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Here Let Us Feast: A Book of Banquets Paperback – September 1, 1986
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Extensively revised by the author, this enlightening cornucopia of writings toasts the pleasures of food, drink and celebration in literature. It also marks the first time in years that the complete works of Fisher, an authority on gastronomy and an elegant crafter of prose, are available. Eleven chapters present selections varying in length from a few paragraphs to several pages that begin with the ancient Chinese and Greeks and the Bible and progress to the pioneers of America, while pausing to linger in the literatures of England, France, Germany, Russia (among others). This is a refreshing, nourishing and fulfilling sampler from a connoisseur of a genre she has created.
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"I do not know of any one in the United States who writes better prose." -- W.H. Auden
"M.F.K. Fisher ... brings onstage a peach or a brace of quail and shows us history, cities, fantasies, memories, emotions." -- Patricia Storace, The New York Review of Books
"M.F.K. Fisher is our greatest food writer because she puts food in the mount, the mind and the imagination all at the same time. Beyond the gastronomical bravura, she is a passionate woman; food is her metaphor." -- Shana Alexander
"Poet of the appetites." -- John Updike
"She writes about fleeting tastes and feasts vividly, excitingly, sensuously, exquisitely. There is almost a wicked thrill in following her uninhibited track through the glories of the good life." -- James Beard
"She writes about food as others do about love, but rather better." -- Clifton Fadiman
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Ms. Fisher intersperses comments and anecdotes of her own when introducing the various themes, which are well worth reading on their own. Some cuisines - notably Japanese, African, South American - are neglected and modern Italy gets a bit of a short shrift as well - but, other than that, this book is a wonderful serving of literary comfort food.