Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher

(1908_1992 / Albion, Michigan)

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher Quotes

  • ''Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer. "A Is for Dining Alone," An Alphabet for Gourmets (1949).
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  • ''... 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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  • ''[Bachelors'] approach to gastronomy is basically sexual, since few of them under seventy-nine will bother to produce a good meal unless it is for a pretty woman.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "B is for Bachelors" chapter (1949).
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  • ''... 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).
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  • ''The things men come to eat when they are alone are, I suppose, not much stranger than the men themselves.... A writer years ago told me of living for five months on hen mash.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. An Alphabet for Gourmets, "M is for Monastic" chapter (1949).
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  • ''... 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).
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  • ''... 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).
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  • ''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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  • ''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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  • ''I believe that one of the most dignified ways we are capable of, to assert and then reassert our dignity in the face of poverty and war's fears and pains, is to nourish ourselves with all possible skill, delicacy, and ever-increasing enjoyment.''
    M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. How to Cook a Wolf, Conclusion (1942).
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