New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, [1943, 1943.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Author. Fisher, M.F.K. THE GASTRONOMICAL ME. Inscribed to her sister. New York: Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1943 . First Edition, Publisher's unknown variant of apricot cloth covered boards stamped in silver at the spine. Not the smooth green cloth normally encountered & likely one of the earliest author's copies. 8vo., 295pp, with the more uncommon first issue dustwrapper with the more provocative reclining pose shot by Hurrell. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper showing moderate use including two chips at the spine crown. Inscribed by Fisher to her sister in black fountain pen on the ffe: "For Aimee, with my love always / Mary". A superb family copy of this much admired tightly woven memoir & collection of cooking essays written over a twenty year period that have more to do with the entanglements of life & the appreciation of good things. Considered by many as her best book, TGM is about hunger in all its variant forms. "When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth, and the love of it - and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied. " Her lovely description of one of her meals speaks volumes about her craft: "There in Dijon, the cauliflowers were very small and succulent, grown in that ancient soil. I separated the flowerlets and dropped them in boiling water for just a few minutes. Then I drained them and put them in a wide shallow casserole, and covered them with heavy cream, and a thick sprinkling of freshly grated Gruyere, the nice rubbery kind that didnt come from Switzerland at all, but from the Jura. It was called rape in the market, and was grated while you watched, in a soft cloudy pile, onto your piece of paper". An excellent copy. "M. F. K. Fisher . brings onstage a peach or a brace of quail and shows us history, cities, fantasies, memories, emotions." - Patricia Storace, The New York Review of Books.
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