To quote MFK Fisher is to drive at the heart of what it is to share food, to be human.
I have quoted (perhaps a bit too) liberally from her in the About section of this mealscape project. Still, a project such as this would not be complete without an hommage to her, and a collection of links to her finest thoughts on the meal. Some of her words went a long way to reaffirming the relevance of my dream of combining media studies, spiritual practice and the sacred space of the meal. Thank you Ms. Fisher!
To sum up her raison-d’etre as a writer, we might look to Clifton Fadiman:
“She writes about food as others do about love, but rather better.”
From the M.F.K. Fisher website, her official home and place of memory on the web, and home to the M.F.K. Fisher Award, an award presented to a woman food writer annually.
” Considered one of America’s greatest writers, her writings revere the art of eating simply but well, of taking pleasure where it is found and of loving life with all of its challenges. ”
A few select quotes to get you drooling:
- There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk. (MFK Fisher, The Gastronomical Me)
- …like most other humans, I am hungry. But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and intertwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. (MFK Fisher, The Gastronomical Me)
- So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one. (MFK Fisher, The Gastronomical Me)
- Whispers and odours and the tantalising noises of banqueting floated swiftly westward. Greece heard and smelled and was fascinated. Gastronomy nourished itself on rumour and from the Spartan black broth was born a refined and decadent philosophy of eating. (MFK Fischer, Serve it Forth)