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About the Author

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher (1908-1992) is the author of sixteen books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics. Her books include "The Gastronomical Me "and "How to Cook a Wolf". In 1991, she was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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C.M. Hébert is the perfect ac-companiment to M.F.K. Fisher's delightful recollection of the highs and lows of world travel and French food. Hébert reads these warm, yet sophisticated, descriptions of feasts, forays, and friends with a wistfulness and longing one can imagine Fisher herself feeling as she remembers delights long past. Hébert's perfect French adds a nice touch to Fisher's exquisitely crafted essays, and her cadence captures Fisher's humor and sense of irony at every bend. Whether she's describing the best waiter she ever met, the toil of a difficult sea voyage, or the joys of her California childhood, Hébert delivers a beautiful performance, tempting all of the senses with Fisher's love of life. H.L.S. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (May 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394713486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394713489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher writes about the pleasures of cooking and dining. But her stories of memorable meals, great recipes, and out-of-the-way restaurants are always presented in the context of the people and places she associates with them. Fisher's books are always autobiographies as well as travelogues, cook books and any number of other things. They defy categorization. The one thing they have in common is the superb writing of a master stylist. Her attention to detail, her observations and descriptions, are so rich that even a reader who has never had a particular interest in the subject matter of her essays is drawn into her fascinating world.
Oscar Wilde once wrote to the effect that great books cannot be judged by their subject matter or their philosophical bent, only by whether they are well written or not. By this criterion, Ms. Fisher is a great writer who deserves a wider audience.
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A particularly special essay in this collection is Fisher's perspective on why she chose to live where she does. As with her choice of food and associates, Fisher demonstrates that where/how/why we call home is a decision which also demands a state of mindfulness and purpose. In the chapter, she also describes the death of neighboring trees due to severe weather. I think about this description frequently, as with many Fisher musings the viewpoint lingers.
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What an engaging book of essays! I bought this on a hunch and am finding it simply absorbing. The stories are gently told and the insights hilarious, biting, kind, piercing. They are about people, towns, food, war, beauty, ugliness. I am even starting to understand the cultish following in the food community for MFK although her writings are as much about food as anything else. Her memories make me want to ask my mother and grandmother if it was like that for them, too. She speaks freely as if one is in the room with her thoughts, honored by the invitation.
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A good read
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