This is a challenge that is designed for moi! I'm reading Serve It Forth, M.F.K. Fisher's book, and it is all about food.
Here's a bite:
"Central heating, French rubber goods, and cookbooks are three amazing proofs of man's ingenuity in transforming necessity into art, and, of these, cookbooks are perhaps most lastingly delightful. Many an old belly has been warmed by the reading of them, and for one secret from them, steaming ruddy brown on plate, how many youthful pleasures have been counted well lost!
However, cooking in itself is, for most women, a question less of vocation than of necessity. They are not called to the kitchen by the divine inner voice of a Vatel or an Escoffier. Rather are they lured there, willy-nilly, by the piping of their husbands' empty stomachs."
In two paragraphs Fisher has managed to explain why I have never become a gourmet cook...my husband's empty stomach.
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