Consider the Oyster

Consider the Oyster 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

  • Title: Consider the Oyster
  • Author: M.F.K. Fisher
  • ISBN: 9780865473355
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 la Rockefeller or au naturel and of the pearls sometimes found therein Fisher describes her mother s joy at encountering oyster loaf in a giM.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 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.

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    1. This exceedingly modest book (a mere 77 pages) presented me with some modest, unexpected dilemmas. Seeing it in a book swap and recalling, from an encounter years ago, that I was determined to read one of her volumes someday, I picked it up, thinking I'd breeze through it and return it to the swap--I'm trying to pare my library. But I find I don't want to let go of it. Now the question is whether it belongs in my kitchen with the cookbooks (because it does contain recipes) or somewhere among the [...]

    2. This book both introduced me to and sparked my love of oysters and also of MFK Fisher, whom W. H. Auden called "America's greatest writer."nytimes/books/98/01/18 "An oyster leads a dreadful but exciting life. Indeed, his chance to live at all is slim, and if he should survive the arrows of his own outrageous fortune and in the two weeks of his carefree youth find a clean smooth place to fix on, the years afterwards are full of stress, passion and danger. . . .""Men have enjoyed eating oysters si [...]

    3. A delicious morsel of a book. "It should be opened at street temperature in a cool month, never iced, and plucked from its rough irregular shell at once, so that its black gills still vibrate and cringe with the shock of the air upon them. It should be swallowed, not too fast, and then its fine salt juices, more like the smell of rock pools at low tide than any other food in the world, should be drunk at one gulp from the shell. Then, of course, a bite or two of buttered brown bread must follow, [...]

    4. MFK Fisher is my new girl crush. Just look at her. This book really is just about oysters and I wish there was more. Fisher is sharp, snobby and super funny. She has included several recipes. My favorite is To Make a Pearl. In the list of ingredients, 1 diving-girl.

    5. MFK Fisher is a snob and I like it. I wouldn't want to have been friends with her but I love reading her words. Bought this book for K a long time ago because he loves oysters, and I stole it from him. Sentences like: "A better [tartar sauce] can be made from this recipe, which is easy if you have an herb garden, and impossible, but still fun to think about, if you do not." Or: "Far removed as this recipe may seem from the ordinary kitchen's possibilities, it still has not that fabulous quality [...]

    6. As long as it takes for an oyster to slowly evolve its way into crispness/liquoric stupor/optimal salinity is about as long as you'd want to linger over every word, phrase, sentence, paragraph, chapter of this book. Fisher takes her time to nudge descriptions into succinctness, whether directly narrating factual foundations or musing in the heavens of magical realism laced with truth. It's the literary equivalent of slow food, proving there are two sides (probably more) to every bivalve story.

    7. After reading this book, I had two thoughts: MFK Fisher is a crazy, snobby old loon; and would I ever love to sit next to her at a dinner party. Her writing is witty, knowledgeable and from a different era. There are great recipes; the one on oyster loaves was the most tantalizing to me. At about 75 pages, this book is an easy read. I would read other stuff by this looney old girl.

    8. I learned that you can make an "oyster loaf" by slicing off the top of a loaf of crusty bread, jamming a bunch of fried oysters in there, covering everything with butter, and then sticking it back in the oven. Sounds tasty.Also, I (think I) learned that oysters are alive when you eat them raw.

    9. This is what all food writing should be. So witty and erudite that it barely touches the ground; effortlessly edifying. Full of richness, but easy like a summer breeze. MFK Fisher is a stunning writer.

    10. Always a pleasure With wit and billowy prose, MFK Fischer drops the reader into the magic world of the oyster. From cozy British pubs to east coast seaside shucks or a loaf she never quite ate, but nevertheless remembers well, the stories are filled in with smattering of recipes consisting of mostly butter and oysters. If you're not looking for oyster houses by chapter two, I'll eat my hat.

    11. Great recipes This was a very interesting book that included a lot of delicious sounding recipes that I would like to try.

    12. Stories, recipes, thoughts about oysters. Just perfect. Fisher could consider anything and it would be a delight.

    13. I wish I had read this before my father wangled me into eating a raw oyster, several times, in New Orleans when I was a kid; I might have liked them. I m-i-g-h-t be willing to try them again. Then again, maybe not. :-)

    14. A nice little book, perfect for reading today. The authors experiences of global oyster eating seem to surpass my own, yet I am surprised at her opinion that Chesapeake and waters farther south hold second rate bivalves while every other oyster was superbly to her taste. I have eaten oysters in France and England, and several areas of our west coast whose taste was less pleasing than my favorite of all, Apalachicola Bay oysters. I was weened on Chesapeake Bay seafood and have eaten especially fi [...]

    15. I identify with Consider the Oyster on a personal level, having grown up on the Atlantic and later Pacific coasts, and having had gastronomical and what could be considered professional contact with oysters all my life. I enjoyed her stories, second-hand tales, and explanations but I didn´t enjoy her gender-rific use of "man" and "men" to describe traits of people, or human truths or whatever - my sister loves oysters more than I do, there´s no reason why she shouldn´t include my sister, and [...]

    16. Unfortunately this does not hold up well. The language is dated (and a little pompous) and there are tons of time sensitive references that you will only get if you've deeply immersed yourself in 1940s/1950s pop and socialite cultures (and I haven't). The actual information one can glean about oysters is interesting and some of the recipes look like they'd be fun to try just for the sake of doing it. Her writing about eating and cooking - when she's not making it "relevant" to her day and age - [...]

    17. My colleague charmed me the other day when, in a confiding mood, she told me the story of tasting her first oyster on the half shell. She was in her early twenties when she was invited to a fancy catered party. The host, an oysterphiliac, caught wind of my colleague's oyster virginity and insisted, publicly, that she try one. With the spotlight on her, my colleague gamely tipped an oyster down her throat. Her cheeks promptly burned a shameful red. You see, her mind had leapt to an unexpected ana [...]

    18. I chose this book for my book club, based on my recollection of how much I had enjoyed "The Gastronomical Me" many years ago. I'm afraid I won't soon live this one down.The good: MFK Fisher is such a fantastic writer. She puts together a sentence like no other- her imagery is perfection, her words the exact ones needed. The less-good: enfin, this is a book about oysters. And much of it traipses from recipe to recipe, not exactly scintillating stuff for a book club. I enjoyed this despite not bei [...]

    19. Mary Frances Kennedy (MFK) Fisher is a delight to read and she is growing on me with each volume of hers that I take up. She has a very wry sort of humor that is often in evidence, but she also shares her bittersweet memories with us too. Don't let this slim volume fool you. It's not a recipe book, although it contains a number of recipes which round out her wonderful musings on The Oyster!A food and travel writer of the first order, I have yet to read any food or travel writing quite like hers. [...]

    20. I was so happy to finally read this. I've wanted to for quite some time, especially after reading a biography of M.F.K. Fisher (she wrote Consider the Oyster for her dying partner, Dillwyn Parrish), but it wasn't available on Kindle. Finally, I received a copy of the physical book. It's a thin little volume, but so witty and richly written. Totally classic M.F.K. Fisher. Made me crave oysters like hell.

    21. Leave it to MFK Fisher to write a whole book on Oysters. She was apparently a devoted consumer of these unlucky shellfish, typical of her "I'll eat anything" motto in life. She covers -- you should pardon the expression -- the entire waterfront with this book, with recipes for everything from Oyster Loaf to Hang Town Fry as well as all the mythology and folk beliefs about the benefits of eating screaming, live protoplasm cut out of the shell.

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