Today is the birthday of M.F.K. Fisher – to call her a food writer is an understatement. She was fabulosity incarnate, amazingly talented and inspirational.
“You can still live with grace and wisdom, if you rely on your own innate sense of what you must do with the resources you have to keep the wolf from sniffing too hungrily through the keyhole.”
This is from a book she wrote during the wartime food shortages in 1942, called How To Cook A Wolf , that apparently saved many a woman from utter insanity & desperation.
Beautiful and sensual – with a fascinating love life – she was an idiosyncratic writer who would come up with little gems such as:
“Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg until it is broken.”
“Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters.”
“Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures . . .”
Her practical tips are still excellent AND she wrote Not Now But Now – a weird but utterly absorbing book about a time-travelling, utterly amoral femme fatale sort of gourmet nympho who managed to cross into other dimensions via some kind of cosmic warp she disovered on a particular express train.
Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune and the North Node all clustered together in Cancer! Opposed by Uranus in Capricorn. And then a Moon-Jupiter in Leo…
But all that Cancer & to be so interested in elegant forms of nourishment & the lives of the emotions…If you are not familiar with her works, do look at some of these links…
I DO think Cancerians are often the best cooks, btw.