A true sophistication and subtlety, an acutely sensory appreciation and approach to autobiography -- this life in which food and love have played paramount parts. High moments at home and abroad, moments associated with choice foods and wines. A childhood in California; an early experiment which resulted in Hindu eggs --and mineral oil; boarding school and her first oyster; Dijon; youthful marriage and life in a pension, where she was indoctrinated in the art of fine cooking; America and the staleness of university life -- and escape from bondage to Europe with Chexbres, whom she loved, and whodied in Switzerland. Then 1940 --and America; Mexico with her brother. Aesthetic, cultivated, exotic, unconventional impressions -- spasmodically recalled.