I like to crack open the M.F.K. Fisher anthology The Art of Eating. The 700+ page paperweight contains her short books Serve It Forth, Consider the Oyster, How to Cook a Wolf, The Gastromnomical Me, and An Alphabet for Gourmets. Fisher, who lived from 1908 to 1992, is less concerned with the provenance of food than the pleasures derived from it, and her prose is a joy, blunt and somehow whimsical without resorting to preciousness. Here’s her on an oyster: “He suddenly attaches himself to the first clean hard object he bumps into. His fifty million brothers who have not been eaten by fish may or may not bump into anything clean and hard, and those who do not, die.” A few pages later she compares a stew to a brothel.
Bio: Alex Halperin is an editor at Guernica. Read his last recommendation “here”:http://www.guernicamag.com/blog/1428/rec_room_alex_halperin_common/.