M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens

M. F. K. Fisher among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens

by Joan Reardon
     
 


"For decades, food-lovers have taken enormous pleasure in the stories, the characters and the inimitable prose style of M. F. K. Fisher. Now we discover the kitchens and the dinner tables—the very meals that inspired M. F. K. Fisher to write. In this insightful and evocative book, Joan Reardon distills Fisher's life to its culinary essence and reveals her to… See more details below

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"For decades, food-lovers have taken enormous pleasure in the stories, the characters and the inimitable prose style of M. F. K. Fisher. Now we discover the kitchens and the dinner tables—the very meals that inspired M. F. K. Fisher to write. In this insightful and evocative book, Joan Reardon distills Fisher's life to its culinary essence and reveals her to us anew."—Laura Shapiro, author of Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century

"Reardon's commentary reveals an intimate understanding of the personality of M. F. K. Fisher. Few who enjoy food and read M. F. K. Fisher's work do not thirst to know more about this woman, and knowing about the places she lived and cooked gives a greater understanding of her writings, her feelings, her passions and frustrations."—Jerry Anne DiVecchio, Senior Food Editor, Sunset Magazine

“I've always admired M. F. K. Fisher's gastronomical ingenuity and vivid culinary imagination. In this rich portrait, Joan Reardon eloquently shares with us Mary Frances's great lesson: to cook well, you need only the most elementary kitchen, a mortar and pestle, and full awareness of your own five senses.”—Alice Waters

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Editorial Reviews

O At Home

“A brisk, charming biography of the beloved food writer’s life, through the lens of where and what she cooked.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“Reardon delivers a history that, like Fisher’s famous dishes, is at once simple and hugely enjoyable.”
New York Newsday

“The charm and timeless inspiration are immediately accessible in this gorgeous volume.”
National Post

“An informed and elegant treatise on the kitchens in which. . . probably the greatest food writer of the 20th century worked and cooked.”
Orange Coast Magazine

“Charming tribute.”
San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Summarizes key points in Mary Frances' life and complicated relationships, but through the intriguing slant of the many homes she lived in.”
The Wine News

“Insightful. . . Needs to be enjoying a primo position on your bookshelf.”
Eat Me Daily

“A reissue most worth paying attention to.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255555
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/03/2008
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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"A brisk, charming biography of the beloved food writer's life, through the lens of where and what she cooked."

O At Home

"Deftly told. . . Reveals the origins of her awareness of the power and pleasure of food."—Library Journal

"Reardon delivers a history that, like Fisher's famous dishes, is at once simple and hugely enjoyable."—Philadelphia
Inquirer

"The charm and timeless inspiration are immediately accessible in this gorgeous volume."—New York Newsday

"An informed and elegant treatise on the kitchens in which. . . probably the greatest food writer of the 20th century worked and cooked."—National Post

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