Synopses & Reviews
In Serve It Forth
, her first book, M. F. K. Fisher takes readers on an animated journey through culinary history, beginning with the honey-loving Greeks and the immoderate Romans. Fisher recalls a hunt for snails and truffles with one of the last adepts in that art and recounts how Catherine de Medici, lonely for home cooking, touched off a culinary revolution by bringing Italian chefs to France. Each essay makes clear the absolute firmness of Fisher's taste--contrarian and unique--and her skill at stirring memory and imagination into a potent brew.
"Sometimes funny, sometimes sorrowful, always full of the rich juices of keenly felt life . . ." (Clifton Fadiman)
"Mrs. Fisher writes with enjoyment, which is clearly the first thing necessary in a book of this kind . . ." (The Times Literary Supplement)
"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
This collection of entertaining anecdotes includes the abuses of the potato and how it can be dignified, social status relative to one's appreciation of vegetables, and the growth of the art of eating in ancient Greece and Rome.
About the Author
is the author of numerous books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics.