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Book Title: How to Cook a Wolf|
The author of the book: M.F.K. Fisher
Edition: North Point Press
Date of issue: October 1st 1988
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Reader ratings: 7.4
ISBN 13: 9780865473362
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Part cookbook, part Hints from Heloise, How to Cook a Wolf is M.F.K. Fisher's chatty, scatterbrained wartime guide for citizens hampered by food shortages or just lack of discretionary income generally. There's no actual wolf-cooking, which disappointed me: the wolf is just a metaphor for hunger. Some of her tips are a little bizarre:
Hayboxes are very simple...bring whatever food you want to a sturdy boil, put it tightly covered on a layer of hay in the inside box, pack hay all around it, and cover the box securely. Then you count twice as long as your stew or porridge or vegetables would have taken to cook normally, open the haybox, and the food is done. It is primitive, and it is a good thing to know if fuel is a problem for you.
...in a souffle, add one cup of puffed cereal to the three separated eggs, and you will have food for four people.
Someone named le Vicomte de Mauduit informs that "meat puddings should be served between the months of September and April; during the months without an "R" in them meat pies should replace them."
Some tips have the whiff of wartime menace:
The best way to have fish for supper, in most places, will be to go out along the river or in your dinghy at the tide's change, if you can get past sentries and avoid the mines, and catch some mudcats or a few bass on your own hook.
Some are positively Dickensian. From the chapter "How to Keep Alive":
The first thing to do, if you have absolutely no money, is to borrow some. Fifty cents will be enough, and should last you from three days to a week...If you must pay for the stove, it will probably cost about ten cents for the current or gas. That cuts you down to forty cents...buy about fifteen cents worth of ground beef from a reputable butcher...about ten cents worth of ground whole-grain cereal...Spend the rest of your money on vegetables...slightly wilted or withered things a day old maybe. Otherwise buy the big coarse ugly ones...It does not matter if they be slightly battered: you will grind them into an odorous but unrecognizable sludge.
Assemble the vegs and meat. Cover with water, bring to a boil, simmer for an hour, stir in the cereal, cook another two hours or longer "if possible." Cool and keep in a cold place, like a cellar, if you have no icebox. You can dine on this for days and stay "in good health and equable spirits."
If fuel costs are your biggest worry, buy meat containing bones. Bones conduct heat and your meat will cook six minutes faster per pound. Also, put a couple empty tin cans in the center of your burning fire; they will retain a lot of heat that otherwise would go up the chimney.
Two of the scariest recipes are "Aunt Gwen's Cold Shape" - 1 calf head, quartered, 1/2 cup lemon juice or 1 cup white wine, herbs; and Mouth Wash: 2 ounces borax, 1 quart hot water, 1 teaspoon tincture of myrrh, 1 teaspoon spirits of camphor. Add pink coloring if your children demand it.
There are actually a few recipes I want to make: the bacon chowder, sausage (or sardine) pie, a (gulp) baked tuna casserole, and a tomato soup cake. Seriously. A cake with a can of tomato soup thrown in. I have to know what it tastes like.
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Read information about the authorMary Frances Kennedy Fisher was a prolific and well-respected writer, writing more than 20 books during her lifetime and also publishing two volumes of journals and correspondence shortly before her death in 1992. Her first book, Serve it Forth, was published in 1937. Her books deal primarily with food, considering it from many aspects: preparation, natural history, culture, and philosophy. Fisher believed that eating well was just one of the "arts of life" and explored the art of living as a secondary theme in her writing. Her style and pacing are noted elements of her short stories and essays.
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