Quotations From M.F.K FISHER

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  • 11.
    Dictionaries are always fun, but not always reassuring.
    M.F.K. Fisher (b. 1908), U.S. author and food expert. Dubious Honors, part 2 (1988). From a 1984 book review of Square Meals, by Jane and Michael Stern.

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  • 12.
    ... having bowed to the inevitability of the dictum that we must eat to live, we should ignore it and live to eat ...
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "A is for Dining Alone" chapter (1949).
  • 13.
    ... most bereaved souls crave nourishment more tangible than prayers: they want a steak. What is more, they need a steak. Preferably they need it rare, grilled, heavily salted, for that way it is most easily digested, and most quickly turned into the glandular whip their tired adrenals cry for.
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "S is for Sad" chapter (1949).
  • 14.
    ... ostentatious dining has little dignity about it, although the combination is possible.
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "O is for Ostentation" chapter (1949).
  • 15.
    ... gastronomical perfection can be reached in these combinations: one person dining alone, usually upon a couch or a hill side; two people, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good restaurant; six people, of no matter what sex or age, dining in a good home.
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "From A to Z" chapter (1949).

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  • 16.
    Life is hard, we say. An oyster's life is worse. She lives motionless, soundless, her own cold ugly shape her only dissipation ...
    M.F.K. Fisher (b. 1908), U.S. author and food expert. Consider the Oyster, ch. 1 (1954).

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  • 17.
    One ... aspect of the case for World War II is that while it was still a shooting affair it taught us survivors a great deal about daily living which is valuable to us now that it is, ethically at least, a question of cold weapons and hot words.
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. How to Cook a Wolf, rev. ed., Introduction to the Revised Edition (1951). The first edition of this book had been published in 1942, when the war was still in progress.

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  • 18.
    There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. The Gastronomical Me, Foreword (1943).

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  • 19.
    People ask me: "Why do you write about food, and eating, and drinking? Why don't you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way the others do?"... The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry.
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. The Gastronomical Me, Foreword (1943).

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  • 20.
    Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures ...
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. Vin et Fromage, Introduction (1981). In English, the title of this book (which was written and published in the United States) is "Wine and Cheese." The book's authors are Marylou Scavarda and Kate Sater.

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