First Folio edition, first print slipcased hardback of AN ALPHABET FOR GOURMETS by M. F. K. Fisher. Introduction by Paul Levy. Illustrated by Ian Beck. Published by the Folio Society, London in 2005.

The book is in very good condition (Quarter bound in green cloth with paper sides printed with a design by the artist and gilt lettering on spine). The original dark green slipcase is in very good condition with only minor wear. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908 – 1992) was a preeminent American food writer. She was also a founder of the Napa Valley Wine Library. She wrote some 27 books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics, including a translation of The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin. Two volumes of her journals and correspondence came out shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her books are an amalgam of food literature, travel and memoir. Fisher believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored this in her writing. W. H. Auden once remarked: "I do not know of anyone in the United States who writes better prose."

An Alphabet for Gourmets was published serially in Gourmet: December, 1948, January, February, March, April, July, August, September and November, 1949, an abed on the pleasures of food and drink. Contents with delightful drawings illustrate each letter of the alphabet: Intoduction; A Foreword; A is for dining Alone; B is for Bachelors; C is for Cautious; D is for Dining out; E is for Exquisite; F is for Family; G is for Gluttony; H is for Happy; I is for Innocence; J is for Juvenile dining; K is for Kosher; L is for Literature; M is for Monastic; N is for Nautical; O is for Ostentation; P is for Peas; Q is for Quantity; R is for Romantic; S is for Sad; T is for Turbot; U is for Universal; V is for Venality; W is for Wanton; X is for Xanthippe; Y is for Yak; Z is for Zakuski; From A to Z: The Perfect Dinner; Index of Recipes.

"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.

'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

Book Size 6 ¾" x 8 ¾". 239 pages. Each letter of the alphabet illustrated in colour by Ian Beck.

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MFK Fisher AN ALPHABET FOR GOURMETS Folio Society 2005


    First Folio edition, first print slipcased hardback. Introduction by Paul Levy. Illustrated by Ian Beck. Published by the Folio Society in 2005


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