The Gastronomical Me

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The Gastronomical Me

The Gastronomical Me

  • Author: M. F. K. Fisher
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781911547006
  • Category: Electronic books
  • Page: 175
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classic of food writing that redefined the genre, The Gastronomical Me is a memoir of travel, love and loss, but above all hunger. In 1929 M.F.K. Fisher left America for France, where she tasted real French cooking for the first time. It inspired a prolific career as a food and travel writer. In The Gastronomical Me Fisher traces the development of her appetite, from her childhood in America to her arrival in Europe, where she embarked on a whole new way of eating, drinking, and living. She recounts unforgettable meals shared with an assortment of eccentric characters, set against a backdrop of mounting pre-war tensions. Here are meals as seductions, educations, diplomacies, and communions, in settings as diverse as a bedsit above a patisserie, a Swiss farm, and cruise liners across oceans. In prose convivial and confiding, Fisher illustrates the art of ordering well, the pleasures of dining alone, and how to eat so you always find nourishment, in both head and heart.

The Gastronomical Me

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The Gastronomical Me

The Gastronomical Me

  • Author: M. F. K. Fisher
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780865473928
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 252
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The author recounts her first experiences with various foods, recalls memorable meals, and describes her travels

An Extravagant Hunger

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An Extravagant Hunger

An Extravagant Hunger

The Passionate Years of M. F. K. Fisher

  • Author: Anne Zimmerman
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • ISBN: 1582438048
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 261
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Exploring Fisher's lonely and formative time in Europe with her first husband, her subsequent divorce and re-marriage to her second and his tragic suicide, the story of M.F.K. Fisher's life portrays the heartbreak and happiness that catapulted her to creative success. Reprint.

The Art of Eating

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The Art of Eating

The Art of Eating

  • Author: M. F. K. Fisher,Joan Reardon
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0764542613
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 784
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A commemorative keepsake edition of the food writing classic is a compilation of many of the author's best writings and features an introductory tribute by Fisher's leading biographer and quotes from some of today's top culinary names. Original.

The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity

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The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity

The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity

  • Author: Sandra M. Gilbert
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0393244032
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 448
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From the recipe novel to the celebrity chef, renowned scholar Sandra M. Gilbert explores the poetics and politics of food. In this stunning and important work, the prominent critic, poet, and memoirist Sandra M. Gilbert explores our relationship with food and eating through discussions of literature, art, and popular culture. Focusing on contemporary practices, The Culinary Imagination traces the social, aesthetic, and political history of food from myth to modernity, from ancient sources to our current wave of food mania. What does it mean to transform raw stuff into cooked dishes, which then become part of our own bodies; to savor festive meals yet resolve to renounce gluttony; to act as predators where in another life we might have become prey? Do the rituals of the kitchen have different meanings for men and women, for professional chefs and home cooks? Why, today, do so many of us turn so passionately toward table topics, on the page, online, and on screen? What are the philosophical implications of the food chain on which we all find ourselves? In The Culinary Imagination, Gilbert addresses these powerful questions through meditations on myths and memoirs, children’s books, novels, poems, food blogs, paintings, TV shows, and movies. Discussing figures from Rex Stout to Julia Child and Andy Warhol, from M. F. K. Fisher and Sylvia Plath to Alice Waters and Peter Singer, she analyzes the politics and poetics of our daily bread, investigating our complex self-definitions as producers, consumers, and connoisseurs of food. The result is an ambitious, lively, and learned examination of the ways in which our culture’s artists have represented food across a range of genres.

Playing House in the American West

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Playing House in the American West

Playing House in the American West

Western Women’s Life Narratives, 1839-1987

  • Author: Cathryn Halverson
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • ISBN: 0817318038
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 251
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Examining an eclectic group of western women’s autobiographical texts—canonical and otherwise—Playing House in the American West argues for a distinct regional literary tradition characterized by strategic representations of unconventional domestic life. The controlling metaphor Cathryn Halverson uses in her engrossing study is “playing house.” From Caroline Kirkland and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Willa Cather and Marilynne Robinson, from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth centuries, western authors have persistently embraced wayward or eccentric housekeeping to prove a woman’s difference from western neighbors and eastern readers alike. The readings in Playing House investigate the surprising textual ends to which westerners turn the familiar terrain of the home: evaluating community; arguing for different conceptions of race and class; and perhaps most especially, resisting traditional gender roles. Western women writers, Halverson argues, render the home as a stage for autonomy, resistance, and imagination rather than as a site of sacrifice and obligation. The western women examined in Playing House in the American West are promoted and read as representatives of a region, as insiders offering views of distant and intriguing ways of life, even as they conceive of themselves as outsiders. By playing with domestic conventions, they recast the region they describe, portraying the West as a place that fosters female agency, individuality, and subjectivity.

The Business of Tourism

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The Business of Tourism

The Business of Tourism

Place, Faith, and History

  • Author: Emeritus Board of Governors Professor Philip Scranton,Philip Scranton,Janet F. Davidson
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 9780812239683
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 288
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The Business of Tourism transports readers from the foundations of mass leisure travel in 1860s Egypt to contemporary religious sight-seeing in Branson, Missouri; from the Stalinist Soviet Union to post-Soviet Cuba. This collection of ten essays explores the enterprises, institutions, and technologies of tourist activity.

Material Dreams

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Material Dreams

Material Dreams

Southern California through the 1920s

  • Author: Kevin Starr
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199923272
  • Category: History
  • Page: 496
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Kevin Starr is the foremost chronicler of the California dream and indeed one of the finest narrative historians writing today on any subject. The first two installments of his monumental cultural history, "Americans and the California Dream," have been hailed as "mature, well-proportioned and marvelously diverse (and diverting)" (The New York Times Book Review) and "rich in details and alive with interesting, and sometimes incredible people" (Los Angeles Times). Now, in Material Dreams, Starr turns to one of the most vibrant decades in the Golden State's history, the 1920s, when some two million Americans migrated to California, the vast majority settling in or around Los Angeles. In a lively and eminently readable narrative, Starr reveals how Los Angeles arose almost defiantly on a site lacking many of the advantages required for urban development, creating itself out of sheer will, the Great Gatsby of American cities. He describes how William Ellsworth Smyth, the Peter the Hermit of the Irrigation Crusade, the self-educated, Irish engineer William Mulholland (who built the main aquaducts to Los Angeles), and George Chaffey (who diverted the Colorado River, transforming desert into the lush Imperial Valley) brought life-supporting water to the arid South. He examines the discovery of oil, the boosters and land developers, the evangelists (such as Bob Shuler, the Methodist Savanarola of Los Angeles, and Aimee Semple McPherson), and countless other colorful figures of the period. There are also fascinating sections on the city's architecture the impact of the automobile on city planning, the Hollywood film community, the L.A. literati, and much more. By the end of the decade, Los Angeles had tripled in population and become the fifth largest city in the nation. In Material Dreams, Starr captures this explosive growth in a narrative tour de force that combines wide-ranging scholarship with captivating prose.

The Gastronomic Regenerator

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The Gastronomic Regenerator

The Gastronomic Regenerator

a Simplified and Entirely New System of Cookery, with nearly Two Thousand Practical Receipts suited to the income of all Classes

  • Author: Alexis Soyer
  • Publisher: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & CO
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category:
  • Page: 336
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At the request of several persons of distinction, who have visited the Reform Club,—particularly the ladies, to whom I have always made it a rule never to refuse anything in my power, for indeed it must have been the fair sex who have had the majority in this domestic argument to gain this gastronomical election,—Why do you not write and publish a Cookery-book? was a question continually put to me. For a considerable time this scientific word caused a thrill of horror to pervade my frame, and brought back to my mind that one day, being in a most superb library in the midst of a splendid baronial hall, by chance I met with one of Milton’s allegorical works, the profound ideas of Locke, and several chefs-d’œuvre of one of the noblest champions of literature, Shakspeare; when all at once my attention was attracted by the nineteenth edition of a voluminous work: such an immense success of publication caused me to say, “Oh! you celebrated man, posterity counts every hour of fame upon your regretted ashes!” Opening this work with intense curiosity, to my great disappointment what did I see,—a receipt for Ox-tail Soup! The terrifying effect produced upon me by this succulent volume made me determine that my few ideas, whether culinary or domestic, should never encumber a sanctuary which should be entirely devoted to works worthy of a place in the Temple of the Muses. But you must acknowledge, respected readers, how changeable and uncertain are our feeble ideas through life; to keep the promise above mentioned, I have been drawn into a thousand gastronomic reflections, which have involved me in the necessity of deviating entirely from my former opinion, and have induced me to bring before the public the present volume, under the title of ‘The Gastronomic Regenerator,’ throughout which I have closely followed the plain rules of simplicity, so that every receipt can not only clearly be understood, but easily executed. I now sincerely hope, Ladies, that I have not only kept my promise, but to your satisfaction paid tribute to your wishes. You have not forgotten, dear reader, the effect that monstrous volume, the said nineteenth edition, produced upon me, therefore I now sincerely beg of you to put my book in a place suited to its little merit, and not with Milton’s sublime Paradise, for there it certainly would be doubly lost.

Common Bodies

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Common Bodies

Common Bodies

Everyday Practices, Gender and Religion

  • Author: Maaike de Haardt
  • Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
  • ISBN: 9783825855789
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 179
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The gendered body in its common, everyday activities and references is the central focus of this book. Recognizing the highly abstract and often 'disembodied' character of contemporary discussions on 'the body' in relation to gender, subjectivity and discourse, the authors of this anthology start their inquiries at a more mundane level by studying 'common bodies': human bodies and bodily practices in daily situations of (domestic) work and care, of sex, love and violence, and of prayer and ritual. From this angle of 'corporeal agency' they discuss the meaning of religion, religiosity, transcendence and/or Divinity.