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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: North Point Press (October 10, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865473919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865473911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Since Mrs. Fisher wrote [An Alphabet for Gourmets], naturally it is witty, pungent and highly civilized, but also it has a special charm...It not only guides and titillates; it warms."--Rex Stout, The New York Times Book Review

"Full of sound counsel, shrewd observation, luscious memories of dinners eaten and wines drunk, and a lot of common sense spiced with personal recollection. It's a good mixture."-- J.H. Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle

"Entertaining and knowledgeable."--The New Yorker

About the Author

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

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Particularly enjoyable for her rather obscure selection of an alphabet by which to write about food. If you want more, I recommend the compendium The Art of Eating, by the same author. This woman really enjoyed food, even the simplest meal, which might even be eaten alone and enjoyed more for the experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Edelman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Mary Francis Kay Fisher was very much a free spirit, a woman who went where her passions took her, and the greatest- or perhaps the second greatest of these was good food. At a time when most people were leaving behind the simple, home grown food of their childhood for the new convenience foods and other modern fare, she argued passionately for what we might call slow food today: SImple, elegant fare, prepared with fresh ingredients and with passion. During World War II, when many foodstuffs were in short supply, she wrote "How To Cook A Wolf" in order to show people that a lack of things like beef, which was the centerpiece of the mid-century American diet, and to live well at the same time.

This volume is a collection of musings, remembrances and opinions organized under the alphabet. There's no real theme to the book, other than that each chapter contains one or more recipes, and each represents a strongly held opinion of Fishers, and she had a great many strongly held opinions. The first chapter is A, for dining Alone, a topic she often addressed. She finishes the chapter with recipes for Ambrosia, made with oranges, coconut and sherry, a discussion of how crepes should be served, and a condemnation of Jello salads- three unrelated topics, really, except they all touch on something she mentions in her defense of solo dining.

L is for Literature, and is obviously concerned with food references in books. Here she closes the chapter with recipes for a medieval "Herring Pye" that no one would bother to try and duplicate and a description of Garum, the classic condiment of ancient Rome, which finds its closes modern equivalent in Thai fish sauce. Why? Because Fisher thinks it interesting, and that's good enough for this reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. Robinson on August 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I ordered a copy of An Alphabet for Gourmets, expecting to find a softcover one similar to that in the photo. What I received was a lovely hardback copy inside a sturdy cardboard cover. The cover of the book had lovely, colorful designs on it and the inside was filled with beautiful, full color prints at the beginning of each chapter. Even the paper was higher quality, almost like cloth. This was indeed a wonderful gift book. I give kudos to the seller who went a cut above in providing this product.
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