M.F.K. Fisher, whom John Updike has called our "poet of the appetites," here pays tribute to that most delicate and enigmatic of foods-the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared à la Rockefeller or au natureland of the pearls sometimes found thereinFisher describes her mother's joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls' dorm in he 1890's, recalls her own initiation into the "strange cold succulence" of raw oysters as a young woman in Marseille and Dijon, and explores both the bivalve's famed aphrodisiac properties and its equally notorious gut-wrenching powers. Plumbing the "dreadful but exciting" life of the oyster, Fisher invites readers to share in the comforts and delights that this delicate edible evokes, and enchants us along the way with her characteristically wise and witty prose.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||5.13(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.38(d)|
About the Author
M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992) is the author of numerous books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was looking up some information about oyster preparation and this little book kept cropping up. Something I'm very glad about as this elongated essay or perhaps pean to the oyster is fantastic. We learn about the tricky life of the oyster the best ways to stew & fry it. How to make it grow pearls and how the author once found one herself. Scattered through out are recipes several of which require a reasonae purse and a good measure of gastranomic bravey. Finally we are given advice about what to drink with our oysters.
This book is an epicurean classic. Fisher mixes tales of the bivalve delicacy with food advice, food history, recipes and so on - all the while engaging in charming, elegant and witty prose. I consider this to be one of the most unexpectedly surprising books in my little library.
Quite a gem; part natural history, part cookbook, part social commentary. The writing is elegant, witty, and seductive. This book whets the appetite for oysters, and other pleasures as well.