A collection of essays by one of America's best known food writers, that are often more autobiographical or historical than anecdotal musings on food preparation and consumption. The book includes culinary advice to World War II housewives plagued by food shortages, portraits of family members and friends (with all their idiosyncrasies) and notes on her studies at the University of Dijon, in France. Through each story she weaves her love of food and passion for cooking, and illustrates that our three basic needs as human beings--love, food and security--are so intermingled that it is difficult to think of one without the others. The book won the 1989 James Beard Cookbook Award.
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"Actress/producer Diane Baker's reading of gastronomical advice from the pen of Fisher lends to an evocative, absorbing production describing feasts, culinary experiences, and the fine art of gourmet pleasures. Selections from numerous Fisher works offer a unified and smooth commentary on the finer points of food appreciation." -- The Bookwatch, January 1992
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"Fisher is a thoughtful and skilled wordsmith and for those with fancy food on their minds, it is likely three hours well spent." -- Rick Teverbaugh, Andersonville Herald-Bulletin, February 9, 1992
"In this two-tape set, narrated by Diane Baker, you can revel in the pleasure of "The Gastronomical Me," "Serve It Forth," "How to Cook a Wolf" and "An Alphabet for Gourmets"...M.F.K. Fisher is magical for anyone, in any era." -- Sacramento News and Review, February 4, 1999
"She writes about fleeting tastes and feasts vividly, excitingly, sensuously, exquisitely." -- James Beard
"These 13 excerpts from four of her books might well have been called not The Art of Eating, but The Art of Living, so broad ranging are their themes. They make up a delightful Fisher sampler that should win converts among the uninitiated and inspire approval among fans. Actress Diane Baker's clear and well-paced presentation rings with unmistakable enthusiasm, and adding to the pleasure of this book is the attractive cover painting. A treat!" -- H.W. Coonley, Kliatt, January 1992