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Book Title: With Bold Knife and Fork|
The author of the book: M.F.K. Fisher
ISBN 13: 9781582431871
Edition: Counterpoint LLC
Date of issue: July 1st 2002
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 568 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.5
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Very readable; this is a book which I willingly pick up when (for example) I’m blind-baking a pastry case. So I'm not sure exactly how many times I've read this book, or indeed whether I've actually yet read it all. This is a book of unexpected gems, not just of prose, but also of valuable ideas.
For example some years ago I stocked up on tinned pumpkin, because I had an excellent pumpkin cake recipe (from ‘Bon Appetite’ magazine) … before my husband decided in a Tigger-ish moment, that he didn’t like that particular cake any more. What then to do with six cans of tinned pumpkin? On pg 191 MFK made a worthwhile suggestion: pumpkin dumplings (bless her for advising that ‘canned [pumpkin] will do’). If anyone can suggest a solution for the other three tins, I should be most grateful.
I love her dry humour. For example: QUOTE (p.270):
“And further along in the section Queen Vic[toria’s] cook called Ornamental Entremets there is an almost equally discouraging recipe, unfortunately without an illustration, for making a ‘Savoy cake in the form of a glazed ham.’ This must have roused many a merry moment at court, compared with some others of those interminable dinners. I know ways to make people laugh that are easier...”
A quick look at the Index ought be enough to sell this book to anyone interested in food and cooking. Is our curiosity roused as mine was by entries such as, “‘Mountain oysters” of lambs testicles (129,130)“, “Lobster claws (65)”, “Questionable Crumpets (233)”, “nasturtium-leaf sandwiches, (235). This really is a book on social history as much as on cooking. I’ve eaten nasturtium flowers before, but using the young leaves in sandwiches (thinly cut home-made white bread, buttered) was new to me.
Forget present-day ‘me-too’ celebrity cooks. Go for the classics instead, proven over the course of the years.
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Read information about the authorMary Frances Kennedy Fisher was a prolific and well-respected writer, writing more than 20 books during her lifetime and also publishing two volumes of journals and correspondence shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her books deal primarily with food, considering it from many aspects: preparation, natural history, culture, and philosophy. Fisher believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored the art of living as a secondary theme in her writing. Her style and pacing are noted elements of her short stories and essays.
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