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This collection of interviews captures the conversations of a writer about whom the Chicago Sun-Times says, "She is to literary prose what Sir Laurence Olivier is to acting or Willie Mays is to baseball." These interviews reveal M.F.K. Fisher's fierce wit and her uncompromising and frequently contradictory attitudes toward the luxuries and necessities of gastronomy - the idea that sensual appreciation, in all aspects of life, is or should be necessary. In her conversations Fisher often returns to the complexities of her own life - the people and places she has loved: Dijon in the l930s, with its irrepressible and colorful chefs and landladies; her classically late-Victorian mother who lived much of her mature life as an invalid; Rex, Fisher's father, whose newspaper ethics and integrity influenced her work; her three husbands, with special attention to the painter Dillwyn Parrish, her great love, whose illness and suicide shortly before the suicide of Fisher's younger brother so shaped her complex view of detachment. Other recurring subjects in these interviews include the nature of aging, the differences between men and women, and Fisher's relationship with her work, which she describes with precision and a selective memory. These pieces give us a view of M.F.K. Fisher in motion - speaking and changing her mind at will and unable to tolerate simplistic strategies of thinking and living.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878055951
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Career Woman - 1942 Style 3
That Wolf at Your Front Door 5
In Provence, That Land of Brittle Languors 8
The Art of Eating, the Art of Living 10
The Grand Dame of Gastronomy 14
A Simple Country Lunch with M. F. K. Fisher 22
Dawdling in Marseilles 34
Romancing People, Places and Food 37
As the Lingo Languishes 41
M. F. K. Fisher: How to Cook a Wolf and Other Gastronomical Feats 52
How to Cook a Life 60
Fisher: Past, Present, Future Together 66
M. F. K. Fisher 70
M. F. K. Fisher: Philosopher-Poet of the Stove 76
M. F. K. Fisher: A Profile 85
A Conversation with M. F. K. Fisher 96
Eating Well Is the Best Revenge: A Conversation with M. F. K. Fisher 104
America's Finest Food Writer - M. F. K. Fisher: An Intimate Portrait 107
Loving Brillat-Savarin: A Tale of a Tasteful Affair 117
M. F. K. Fisher Is More than a Cookbook Author 122
It's Not Just Eating 126
Christmas with M. F. K. Fisher 129
Something of a Ghost: Conversations with M. F. K. Fisher 133
The Prime of M. F. K. Fisher 159
M. F. K. Fisher: Essayist 167
M. F. K. Fisher 178
The Fatherland 187
M. F. K. Fisher 198
Index 207
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