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... living out of sight of any shore does rich and powerfully strange things to humans.M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author. The Gastronomical Me, "Sea Change" chapter (1943).
Children and old people and the parents in between should be able to live together, in order to learn how to die with grace, together. And I fear that this is purely utopian fantasy ...M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. Sister Age, Afterword (1983).
It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without soup or bread in it.M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. Soup and Bread, Foreword (1978). The authors of the book are Julia Older and Steve Sherman.
I can no more think of my own life without thinking of wine and wines and where they grew for me and why I drank them when I did and why I picked the grapes and where I opened the oldest procurable bottles, and all that, than I can remember living before I breathed.M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. The Book of California Wine, Preface (1984).
I like old people when they have aged well. And old houses with an accumulation of sweet honest living in them are good. And the timelessness that only the passing of Time itself can give to objects both inside and outside the spirit is a continuing reassurance.M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. Sister Age, Afterword (1983).
...I prefer not to have among my guests two people or more, of any sex, who are in the first wild tremours of love. It is better to invite them after their new passion has settled, has solidified into a quieter reciprocity of emotions. (It is also a waste of good food, to serve it to new lovers.)M.F.K. Fisher (b. 1908), U.S. author and food expert. Serve it Forth, ch. 9 (1937).
In America we eat, collectively, with a glum urge for food to fill us. We are ignorant of flavour. We are as a nation taste-blind.M.F.K. Fisher (b. 1908), U.S. author and food expert. Serve it Forth, ch. 13 (1937).
There are many of us who cannot but feel dismal about the future of various cultures. Often it is hard not to agree that we are becoming culinary nitwits, dependent upon fast foods and mass kitchens and megavitamins for our basically rotten nourishment.M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. New American Chefs and Their Recipes, Preface (1984). The book's author is Lou Seibert Pappas.
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At its best, [Japanese cooking] is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, with religion, with tradition and history. It is evocative of seasonal changes, or of one's childhood, or of a storm at sea ...M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. culinary writer and autobiographer. Japanese Cooking, Introduction (1980). The book's author is Shizuo Tsuji.
Central heating, French rubber goods, and cookbooks are three amazing proofs of man's ingenuity in transforming necessity into art, and of these, cookbooks are perhaps most lastingly delightful.M.F.K. Fisher (b. 1908), U.S. author and food expert. Serve it Forth, ch. 4 (1937).
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