Love in a Dish and Other Pieces

By M. F. K. Fisher

Even if the topic of her fancy is the lowly, unassuming potato or the affection lifetime of that aphrodisiac mollusk the oyster, Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher writes with a simplicity that belies the complexities of the existence she frequently muses on. She is hailed as one in all America's preeminent writers approximately gastronomy. yet to restrict her to that style will be a disservice. She used to be passionate and well-traveled, and her narratives fill over dozen hugely acclaimed books. during this number of a few of her most interesting works, we research that Fisher's palette was once not just good educated in gastronomical masterpieces, yet in life's top pleasures besides. Love in a Dish . . . and different Culinary Delights by means of M.F.K. Fisher is an educational handbook on easy methods to dwell, consume, and love introduced jointly by way of prolific researcher and culinary fanatic Anne Zimmerman. With nice care she has chosen essays that typically forgive our lustful appetites, but at the same time rejoice them, as in "Once a Tramp, continually . . . " and "Love in a Dish," which courses us down the trail to marital bliss through the family members eating desk. it truly is via this rigorously selected choice, such as essays by no means prior to gathered in booklet shape, that we come across Fisher's daring ardour for delicacies and an advent to her concept of what constitutes the scrumptious lifestyles.

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