The title refers to the times when "the wolf is at the door." Fisher provides hints -- mostly but not exclusively culinary -- about how to make do, and even flourish, in lean times. (The book was published in the early years of World War II, during food and fuel shortages, and rationing.) There are plenty of recipes, from the absurd ("Sludge") to the sublime (Fruit aux Sept Liqueurs), all presented in Fisher's light-hearted, conversational style. Chapter titles include "How to Boil Water," "How Not to Boil an Egg," and "How to Keep a Sleek Pelt" (keeping pets going in lean times). A copy of this book may be glimpsed on the night table of the prostitute played by Kim Basinger in the movie "L.A. Confidential." The book offers an engaging look into another time (may it never come again!).
This report prepared by David Loftus