An Alphabet for Gourmets

M.F.K. Fisher

North Point Press



Trade Paperback

232 Pages



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In Alphabet for Gourmets, M.F.K. Fisher arranges a selection of her essays in a whimsical way that reveals the breadth and depth of her passion. From A for (dining) alone to Z for Zakuski, "a Russian hors d'oeuvre," Fisher alights on both longtime obsessions and idiosyncratic digressions. As usual, she liberates her readers from caution and slavish adherence to culinary tradition—and salts her writings with a healthy dose of humor.


Praise for An Alphabet for Gourmets

"Since Mrs. Fisher wrote [An Alphabet for Gourmets], naturally it is witty, pungent and highly civilized, but also it has a special charm . . . It not only guides and titillates, it warms."—Rex Stout, The New York Times Book Review

"Full of sound counsel, shrewd observation, luscious memories of dinners eaten and wines drunk, and a lot of common sense spiced with personal recollection. It's a good mixture."—J.H. Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle

"Entertaining and knowledgeable."—The New Yorker

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  • M.F.K. Fisher

  • M.F.K. Fisher is the author of sixteen books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics. In 1991, she was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She died in 1992.