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Laura ShapiroWho was that mysterious woman sitting alone in a restaurant, relishing a meal she had chosen so astutely that the other diners, even the waiters, were stunned? Who was that narrator so elusive we can only picture her veiled? Anyone who has ever asked this question, either in pleasure or in mounting irritation, will pounce on Joan Reardon's Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M. F. K. Fisher. Reardon's approach to her complex subject is wonderfully clearheaded -- she's appreciative without being worshipful -- and her prose is so graceful, sensitive and dignified that it would have satisfied even a stylist like Fisher.
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