How to Cook a Wolf

Free Read How to Cook a Wolf - by M.F.K. Fisher - How to Cook a Wolf, How to Cook a Wolf M F K Fisher s guide to living happily even in trying times which was first published during the Second World War in the days of ration cards includes than seventy recipes based on food staples and f

  • Title: How to Cook a Wolf
  • Author: M.F.K. Fisher
  • ISBN: 9780865473362
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • How to Cook a Wolf

    Free Read How to Cook a Wolf - by M.F.K. Fisher - How to Cook a Wolf, How to Cook a Wolf M F K Fisher s guide to living happily even in trying times which was first published during the Second World War in the days of ration cards includes than seventy recipes based on food staples and f

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    1. Lobstergirl

      Part cookbook, part Hints from Heloise, How to Cook a Wolf is M.F.K Fisher s chatty, scatterbrained wartime guide for citizens hampered by food shortages or just lack of discretionary income generally There s no actual wolf cooking, which disappointed me the wolf is just a metaphor for hunger Some of her tips are a little bizarre Hayboxes are very simple.g whatever food you want to a sturdy boil, put it tightly covered on a layer of hay in the inside box, pack hay all around it, and cover the bo [...]

    2. Jennifer Cooper

      I wish I could have been friends with MFK Fisher This book is full of her strong opinions, down to earth suggestions, and fantastic dry wit Good stuff.The book was originally written as a practical how to for people who had to cook during the shortages and food rationing of World War II This edition was updated after the war, in 1951 Now, you may think that sounds like the set up for a particularly grim book, but you d be wrong She is generally undaunted by the limitations that war time cooks fa [...]

    3. Sylvester

      Not my usual thing, reading about food or cooking but Fisher is an amazing writer, I only wish she d taken to novels Her power of description and subtle irony are very entertaining and kept me going in spite of my disinterest in the subject matter Fisher is smart as a whip here are some of the chapter titles, to give you a taste of her wit How to be Sage Without HemlockHow to Catch the WolfHow to Distribute Your VirtueHow to Boil WaterHow to Keep AliveHow to Rise Up Like New BreadHow to Be Cheer [...]

    4. Abby Hagler

      How to Cook a Wolf is interesting because I know that my mother was a bad cook Thus, when I learned to cook, I also learned to be a bad cook Fisher s book is full of tips and tricks for saving money by budgeting, having a simple grocery list, and cooking in quantities that conserve on heat expenses, as well From this frugality comes a kind of happiness We rediscovered this in the slow food movement Currently, all the hip young people are trying to get away from the processed, the ready to eat, t [...]

    5. Amy

      I found this at my favorite used book store and it has a permanent spot on my kitchen shelf up at the cabin This is a reprint of the 1951 edition, which was created by the author adding marginal annotations to the 1942 original That only makes it better to my mind Many of these notes are along the lines of What the heck was I thinking and I can almost imagine a wry grin inserted here or there She s also added in tips what to do once the war rationing is overI can t find the exact passage, but sh [...]

    6. Heather Baird

      I am new to Fisher s writing, and instantly a fan It s lively, biting and intelligent Several times throughout the book I d lose myself inside a single sentence of her prose I wasn t expecting so much beauty and wit inside a wartime ration cookbook Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg until it is broken One way to horrify at least eight out of ten Anglo Saxons is to suggest their eating anything but the actual red fibrous meat of a beast So much of this book is still re [...]

    7. Muna

      MFK writes perhaps the best prose I ve ever read It doesn t hurt that she writes almost exclusively about food, one of my and anyone else who has the faintest conception of true human dignity and joy favorite subjects.Nor does it hurt that she used the term rich bitches perfectly in print in 1963 to describe the menacing and mundane upperclass One of the saving graces of the less monied people of the world has always been, theoretically, that they were forced to eat unadulterated, less dishones [...]

    8. Rose

      Not exactly a cookbook, but a book about cooking and eating, and the philosophy thereof MFK Fisher is some one I would have dearly loved to know.

    9. J.C.

      Vegetables cooked for salads should always be on the crisp side, like those trays of zucchini and slender green beans and cauliflowerets in every trattoria in Venice, in the days when the Italians could eat correctly You used to choose the things you wanted there were tiny potatoes in their skins, remember, and artichokes boiled in olive oil, as big as your thumb, and much tendererd then the waiter would throw them all into an ugly white bowl and splash a little oil and vinegar over them, and yo [...]

    10. Kristianne

      MFK Fisher s book seems uncannily appropriate to my days of unemployed living in America She was writing about the scarcity of war time America, but we ve become so accustomed to our country s overextended reach into military engagements abroad that war is not what comes to mind first as the cause for the wolf s snuffing at the door Rather, we bat the word recession around freely, and though it lacks the humility of the word poverty, it lacks also the pride of Fisher s war effort We ve been enco [...]

    11. Cat

      Fisher is a delightful prose stylist, and her advice for surviving in the midst of a wartime crunch on supplies resonates in a contemporary ecologically minded, waste averse context Plus, the recipes are a blast, and she s very witty I love her bracketed asides, commenting in the 1950s on the original text of the 1942 edition Fisher is not just telling readers how to skimp and save also how to mix cocktails, fantasize about luxurious cooking no longer within their means, and to feed pets cheaply [...]

    12. Dandi

      A biochemist once told me that every minute an egg is cooked makes it take three hours longer to digest The thought of a stomach pumping and grinding and laboring for some nine hours over an average three minute egg is a wearisome one, if true, and makes memories of picnics and their accompanying deviled eggs seem actively haunting This book contains some dubious advice and sadly requisite 50 s racism and internalized misogyny, but if you found the above passage amusing in any way, you ll have a [...]

    13. Tuck

      originally written to help folks stretch their money and choices for food cooking during wwii, but updated in 1951 korean and cold war, usa just cannot go on without wars right fisher is both smart and downtoearth in her funny stories and recipes keeping the wolf from the door her short answer to the wolf is it better watch out or she ll cook it too.

    14. Cynthia K

      This food memoir was not a book I found myself wanting to binge on This edition incorporates the author s later notes and additions in brackets, making for an awkward read However, I kept on going for three reasons 1 I committed to reading a food memoir for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge I picked this one because it was listed as one of Time s 100 Best Nonfiction Books 2 I was reminded of my grandmother, a woman who lived through The Depression and the sacrifices of the world wars which Fis [...]

    15. Kristen

      Have you ever seen the movie The Philadelphia Story If Katherine Hepburn s character were to dictate a war time cookbook it would be How to Cook a Wolf I enjoyed the observations on cooking, and the recipes from another time though Aunt Gwen s Cold Shape sounds quite unappetizing but most of all I LOVED this book for the author s wit Fisher is the epitome of a classy dame, who writes things like one of the stupidest things in an earnest but stupid school of culinary thought is that each of the t [...]

    16. Lindsey

      I d loved to have dined with M.F.K Fisher I can t nor would want to argue with her point that since we must eat to live, we might as well do it with both grace and gusto I d regard her as a reader s food writer considering her writing is peppered with references to Cervantes, Omar Khayyam, etc Completely charmed.Favorite passage On dessert Probably one of the best ends to a supper is nothing at all If the food has been simple, plentiful, and well prepared if there has been time to eat it quietly [...]

    17. Chris

      Excellent book Originally written during the second world war, it is on the surface a book explaining how to cook and live well in the midst of rationing and scarcity In reality, this book explains how to love food and love life, in good or bad times Fisher s voice is excellent and enjoyable In particular, this edition was reedited by her and she has included later commentary on her own writing Many of this added pieces are excellent and very funny This is a great book from a fantastic essayist. [...]

    18. Rachel

      I m going to have to buy a copy of this book I took it out from the library and didn t have it nearly long enough It s best enjoyed in small snippets, or the amount of information flying at you can get to be overwhelming M.F.K Fisher is so full of great tidbits and recipes that I know I ll need to refer to her later down the road, and her insistence that cooks be aware of things like the amount of energy they re using in cooking and how they re utilize even the meanest of leftovers is still time [...]

    19. Ann

      Not as fabulous as I d hoped, but still, I m glad to have it on my shelves Many of Fisher s ideas and recipes will hang with me We re loving baked apples and at last I can make a decent fried egg Thinking we ll try Eggs in Hell for breakfast The edition I read included comments in brackets that Fisher included many years after the original writing Those really added something Maybe that s what left me a bit disappointed that there weren t of Fisher s ideas and writing and less of her recipes.

    20. Kelly

      What a funny little book you are Fisher wasn t satisfied with the original text, and in the 1954 edition she includes all kinds of bracketed commentary, which make for an unusually aware reading experience Nonetheless, it includes many a tasty recipe and abundant simple, economical advice Some of it seems dated, others not It s always good to have additional weapons to fend off the wolf.

    21. Joy Schultz

      My, but the methods of dealing with wartime rationing are many and various Creative Alarming Fisher s style is lively, and her focus on how preparation of food is for the good of both body and soul strikes me as wise and timely.

    22. Debbie Balzotti

      This little gem is not for every reader I enjoyed her passionate opinions on food and how it is an important part of living life to the fullest The recipes from the 1940 s will probably not make it onto my table however the full review is on my blog at booklook springville

    23. Kate

      I wish I d had this during the post college post divorce ramen eating lean years Give it to anyone moving out on their own it s as much psychological being broke sucks, here s how to survive with a sense of humor as it is recipes.

    24. Leah W

      I ll write later I really loved this book, which is on one level a book about how to survive happily during wartime it was written in 1942 , but is also just a terrific piece of food writing.

    25. Meg

      I never thought I would read a cookbook for recreational purposes, but Wow this book blew my mind to pieces Then why only 3 stars Well, because it is still in its essence a cookbook, though we read it for very different reasons nowadays although I was tempted to try one recipe just so I could say I d made Eggs in Hell our grandparents certainly did However, if you skim through the actual cooking sections as I did, it s no less than a 5 star portrait of life during WWII rationing.Fisher is just a [...]

    26. Lissa Notreallywolf

      This is what I would call a belle lettres cookbook, as it is chatty and somewhat arch in it s approach, especially when directed at wartime privations I read it because it was recommended by Novella Carpenter There is, of course, no recipe for wolf, rather an allusion to Shakespeare For me, this was a vast relief as I have no desire to eat my patronus, nods to JK Rowling But I did find it entertaining, despite her distaste for parsnips, which I consider divine The book oddly neglects beans, one [...]

    27. Shiloah

      I learned a lot and am glad I read it She isn t the most invigorating writer, but she has many great ideas and I ve dog eared some recipes I want to try.

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