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Serve It Forth (Art of Eating) Paperback – September 18, 2002
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A trade paperback reprint of the first book in the noted food writer's "Art of Eating" series, this originally appeared in 1937 and has long been out of print. In it Fisher gracefully "serves up" musings, anecdotes, history, reminiscences on (as she says) "eating and about what to eat and about people who eat." Also available from North Point are Consider the Oyster and How To Cook a Wolf; due this fall are An Alphabet for Gourmets and The Gastronomical Me. -- MR
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“The best prose writer in America.” ―W.H. Auden
“She writes about food as others do about love, but rather better.” ―Clifton Fadiman
“Poet of the appetites.” ―John Updike
“A monument.” ―Julia Child
“One of the world's finest food writers and, in the eyes of many, the grand dame of gastronomy.” ―James Villas
“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
“One of my great heroes.” ―Jacques Pepin
“A delightful book. It is erudite and witty and experienced and young.” ―The New York Times Book Review
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