Food and Cooking
Consider the Oyster
Paperback ISBN: 0865473358
M.F.K. Fisher, whom John Updike has called our "poet of the appetites," here pays tribute to that most delicate and enigmatic of foods---the oyster. As she tells of oysters found in stews, in soups, roasted, baked, fried, prepared à; la Rockefeller or au naturel--and of the pearls sometimes found therein--Fisher describes her mother's joy at encountering oyster loaf in a girls' dorm in he 1890's, recalls her own initiation into the "strange cold succulence" of raw oysters as a young woman in Marseille and Dijon, and explores both the bivalve's famed aphrodisiac properties and its equally notorious gut-wrenching powers. Plumbing the "dreadful but exciting" life of the oyster, Fisher invites readers to share in the comforts and delights that this delicate edible evokes, and enchants us along the way with her characteristically wise and witty prose.
Cooking With Master Chefs
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0679748296
A companion volume to a fall PBS series features interviews with sixteen American master chefs and presents fifty of their recipes, explaining individual techniques that make the dishes memorable. Simultaneous. TV tie-in. 200,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo. Tour.