With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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M.F.K. Fisher wrote hundreds of stories for The New Yorker and twenty-six books, including How to Cook a Wolf and An Alphabet for Gourmets. Her personal essays helped define the food-writing genre. She died in 1992.
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.
P is for peas . . . [and here are] a few reasons why the best peas I ever ate in my life were, in truth, the best peas I ever ate in my life.