An abecedarian collection of 27 essays by M.F.K. Fisher, first published in 1949. The rather whimsical list of topics dear to our stomachs is listed below.

This collection attempts to persuade us that one should learn to dine out alone and that you will find it is a rewarding experience. We find that bachelors are often masters of their kitchens, and the true gourmet will throw caution to the wind.

And if you want to know why six is the right number of people for a gourmet dinner at home, read the book: it's perfect for post-prandial perusal.