Measure of Her Powers: An M. F. K. Fisher Reader

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Press:Counterpoint Counterpoint; F First Edition edition (November 1999)
Publication Date:1999-11
ISBN:9781582430317
Language:English

Content

Spanning six decades and more than twenty books by our most famous epicure, The M.F.K. 
Fisher Reader reveals the sharp wit and affectionate humor of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher.
Gathering journals, letters, and translations, The M.F.K.
Fisher Reader showcases Fisher's versatility, providing new readers and loyal fans alike with a sampler from her remarkable body of work.
M.F.K.
Fisher is a perennial literary favorite.
Her evolution from an uncertain young woman to a feisty elder with opinions about everything continues to fascinate readers who understand the complexities of life's hungers.
"Food is what she wrote about, although to leave it at that is reductionist in the extreme.
What she really wrote about was the passion, the importance of living boldly instead of cautiously; oh, what scorn she had for timid eaters, timid lovers, people who took timid stands, or none at all, on matters of principle." -Cyra McFadden, San Francisco Examiner

Review

"Food is what she wrote about, although to leave it at that is reductionist in the extreme. 
What she really wrote about was the passion, the importance of living boldly instead of cautiously; oh, what scorn she had for timid eaters, timid lovers, people who took timid stands, or none at all, on matters of principle." -- Cyra McFadden, San Francisco Examiner"If I were still teaching high-school English, I'd use [Fisher's] books to show how to write simply, how to enjoy food and drink but, most of all, how to enjoy life.
Her books and letters are one feast after another." -- Frank McCourt

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher is widely acknowledged as the creator of the genre we now call "food writing." She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received lifetime achievement awards from the James Beard Foundation and the American Institute of Wine and Food.

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Cookbooks, Food & Wine,Cooking Education & Reference,Essays,Literature & Fiction,History & Criticism,Books & Reading,General,Essays & Correspondence



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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     M.F.K. Fisher is the predecessor to Alice Waters. A Californian who learned early in life to appreciate the robust flavors of the freshest ingredients and how to achieve magic with them. The essays include Classical and modern history references to famous chefs and gourmandaise. The author touches subjects ranging from the outrageous and excesses of the Greeks and Romans to the shortages and sacrifices during wartime. A great reader for foodies.
  •     Great reading, nice essays on travelling, cooking, living in the 20th century-.
  •     Small print so hard to read for me. Not a fluff read as have to concentrate constantly. Quite different kind of book than I usually read.
  •     This book of autobiographical essays is the best introduction to the writings of M.F.K. Fisher that I know of. I've read a lot of her books, and this remains a favorite. She gives us glimpses into the archaic and loving rituals of French cuisine, as practiced by the Burgundians, the strangeness of being a teenage girl in a cloister-like California boarding school in the 20's, and being the young, newly-married wife of a poetry scholar in Strasbourg.The ironic thing about Fisher is that her husband was the literary scholar (Al Fisher wrote a monumental epic poem that vanished upon publication.) Her writing, however, is some of the best American prose; honest, perceptive, introspective and biting. Her work endures and provides more than just a viewpoint on cooking; it is a wonderful glimpse into pre-World War 2 Europe and America.
  •     One of our great non-fiction writers. Not foodie books as much as memoirs, small personal stories warmly told.

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