Dubious Honors: A Book of Prefaces

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M.F.K. Fisher needs no introduction. For years readers have been collecting books for the "Introduction by M.F.K. Fisher." Now she has gathered together her marvelously bright (and sometimes biting) introductions in one volume -- and to further satisfy her legions of voracious fans, she has written new introductions to the introductions.

Essays on a variety of disparate subjects from marriage to Maurice Chevalier, from pots and pans...

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Overview

M.F.K. Fisher needs no introduction. For years readers have been collecting books for the "Introduction by M.F.K. Fisher." Now she has gathered together her marvelously bright (and sometimes biting) introductions in one volume -- and to further satisfy her legions of voracious fans, she has written new introductions to the introductions.

Essays on a variety of disparate subjects from marriage to Maurice Chevalier, from pots and pans to the seaport of Cassis.

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Library Journal
Fisher, of whom it was once said that she writes about food the way that others write about love, is probably the most esteemed food writer in America. Here she collects 35 prefaces15 written for her own books, the rest for cookbooks and other books about food and drink by other writers, each of the latter introduced by a short new essay. Some of the prefaces are rich and meaty, like the small masterwork that introduces the memorial edition of The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook ; some are very slight. The only point in reprinting them is to gather in one place the perceptions, insights, and autobiographical fragments that enrich almost every sentence Fisher writes. She is always worth reading, but this is a minor addition to the canon. Ruth Diebold, M.L.S., Upper Nyack, N.Y.
James Beard
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.
Clifton Fadiman
She writes about food as others do about love, but rather better.
Patricia Storace
M.F.K. Fisher ... brings onstage a peach or a brace of quail and shows us history, cities, fantasies, memories, emotions.
Shana Alexander
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865474147
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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