The Art of Eating


“I don’t think I’m a food writer any more than I am a love writer or a fish writer or a fowl writer. I just write about life.”

This quote might seem surprising since M. F. K. Fisher is synonymous with food writing. Her 30+ books are largely centered on food, as clearly exhibited in The Art of Eating. This masterful tome contains her five most popular books: Serve It Forth (1937), Consider The Oyster (1941), How To Cook A Wolf (1942), The Gastronomical Me (1943) and An Alphabet For Gourmets (1949). An eclectic mixture of instruction, opinion, and autobiography with recipes scattered throughout each book. Through each story she weaves her love of food and passion for cooking. She illustrates that our three basic needs as human beings – love, food and security – are so intermingled that it is difficult to think of one without the others.


M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating, Macmillan, NY, 1979, 1st thus, 749 including index, FINE/NEAR FINE. Five titles in one book. Contents clean and binding sound. No writing or food stains. Glue from nameplate on first page. Stain on top edge, but does not affect internal pages.This reissue includes an introduction by Clifton Fadiman and an appreciation by James Beard. (Originally published by World Publications, NY, 1954.)