Author: M.F.K. Fisher
The best chapters are about Fisher's own experiences. She roasts tangerine segments on the radiator of her French hotel room while the chambermaid tells ribald tales of her own encounters with traveling cyclists. She visits a beloved restaurant on what by chance is her favorite waiter's last night on the job. I can't help being reminded of my own comparable adventures: the bite of steak tartare which launched the love story that would become my marriage. Or the order of chicken fajitas shared with a friend, tears streaming down our cheeks - from the potent peppers, to be sure, but also from the pure joy of finding genuinely spicy Mexican food in Japan. Or the pot of hard-shelled crabs leftover from an embassy dinner party, shared with another friend at 12:30 in the morning. To read Fisher is to remember that great food nourishes the soul as well as the body.
Serve It Forth and the previously discussed Consider the Oyster are the first two books in the still larger collection entitled The Art of Eating. I look forward to reading the other three. The next is provocatively entitled How to Cook a Wolf.