The Gastronomical Me

The Gastronomical Me

by M. F. K. Fisher


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ISBN-13: 9780865473928
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/10/1989
Series: Art of Eating Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 569,402
Product dimensions: 5.03(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

M. F. K. Fisher is the author of sixteen books of essays and reminiscences, many of which have become American classics. In 1991, she was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She died in 1992.

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Gastronomical Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
gwendolyndawson on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Food writing at its best. This is a memoir told through food. Much is left out, but the story is made more beautiful, more gossamer and mysterious, as a result. MFK Fisher remains a mystery, but her love (and true understanding) of food is not.
Talbin on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I really wanted to love MFK Fisher's The Gastronomical Me. Fisher is touted as the doyenne of modern food writing, I love food writing, and have never read anything by Fisher. The Gastronomical Me is an autobiographical look at her early life and her discovery of French food. She is in and out of France in the years leading up to WWII, which lends an additional layer of interest to her stories. But. But. As I read, I found I really didn't like her - I didn't like her at all. She comes off as smug, somewhat arrogant, laughing at herself but especially others about their food gaffes and personal foibles. There was little of the delight in learning about food that one finds in Julia Child or even Anthony Bourdain. I made it about two-thirds through the book and just couldn't continue. When the next book in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series came in at the library, I gladly abandoned The Gastronomical Me in favor of a rollicking sea adventure.
love2laf on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is close to a century old, and it did not strike me as at all dated! I was completely entranced by Fisher's story, and even more by her writing. I'm so tempted to read about her, but I think I want to read everything she's written before I do that. Then I can go back, and re-read them all again!
beccareads on LibraryThing 10 months ago
For many years this was "my favorite book" whenever I had to come up with one. It is still one of my favorites. This is memoir at its finest; if a description of something like cauliflower and cream casserole can make your mouth water, you know the author has talent. I always recommend this title for people who are in the midst of a slow food/local food/the-horrors-of-fast-food reading jag, and who isn't these days? I think of MFK Fisher every time I sit down at a restaurant table by myself.
IreneF on LibraryThing 10 months ago
M.F.K. Fisher was perhaps the 20th century's best food writer, although food, per se, was not her subject; her subject was all the things that happen while you are getting your food, eating it, and thinking about it: life, in other words. Although an amazingly good prose stylist, but I find that she hid as much as she revealed in her seemingly-personal accounts. I had to do a little research to get the basic facts about her life just to keep myself oriented. I found I could read this book best if I took it in small mouthfuls, like extra-rich ice cream. Could anyone have lived a life like hers? Maybe, maybe not--but read her anyway.
kimoqt on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Good writing. Glad I read her.