisher, Toklas, and David expanded women’s food writing beyond the domestic realm by pioneering forms of self-expression that celebrate female appetite for pleasure and for culinary adventure. In so doing, they illuminate the power of genre-bending food writing to transgress and reconfigure conventional gender ideologies. For these women, food encouraged a sensory engagement with their environment and a physical receptivity toward pleasure that engendered their creative aesthetic.

Cooking in Europe 1250 1650

Cooking in Europe  1250 1650 Author Ken Albala
ISBN-10 0313330964
Year 2006-01-01
Pages 153
Language en
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group

A sampling of authentic recipes used in Europe from 1250-1650 are presented in the same form in which they first appeared and are accompanied by explanations of unfamiliar terms and basic guidelines for preparation.

Wedding Cakes and Cultural History

Wedding Cakes and Cultural History Author S. R. Charsley
ISBN-10 9780415026499
Year 1992
Pages 162
Language en
Publisher Taylor & Francis

The wedding cake is one of the most extraordinary of the familiar objects of the Western world. In this unique contribution to the anthropology of food, Simon Charsley traces its fascinating history, from late medieval feasts and rites, through the Victorian wedding breakfast and into the present. He shows that the wedding cake provides a vivid illustration of the traditions and traditional values inherent in all food and demonstrates the part that material culture plays in the process of change.

Here Let Us Feast

Here Let Us Feast Author Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher
ISBN-10 0865472068
Year 1986
Pages 323
Language en
Publisher North Light Books

This book is about feasting. It is a collection of excerpts-sentences, and paragraphs, and even pages-concerned with man's fundamental need to celebrate the high points of his life by eating and drinking. It is true that such a subject is note always connected, perforce, with the fine art of gastronomy, but still it is honest and intrinsically necessary in any human scheme, any plan for the future, any racial memory. -M.F.K. Fisher

Pleyn Delit

Pleyn Delit Author Constance B. Hieatt
ISBN-10 0802076327
Year 1996
Pages 172
Language en
Publisher University of Toronto Press

Adapts over one hundred authentic medieval recipes to the ingredients and equipment of the modern kitchen, providing an abundance of simple and elaborate soups, side and main dishes, stews, and desserts

Sister Age

Sister Age Author M.F.K. Fisher
ISBN-10 9780307779205
Year 2011-02-16
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Vintage

In these fifteen remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces the coming of old age. With a saint to guide us, she writes, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy like Sister Age" But in the stories, it is the human strength in the unavoidable encounter with the end of life that Fisher dramatizes so powerfully. Other themes—the importance of witnessing death, the marvelous resilience of the old, the passing of vanity—are all explored with insight, sympathy and, often, a sly wit.