Serve It Forth

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

NY Times Book Review
A delightful book. It is erudite and witty and experienced and young.
Times Literary Supplement
Mrs. Fisher writes with enjoyment, which is clearly the first thing necessary in a book of this kind . . .
New York Times Book Review
This is a book about food; but though food is universal, this book is unique. It is erudite and witty and experienced and young. The truth is that it is stamped on every page with a highly individualized personality. Sophisticated but not standardized, brilliant but never 'swift-moving' or 'streamlined,' perfumed and a little mocking, direct and yet almost pr&#233cieuse, the style of Serve It Forth is as unusual as its material is unfamiliar and odd. -- Books of the Century; New York Times review, June 1937
Library Journal
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
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. (James Beard).
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: 9780865473690
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 444,128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

M.F.K. Fisher is the author of numerous books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics.

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Table of Contents

To Begin 3
When a Man Is Small 6
Greek Honey and the Hon-Zo: 300 B.C.-100 A.D. Egypt, the Orient, and Greece 12
The Curious Nose 19
Let the Sky Rain Potatoes 25
Borderland 30
Garum: 100 A.D.-400 A.D. Rome 33
Fifty Million Snails 40
Meals for Me 47
Dark Ages and the Men of God: 1000 A.D.-1400 A.D. Europe 53
I Arise Resigned 55
In Sinistra Parte, Johannus Baptista: 1100 A.D.-1450 A.D. England 62
Pity the Blind in Palate 68
A Pigges Pettie Toes: Elizabethan England 72
The Standing and the Waiting 76
Catherine's Lonesome Cooks: 1533 A.D.-1810 A.D. France 89
Two Birds Without a Branch 95
The Pale Yellow Glove 99
The Brothers 106
Set Piece for a Fishing Party: 1810 A.D.-1900 A.D. France 108
On Dining Alone 114
Sing of Dinner in a Dish 119
Shell Shock and Richard the Third: 1900 A.D.-Europe and America 127
The Social Status of a Vegetable 133
Cesar 140
To End 147
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