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As They Were Paperback – May 12, 1983
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M. F. K. Fisher was one of the great food writers of the twentieth century. Born in 1908 in Albion, Michigan, she grew up in Whittier, California, and was educated at Illinois College, Occidental College, UCLA, and the University of Dijon in France. Fisher travelled to and lived in Europe throughout her adult life. The author of numerous books, magazine articles, novels, and a translation of Brillat-Savarin’s The Physiology of Taste, she is best remembered for her gastronomical works and the autobiographical nature of her writings about people, places, and food. Fisher died in 1992.
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The stories in this collection have largely appeared elsewhere, and one has the sense the collection was put together as a new title just to provide Ms. Fisher with an infusion of cash.
Try Two Towns in Provence instead. I love that one -- especially the Aix-en-Provence years, and revisiting Aix with her daughters.
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.
I knew nothing of this author - execpt that she was a noted food writer - prior to picking up this book. She mentions being in Europe with her children for long stretches, yet makes no mention of their father, which I found curious. No mention of how she is supporting herself all this time, just prose-y observations.