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Consider the Oyster Paperback – October 1, 1988
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About the Author
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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It had me craving oysters from page one, and it is now a goal of mine to make Oyster stew this year. Some of the other recipes seem a bit silly, but I'll try one of those at least.
It is hard to describe her work. Every word seems perfectly placed, like a musical note. This book is like a masterpiece in writing. I love oysters even more because of it. I have tried the recipes listed, and they have turned out incredible. The oyster stew was fantastic.
There is a recipe for Ramos' Gin Fizz, a drink I have never heard of. I researched it, and the drink was invented in the early 19th century!! It doesn't give the recipe for the drink which is a shame, but I did find the recipe on line and I did try it. It was very good. There is a sense of food archeology with the book, as if you are Indiana Jones discovering a lost city. You must read it to understand what I'm saying.
Every time I read this book, I feel transported in time to a happier place, where food was better. I feel like I'm tagging along with Fisher discovering hidden treasures of restaurants in remote locals.
Pick up this book if you love oysters, also pick it up if you love great writing by a great author.
There are about 25 recipes in "Consider the Oyster" from the mundane to the eccentric, some that were quaintly outdated at the time of writing and some that were very fashionable. Fisher has found a recipe for Oyster Loaf comparable to one from her mother's schooldays in the 1890s. She also unearthed a recipe for homemade Butter Crackers from the same era, which might be an improvement over modern "oyster crackers". There are recipes for oysters grilled, roasted, fried, and baked, Oysters Rockefeller, oyster stuffing, oyster catsup, and Hang Town Fry, which is fried oysters in an egg pancake. Some are curiosities, others inspiration to the adventurous cook.
The prose is witty, literate, and friendly. M.F.K. Fisher was a talented essayist who didn't take herself too seriously. She regales the reader with stories, opinions, trivia, and lore as if we were favorite guests at her dinner table. Her humor and genuineness are always entertaining and enjoyable. Although some of the references are dated, they are no less interesting for their age. "Consider the Oyster" is a lot of fun for oyster lovers, short, easy to digest (as they say), and evidence of just how modern and how traditional oysters can be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
MFK Fisher has a beautiful writing style along with a wry wit and deep insight regarding any subject she takes on. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nancela
Written well before I was born. Well before I had my first oyster. Well before the food network. It's a very bright and cheerful read. Funny, witty, quirky. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amanda Osborne
The second book by this prolific and influential author, it tells with wit, poetry, and precision the story from birth to table of an amazing food. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joel Kugelmass
I quote from back cover "MFK Fisher, whom John Updike has called our "poet of the appetites," here pays tribute to that most enigmatic of ocean creatures, the... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by Julie Bakerville
None of my friends beliwve that this is a real book despite proof otherwise. A book about oysters!? Indeed. It is utterly fascinating. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Cynthia
This book takes you back in time when America was raw and free.This ladys brutal truth is sexy.Published on April 3, 2009 by Ross