29 May 2010

Weekend Cooking: A Stew or a Story by M. F. K. Fisher

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As many of you know, I was New York City this past week attending Book Expo America (BEA). I was lucky enough to have some moments of free time, which I spent visiting bookstores (what else?).

Dawn from She Is Too Fond of Books was my navigator (see her blog for stories of our adventures in Central Park!), and one of the first stores we browsed through was McNally Jackson.

Guess what I found hidden in the food and cooking section? A Stew or a Story, a collection of essays and short pieces by M. F. K. Fisher. The book was originally published by Shoemaker & Hoard in 2006 and was compiled by Joan Reardon. I have had a hard time finding this volume, so I immediately snatched the last copy off the shelf and took it home with me (well, I paid for it, of course!).

Fisher is my favorite food writer, and this book gathers articles that originally appeared in women's magazines, newspapers, literary magazines, and food magazines. The essays are grouped into the following sections:
  • Fiction
  • Personal Gastronomy
  • Food, Wine, and Other Potables
  • Places and People
  • Seasons and Celebrations
I plan to read this collection slowly and will share my reading adventures with you. Shall I start with the piece titled "Coffee" or perhaps "Spoon Bread and Moonlight"? I have several dozen articles to choose from.

A Stew or a Story at Powell's
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Published by Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006
ISBN-13: 9781593761653


Heather 5/29/10, 7:38 AM  

Oooo! What excellent booty! That sounds like a fantastic collection. I've never read Fisher; sounds like something I need to remedy.

I'm glad y'all will be home soon; I've missed all of you!

Chrisbookarama 5/29/10, 8:12 AM  

What a find! Sounds like the perfect book for you.

JoAnn 5/29/10, 8:29 AM  

What a lucky find! I have more of MFK Fisher's essays to read in my New Yorker food writing anthology - thanks for reminding me. I'd love to hear about the "Coffee" piece, but am sure they will all be wonderful!

Anonymous,  5/29/10, 8:47 AM  

I've never heard of that book, but it sounds really nice, a book with lots in it that you can discover. Happy reading!

You might like to know that as a result of two Weekend Cooking posts by others, I used the recipes to make some lovely poppy seed scones with rhubarb jam. Check it out on http://leeswammes.wordpress.com

Beth 5/29/10, 9:17 AM  

What a find!

I hope you had a lovely time in NYC!

Molly 5/29/10, 9:21 AM  

I do enjoy M. F. K. Fisher and hope to start collecting a few of books over time.

I look forward to you sharing some of this books with us.

Welcome back!!

Sherrie 5/29/10, 11:28 AM  

Hi Beth,
I've never read this author before. I'll have to find some of her books. Have a great day!

Just Books

Tina 5/29/10, 12:56 PM  

You must start with coffee...few of us can do anything intelligent without some joe to start us, so I'm dying to see what the essay has to say about it. What a find!

Sandy Nawrot 5/29/10, 2:44 PM  

I'm glad to know that you and Dawn are not still wandering aimlessly in Central Park, digging through trash cans to forage for food! This book sounds like a total find. Please read quickly and report in!

Julie P. 5/29/10, 3:57 PM  

What a gem to find! Sounds like you'll love it!

Margot 5/29/10, 5:29 PM  

So glad you found that special book. Sounds like a great souvenir from NYC, although I'm sure you brought back many such souvenirs. I'm looking forward to hearing about some of the stories.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 5/29/10, 10:05 PM  

"well, I paid for it, of course!" LOL!

Yes, start with the coffee and end with the moonlight; great bookends to a this collection of essays.

Heather 5/30/10, 10:54 PM  

It was just too hot here to cook last week. I was very uninspired. I don't like it that hot and when your kitchen is also around 30C or 90F its not nice.

Esme 5/31/10, 5:31 PM  

Beth I cannot wait to read your review of this. Great meeting you at the BEA. Have you recuperated from BEA-I just returned home last night around 11 pm-what can I say-I love NYC and am exhausted today.

Anonymous,  5/31/10, 6:19 PM  

Beth, thanks for inviting me by. I didn't realize posts here could be non-book-related...but since they can, I added my link. I might not be here often, but here is my one entry anyway. :)

Unfinished Rambler, who is hanging out at the above address

Valerie 6/1/10, 12:25 AM  

M.F.K. has long been a favorite author of mine. I still don't have this one, so I would have snatched it up also!

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